In the heat of a summer day, you might find relief and a moment of solitude in the gardens tucked behind the pavilions of the Lawn. The University of Virginia’s pavilion gardens—envisioned by Thomas Jefferson and restored by the Garden Club of Virginia in the 1950s and ’60s—are now public spaces maintained by the University and used daily by of the UVA and Charlottesville communities, as well as visitors to Grounds. This summer, the gardens have been the site of Reunions receptions, a Historic Landscape Institute tour, engagement photo sessions, weddings, and a t’ai chi class.
Sometimes you just know when a place is the right fit. Anastasia and Sanford Williams got that feeling as soon as they arrived in Charlottesville in 1993. Their memories of moving from New York City as a young married couple with children are still vivid 26 years later.