Age of Discovery

Stratford Hall hosts first Garden Day.

Its ever-fascinating history is inducement enough to visit the Northern Neck’s Stratford Hall, ancestral home of Robert E. Lee and others from one of Virginia’s most famous first families. But this spring, there is a new reason to explore its picturesque 1,900 acres—the first Stratford Hall Garden Day, taking place April 26-27.

Held in conjunction with the Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week, Stratford Hall Garden Day includes special presentations by gardening expert P. Allen Smith, host of public television’s Garden Home and Garden to Table, and Will Rieley, Charlottesville-based landscape architect for the Garden Club of Virginia. Self-guided tours of the Great House, directors’ cabins and East Garden (restored by GCV in 1932) and a boxed lunch are also included.

“In addition to all of the lovely things in the landscape, this was a farm,” says Paul Reber, executive director of Stratford Hall, “and we want to expose people to all we have here.” Go and see the many discoveries made in ongoing research on the property, including a 375-year old Shellback hickory tree on the east end of the grounds.

Tickets are $85 per person and available online.

StratfordHall.org

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