The Garden Club of Norfolk and Harbor Front Garden Club extend a warm welcome to Norfolk’s Annual Garden Tour sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia. Each year homes across the commonwealth are open each day during the last week of April and The Norfolk Tour is held on Thursday. Join us this year from 9AM to 5PM in one of Norfolk’s beautiful neighborhoods.
Historic Garden Week is a Virginia tradition marking the beginning of spring when visitors are invited into more than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks. “America’s Largest Open House” began in 1927 when a flower show organized by the Garden Club of Virginia raised an impressive $7,000 to save some of the trees planted by Thomas Jefferson on the lawn at Monticello. Since the first statewide tour two years later in 1929, over $17 million has been contributed toward restoration projects across the state including gardens at Mount Vernon, The University of Virginia, Bruton Parish Churchyard in Williamsburg and The Executive Mansion.
In 2003 the Garden Club of Virginia donated funds to design and establish a colonial garden at Norfolk’s Moses Myers House. Moses and Eliza Myers built their Federal Style house in downtown Norfolk in 1795 to raise their nine children. Five generations of Myers lived in the house until 1931. The house, now owned by the City of Norfolk, contains original family furnishings including Gilbert Stuart portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Myers. The restored back garden, where we can imagine the family playing games and entertaining guests, is a peaceful open yard surrounded by shade loving native trees and plants. Outside the dining room window is a boxwood-lined walkway terminating at a sundial. The unfinished side garden is being transformed into a cutting garden where Eliza Myers possibly snipped flowers to brighten a family dinner or party. The house is open free to the public during Norfolk’s Garden Tour.
The Garden Club of Norfolk and Harbor Front Garden Club are two of 47 Garden Club of Virginia member clubs. They have been involved since the first statewide tour and through the years have raised a substantial amount of funds for GCV restoration projects.
We hope you will enjoy exploring this website and planning your day at Norfolk’s Garden Tour!
See you in April!