83rd Annual West Avenue Garden Tour

Join us for the 83rd Annual elf-guided walking tour of the Gardens of historic West Avenue in the Fan District of downtown Richmond.

Rear Gardens will be open for self guided walking tours on West Avenue, Park Avenue, and Franklin Streets in the Fan

Live music, children’s activities, and refreshments, hosted by the West Avenue Improvement Association (WAIA). On West Avenue the Gardens are accessed from the rear alleys. Visitors are invited on May 5 to bring friends and family to one of the most celebrated garden tours of the River City, an opportunity to see a variety of remarkable urban gardens that remain tucked away behind gates and walls for the remainder of the year. In its 83rd year, the West Avenue Garden Tour continues to delight visitors and Fan neighbors with inspirations for their own outdoor spaces.

The West Avenue Improvement Association (WAIA) is the oldest neighborhood association in Richmond, comprising West Avenue and the blocks of Park Avenue, Franklin Street, and Harrison Street that share alleys with West Avenue,. In 1940 a group of neighbors brainstormed a means to beautify the neighborhood and came up with the idea of a Garden Tour. The walled rear gardens, tree boxes, and tiny street-front gardens are evaluated for awards by independent judges on the day before the tour using criteria established by renowned landscape architect Charles Gillette in 1966. The winners display their awards and colorful flags on the day of the public tour. The formation of the WAIA grew out of the success of this first Garden Tour and the tradition has continued to this day.

This year’s Garden Tour activities begin on Sunday, May 5th at noon with a children’s parade, games and activities on the 1100 block of West Avenue, which is closed to vehicular traffic for the event. Rear gardens open at 1 pm from the alleys and live music starts at 3 pm.

MORE INFO: Visit the WAIA website at www.westave.org

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