81st Historic Garden Week Tour in Portsmouth
The 81st Historic Garden Week home tour in Portsmouth will be held in the lovely established neighborhood of Green Acres, on the Western Branch of the Elizabeth River. Homes display a diversity of architectural styles from Georgian, Federal and Colonial to Contemporary. Most of the homes, such as Willow Oaks, a brick Tidewater Georgian built by the historian Dr. Alf Mapp, are on the water. A Mid-Century Modern dwelling built in 1962 exhibits contemporary design rare in Tidewater. A lovely Colonial has a terrace and river room designed for entertaining and is furnished with many items collected by the owner during his extensive travels in Asia. A nearby home was designed to maximize its views of the river and to display the owners' extensive collection of artwork. A Georgian home on the river was constructed using handmade oversize brick; antiques displayed here include a museum-quality Italian chest circa 1540, and a round table from Northumberland Castle. A red-brick Colonial contains a statue of Hebe, goddess of youth, by Rodin and collections of porcelain figurines. Lunch is available by pre-order; go to the Elizabeth River Garden Club website ergardenclub.org for more information. Tickets are available at www.VAGardenweek.org as are more detailed descriptions.
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM