2 Big Spring Events on the Same Day!
Staunton celebrates the beauty of spring with two big events. And, you can enjoy them both at the same time!
As part of the eight-day statewide Virginia Historic Garden Week, the tour lands in Staunton on April 21st.
Hailed as “America’s Largest Open House,” each year, visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most historic landmarks, as well as her beautiful gardens and homes.
Locally, there just isn’t a better way to celebrate spring.
You can wander through the farms and fields in Middlebrook, see the historic buildings of Sugar Loaf Farms, and during the Morning Tour, watch the Queen City Plein Air Festival artists painting in the gardens. (More about Plein Air below).
Jointly hosted by the Augusta Garden Club and the Blue Ridge Garden Club, celebrate nature at her finest blended with the charm of the Shenandoah Valley.
What’s more, proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of more than 40 historic public landscapes and gardens in Virginia, a research fellowship program, and a centennial project with Virginia State Parks.
Enjoy this spectacular event knowing you’re helping to preserve its future. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 on the day of the event.
Queen City Plein Air Festival
Another excellent event is the Queen City Plein Air Festival. (French for “in the open air.”)
The Festival actually starts on April 17th overlapping with the Historic Garden Tour on April 21st. Beverley Street Studio School hosts the event, welcoming Plein Air artists from the Mid-Atlantic region for five days to the City of Staunton.
This year, the Festival has grown in length and participation. You’ll find Plein Air artists everywhere, painting historic downtown buildings as well as the pastoral countryside and gardens of the area.
Sign up for lectures and demonstrations, or simply enjoy watching professional artists at work.