Presented by The Petersburg Garden Club
As you enjoy your tour of 6 beautiful homes, gardens and other sites in Petersburg, you will be witness to 3 centuries of Petersburg’s history from the charming 18th century tradesman’s cottage on Grove Avenue, Petersburg’s oldest street, to a beautiful home and expansive garden in the “new suburb” of Walnut Hill. In between there is the Bolling family home and Garden Club of VA-supported Centre Hill Mansion (the Greene family home in the PBS Series Mercy Street), an 1842 home that was struck by a Union cannonball during the Siege of Petersburg, a lovely Queen Anne-style home which has Central Park as its front yard, a lovely 1853 Greek Revival home on historic High Street that boasts a spectacular formal French Garden with a French reproduction Jubilee Vase Fountain (you are invited for tea and refreshments here), and finally the distinctive “suburban new” home, built in Walnut Hill in 1926, with porch and 2nd story sitting room overlooking the gorgeous sloping side yard that is the large garden with beautiful flowers, water features, brick walkway, garden bridges and formal rose garden. Other not-to-be-missed places to visit are: the Marie Bowen Gardens, Historic Battersea, Blandford Church with its 15 Tiffany windows, the Farmers’ Bank, the Exchange Building and Second Presbyterian Church where you will enjoy lunch, fashion show and plant sale. You also will want to stop at Petersburg Grows on Market Street downtown, where owner Paul Meyer will tell you about his urban farm and CSA (community supported agriculture). His early spring gardens will be thriving (lettuces and other crops being grown in burlap bags) and you will see how he is able to raise more than 10,000 nursery transplants on his city lot. There will be plants for sale and things to eat.
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Tour
9:30 AM – 6:30 PM – Petersburg Grows Tour – 133 S. Market St.
11:00 AM – 4:30 PM – Tea & Refreshments – 226 High St.
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM – Lunch – 419 W. Washington St. – $12
$30 – Advance
$35 – Day of Tour. Tickets available only at The Exchange Building, 15 W. Bank St.
Showstopper formal French garden – & house – 226 High Street – owners: Lewis & Crystal Douglas
534 Grove Avenue – Cottage w. English basement – oldest on tour
239 S. Adams St. – was struck by Union cannonball during Siege.
109 Central Park – fronts on Park
1730 S. Sycamore St.
Petersburg Grows – the urban farm at 133 S. Market Street