It’s almost time for Lynchburg Garden Day! April 26, 2022
From unique architecture to stunning landscapes, Lynchburg is home to some truly beautiful homes and gardens. Every April, in coordination with the Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week, a group of local homeowners sign up to make their abodes open to the public for a self-driving tour known as Lynchburg Garden Day.
Whether you are a veteran to this event or brand new to the excitement, here is a preview of the homes and events this year, as described by the Lynchburg Garden Day co-chairs:
236 Irvington Springs Road:
(Kaye and Ben Moomaw)
Situated on 120 acres that was once the site of a working dairy farm, the Moomaw farmhouse was built in 1997 to accommodate a busy family of eight. While part of the property known as Irvington Spring Farm has welcomed tour visitors in the past, this is the first time the family’s home and personal garden has been showcased on Historic Garden Week.
1912 Quarry Road: (Becky and Bobby O’Brian)
Located on a quiet street, on land that was once a quarry, this elegant Cape Cod, built by Bobby O’Brian’s parents in the early 1950s, remains a loving family home. Tastefully decorated throughout and filled with an extensive collection of family antiques, portraits, and art from their travels, the homeowners have created a home that is both welcoming and highly functional for entertaining three generations of family and friends.
4941 Locksview Road: (Lisa and Jim Richards)
Based on the George Wythe House in Williamsburg, this home was designed by the homeowners and built in 1995. The two-story, brick Georgian honors colonial architecture while incorporating modern conveniences. The homeowner’s artistic eye is evident in collections of porcelain as well as French and English antiques throughout the home. An extensive display of paintings by Lisa Richards—a skilled portrait, landscape, and botanical artist—provides a connection to the garden beyond.
1503 Langhorne Road:
(Manisha and Hunter Wynne)
Gracefully situated on an estate lot, this Tudor house, built in 1928 as one of the first homes on Langhorne Road, opens its doors to Historic Garden Week for the third time. The home is an excellent example of this medieval style of architecture with its steeply pitched slate gabled roof. Asymmetry, handmade textured brick, embedded half timbers and a brick barrel arched entryway dominate the façade.
Special Exhibit at Randolph College
Your tour ticket also includes a floral exhibit at Randolph College’s Maier Museum. The College and members of both the Hillside and Lynchburg garden clubs have collaborated to showcase a must-see exhibition of floral arrangements interpreting four selections from the private collection at the Maier. Ticketholders are also encouraged to stop by the Dorothy Crandall Bliss Botanical Garden while on campus.
Find tickets at vagardenweek.org/tickets and stay connected by following Historic Garden Week Lynchburg on Facebook and Instagram.