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This year’s historic garden tour in Ashland is named “From Gentleman’s Farm to the Present” and features four country properties, a church, a luncheon, and two flower demonstrations. Tours will be offered Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Bella Terra,” located at 11019 Old Washington Highway, Glen Allen, is a 2006 French Colonial home with Italian influence, which sits on 8.5 acres on Thomas Mill Pond on the Chickahominy River. This three-story, 10,000-square-foot home has a French gourmet kitchen and a master suite with a three-way fireplace.
“Old Elmont School,” at 11174 Elmont Road, Ashland, is a former 1911 four-room elementary school and is now home to two classics teachers. The foyer features beadboard wainscoting and a school desk dating to the early 1900s. Artwork by local artists adorns the walls. Cottage and shade gardens invite the visitor to linger.
“Kenwood,” at 11179 Elmont Road, Ashland, was built in 1885 and stands on 19 acres. The Queen Anne style house is a two-story weatherboard-sided home with decorative tin panels and a gingerbread porch. The original semi-detached kitchen remains at the rear of the house. The home is furnished with 19th century antiques, many of which are family heirlooms.
Kenwood United Methodist Church, at 11208 Elmont Road, Ashland, was founded in 1891. A buffet prepared by the ladies of the church will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $15/person in the church social hall. Reservations for the luncheon should be made by April 15. Please call (804) 840-3333 to make arrangements, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Tufton,” at 13077 Cedar Lane, Ashland, was built in 1970 and features a black walnut staircase, limestone foyer, and beams salvaged from the “Lucky Strike” warehouse in Richmond. Many treasures are displayed throughout the house including pharmaceutical bottles from an old family drug store in Ashland.
The two flower demonstrations are complimentary to ticket holders: David Pippin will speak at Kenwood United Methodist Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Mary Claire Coster appears at “Tufton” from 2 to 4 p.m.
Advance tickets are $25 for all homes, or $30 on the day of the tour. Tickets may be purchased online at www.vagardenweek.org, or by calling (804) 227-3140. Tickets will be sold locally at Cross Brothers Grocery and at Ashwood Garden and Nursery.