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Each spring, visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” This 8-day statewide home and garden tour, an annual event, kicks off Saturday, April 21, 2018, and concludes Saturday, April 28, providing visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia springtime color, as well as beautiful homes. Each day throughout garden week, a number of tours are showcased in locales across Virginia. The Suffolk tour, entitled “Explore Eclipse: Waterways, Wildlife and Wetlands,” will feature the natural beauty of the Eclipse village, surrounded by the Chuckatuck and Bleakhorn Creeks, and the Nansemond and James Rivers, on Saturday, April 21, from 10am until 5pm. Presented by The Nansemond River, Franklin Garden and Elizabeth River Clubs, “Explore Eclipse” will highlight four private homes and two gardens in a vibrant and growing community. The tour will also include light refreshments, master gardeners, pottery artists, and presentations by gardening experts and conservation groups.
Tickets are $30 per person in advance and $35 on the day of the tour; children 6 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased online at www.vagardenweek.org or via several local businesses, including the Suffolk Visitor Center, located at 524 North Main Street. A complete list of ticket outlets is listed below. Contact the Suffolk Visitor Center at 757.514.4130 or visit www.Facebook.com/HistoricGardenWeekSuffolkVA for additional information.
A. Dodson's: Suffolk - 2948 Bridge Road Norfolk - 1611-A Colley Avenue Virginia Beach - 1600 Laskin RoadSuffolk Visitor Center - 524 N. Main Street, SuffolkAlphabet Soup - 107 East 2nd Avenue, Franklin18th Century Merchant - 3591 Forest Haven Lane, ChesapeakeBowman's Gardens - 315 Green Street, PortsmouthThe Peanut Patch - 27478 Southampton Parkway, CourtlandLake Prince Retirement Center - 100 Anna Goode Way, Suffolk
Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia's Historic Gardens. Sponsors include Lake Prince Woods, Towne Bank, Hubs Peanuts, Suffolk Tourism, Linda Dickens-Berkshire Hathaway Realty, Plum Crazy Art, The Nansemond River Preservation Alliance, International Paper - Franklin Mill, Farmers Bank, Suffolk River Heritage, Sasser Construction, Fireflies on Bennett's Creek, The Canada Company, and Bennett's Creek Farm Market and Deli.