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Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum

"This small garden is half my world..." wrote former Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer about her charming, colorful garden. Nestled among the flowers is a garden cottage, Edankraal, which served as Anne's writing retreat.

The garden, restored and maintained by Hillside Garden Club, includes Spencer's own roses, as well as lilac, bulbs, peonies, iris and daylilies. Wisteria and vintage grapes climb the arbors and a colorful pond is alive with goldfish and an historic fountain head. Push button speakers and on-site brochures enhance the visitor's visit.

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1313 Pierce St. Lynchburg 434-845-1313


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Appalachian Power Arboretum

This arboretum features trees and shrubs with a mature height of less than 35 feet which are suitable for planting beneath utility lines. Trees were chosen for their hardiness, beauty, and availability, and include cultivars such as Tatarium Maple, and Fragrant Snowbell.

Over 60 varieties are planted in rows, and labeled with their common and botanical names. Every season offers an opportunity to learn about the selected varieties, including tree shape, bark texture, leaf, flower, and berry color.

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4001 Mayflower Dr. Lynchburg 434-522-4293

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Avoca Museum and Gardens and Dinwiddie Arboretum

Avoca is the home site of Revolutionary War patriot Colonel Charles Lynch. Enormous rare specimen trees shade a Queen Anne style house built in 1901. Colorful annual and perennial plantings line the brick walks leading to outbuildings and a historic family graveyard.

Close by is the newly established Dinwiddie Arboretum which represents great community involvement by individuals and civic groups from Altavista, and includes over 50 varieties of exotic and native trees and shrubs, memorial garden areas, and a pond.

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1514 Main St. Altavista 434-369-1076


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The Awareness Garden

Located at the Ed Page entrance of the Blackwater Creek Natural Area, The Awareness Garden honors the families, friends and caregivers whose lives have been touched by cancer.

Central to the naturalistic design is Lalla's Bell, rung in celebration of a life or a stage of treatment in the quest for victory over cancer. Colorful annual flower displays enhance the handsome arbor, the playful fountain, the perennial beds and butterfly garden. Tall native trees form a peaceful backdrop for the garden.

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1700 Old Langhorne Rd. Lynchburg 434-384-6740


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Cheatham Memorial Garden and Monument

Behind the New Concord Presbyterian Church, organized in 1835, is a spacious garden terrace under towering native oak trees. A stunning granite memorial honors benefactor Owen R. Cheatham, founder of Georgia Pacific, and who attended the church as a boy.

Four ascending monoliths represent four virtues symbolic of Cheatham's life principles. The formal monolith design is softened by curving brick walks and walls, native boxwood, American holly trees and white azaleas. The garden features spring bulbs and peonies, summer annuals, and a beautiful fall foliage display.

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5588 New Chapel R. Concord 434-993-2151


9:00am till dusk

Claytor Nature Study Center, Cloverlea Gardens, and Beautiful Gardens™

Three sites are located within 470 acres of land donated to Lynchburg College by A. Boyd Claytor, III. The Claytor Natural Area includes hiking trails, pristine natural habitats and 1.5 miles of the Big Otter River.

An antebellum farmhouse at Cloverlea Gardens includes formal rose and perennial gardens, an infinity pond and spectacular views of the Peaks of Otter. A fenced one acre research and demonstration garden supports the Beautiful Gardens™ program, which develops new cultivars of trees, shrubs and flowers.

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1844 Woods Rd. Bedford 540-587-6782


8:30a.m. - 5:30p.m.

Dorothy Crandall Bliss Botanic Garden

This garden of wildflowers and plants native to the southeastern United States is located on Randolph College’s campus and honors Botany Professor Dorothy Crandall Bliss. Plants are labeled on the hillside garden and include endangered and rare species of special botanical interest.

Spring brings drifts of Virginia bluebells, Catawba rhododendron, azaleas, and mountain laurel. Native coreopsis, cone flower, and bee balm abound in summer, while in autumn, cardinal flowers, great blue lobelias, and witch hazel bloom alongside the pond, followed by deciduous hollies and winterberry.

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Norfolk Ave., Randolph College, Lynchburg 434-947-8000

9:00am till dusk

Miller-Claytor HouseGarden

Lynchburg's sole remaining 18th century town house was moved and restored at its present location near Riverside Park in 1936. The house is owned by the Lynchburg Historical Foundation.

The charming garden was designed by famed Virginia landscape architect Charles Gillette and with modifications has been maintained by the Lynchburg Garden Club since 1940. An English boxwood parterre, native dogwood, peonies, lilac and bulbs enhance the stone terrace and paths and are sheltered by a stately Tulip Poplar tree.

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2200 Miller Claytor Ln. Lynchburg 434-528-5353


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National D-Day Memorial

The grounds of the National D-Day Memorial are filled with a variety of gardens that enhance the larger interpretative story of the Normandy Invasion of June 6, 1944.

The Richard S. Reynolds Sr. garden has colorful annual plantings that mimic the colors and shape of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force patch. Along with abundant memorials, visitors to the Blue Star and Gold Star gardens find lush perennial beds that brighten quiet sitting areas created to honor those who served or gave their lives in service to our country.

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3 Overlord Circle, Bedford 540-586-3329


10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Old City Cemetery Museums and Arboretum

History and horticulture abound in this 26-acre rehabilitated public cemetery established in 1806. Hundreds of historical plantings include a medicinal herb garden, lotus pond and butterfly garden, shrub garden, and a superb collection of antique roses.

Visitors can wander the brick pathways, enjoying the large, specimen trees, old boxwoods, and the many perennial flowers while they learn about the history of the cemetery, including the five museums and Confederate section, the Old Potter’s Fields, and the modern scatter garden.

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401 Taylor St. Lynchburg 434-847-1465


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Riverfront Park

This two-acre park is a model of sustainable design. Located along the James River, the park features rain gardens, reused granite slabs, sustainably harvested ipe wood boardwalks, porous walkway surfaces, and hundreds of flowering plants, shrubs, and trees.

The beautiful rain gardens are designed to capture, hold back, and filter storm water before it is released to the nearby James River. Plants include Black-eyed Susan, Virginia Sweetspire, Joe-Pye Weed, Stokes Aster, River Oats, Purple Love Grass, American Elm, Red Oak, and Downy Serviceberry.

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1000 Jefferson St. Lynchburg 434-455-5858


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Sweet Briar College Campus

The entire 3,250 acre campus of Sweet Briar College is a veritable garden complimenting the historic buildings in the rural setting. Small gardens honoring individual donors feature floral displays of perennials or native plants, fountains and seating.

Daisy's Garden honors the child of the college founders and adjoins Sweet Briar House, home of the College President. Old-growth hardwood forests define the campus entrance and the passage to Monument Hill where Daisy's grave is surrounded by a wisteria-covered stone wall, ancient plantings and a scenic campus view.

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Sweet Briar, VA 434-381-6326


6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

Extensive archeology has revealed historical details of the 4,000 acre plantation, including the 61-acre curtilage of paper mulberry trees which surrounds the magnificent octagonal house at the center of the property.

Beyond this ornamental landscape nearest Jefferson's villa retreat were the agricultural fields containing orchards, vegetable gardens, slave quarters, and farm-related buildings. Detailed brochures and GPS-guided audio/visual walking tours allow visitors to see into the future and enjoy the ongoing restorative plantings.

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1542 Bateman Bridge Rd. Forest 434-534-8116


10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wharton Memorial Garden

The Wharton Memorial Gardens are a community feature located between the Bedford Library and the Bower Center for the Arts. Mature trees along with wildflowers and a boxwood maze remain from the original gardens on the site.

Brick-lined annual and perennial beds have been newly established along with the addition of choice species of ornamental shrubs and trees. A garden in memory of physician and daylily hybridizer Dr. John Wente features some of his best unnamed Hemerocallis hybrids.

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305 North Bridge St. Bedford 540-586-4235


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