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. The Garden Club of Virginia supports continuing upkeep of the Pavilion gardens.
Garden Week at UVA
- The Pavilion Gardens (Monday, April 23)
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 23, 2 p.m.)
Mapping African-American History at UVA will reveal new insights into the University’s cultural landscape through the lens of the African-American experience. Expanding upon an existing walking tour of African-American sites in the Academical Village and recent cultural landscape and documentary research projects, students, working with Elgin Cleckley (B.S. Arch, 1993), Assistant Professor of Architecture and Design Thinking, are curating a multi-faceted exhibit of sites marking the achievements of the enslaved people at the University. Professor Cleckley will give a brief introduction on the use of physical models and digital apps in the design of the exhibit and moderate a discussion with the students about the exhibit and its content.Public spaces in The Rotunda will be open for viewing, including the new interpretive center in the Lower East Oval Room. A selection of related items from Special Collections will be displayed 30 minutes before and after the 2 p.m. presentation.
- Morea Garden and Arboretum (Monday, April 23, 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 23)
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.