Historic Garden Week at UVA
Each year in April, the sights, sounds, and scents of spring on the Jeffersonian Grounds come alive during the Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week.
The relationship between the Garden Club of Virginia and UVA goes back at least 68 years, when the club restored the University’s Pavilion Gardens with proceeds from Historic Garden Week. Beginning with the West Pavilion gardens in 1947, restoration included the surrounding serpentine walls, an original feature of Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village. The club hired noted Colonial Williamsburg landscape architects Alden Hopkins and Donald Parker to design these Colonial Revival gardens. The West Pavilion Gardens were restored between 1947 and 1953 and the East Lawn Gardens between 1960 and 1965.
Garden Week at UVA
- The Pavilion Gardens (Monday, April 29)
Tours begin on the Rotunda steps, Lawn side, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
- Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Auditorium (Monday, April 29, 2 p.m.)
The Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture and the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No admission charge. Special Presentation in the Auditorium at 2 p.m. “Rx: Gardens and gardening: New research findings on human-nature engagements” will include scholars from an array of fields including environmental psychology, the cognitive sciences and landscape architecture who have confirmed through evidence based research what many have speculated about for centuries—that human interactions with the natural world from forest bathing to the cultivation of gardens—increase human psychological and physical well-being. Moderated by Landscape Architecture Professor Elizabeth K. Meyer, the panel will include Professor Jenny Roe, Carolyn Schuyler of Wildrock (www.wildrock.org), and Professor Sophie Trawalter for an informal discussion about recent research findings, the implications for the health of our families and communities, and the role of landscape design in healthy cities across scales, from the garden to the campus to the park system.Related books and manuscripts from UVA Special Collections, herbals, nature journals, garden photographs, medical and design treatises, will be on display 30 minutes before and after the presentation. For further information about the University of Virginia Library please see http://www.library.virginia.edu.
- Morea Garden and Arboretum (Monday, April 29, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Located on Sprigg Lane, off Emmet Street just north of Alumni Hall, the Morea Garden features a special selection of shrubs and trees surrounding a historic Federal period home. The house is named after the mulberries cultivated for experiments with silkworms. Morea was built by John Patten Emmet, one of the first professors chosen by Jefferson for the University. The large, old trees and beautifully landscaped botanical collection were started by The Albemarle Garden Club in 1964. Morea was the runner-up for the Garden Club of Virginia’s Common Wealth Award in 2005 and 2006. Tours will be limited to the gardens.
- The Edgar Allan Poe Room (Monday, April 29)
Poe registered at the University of Virginia on February 14, 1826, the second session of the University. He lived in Room 13, West Range and was an active member of the Jefferson Literary Society. The University’s Raven Society maintains Poe’s room on the West Range as recognition of his time here.
Please note: Carr’s Hill will be closed this year for renovations.