The 81st Historic Garden Week home tour in Portsmouth will be held in the lovely established neighborhood of Green Acres, on the Western Branch of the Elizabeth River. Homes display a diversity of architectural styles from Georgian, Federal and Colonial to Contemporary. Most of the homes, such as Willow Oaks, a brick Tidewater Georgian built by the historian Dr. Alf Mapp, are on the water. A Mid-Century Modern dwelling built in 1962 exhibits contemporary design rare in Tidewater. A lovely Colonial has a terrace and river room designed for entertaining and is furnished with many items collected by the owner during his extensive travels in Asia. A nearby home was designed to maximize its views of the river and to display the owners' extensive collection of artwork. A Georgian home on the river was constructed using handmade oversize brick; antiques displayed here include a museum-quality Italian chest circa 1540, and a round table from Northumberland Castle. A red-brick Colonial contains a statue of Hebe, goddess of youth, by Rodin and collections of porcelain figurines. Lunch is available by pre-order; go to the Elizabeth River Garden Club website ergardenclub.org for more information. Tickets are available at www.VAGardenweek.org as are more detailed descriptions.
Admission Fee: $35 on day of tour, $30 online at www.VAGardenweek.org
Last Updated: 10/29/2013 3:01 PM