Floraspirations, Week 12: Clever Container Gives a Glimpse of Inspiring Ideas to be Found During Historic Garden Week in Virginia

     A good friend delivered this charming arrangement earlier this week as a welcome gift to the Three Chopt Garden Club.  A bulb transplanter has been transformed into a vase by simply wedging in a paper cup.  In true garden club fashion, it is filled with blooming flowers from club members’ yards.  I spy hellebores, vinca vine, azalea, dusty miller, lambs ear, clematis vine and pansy, as well as flower and bud stalks from unknown shrubs.

Witty yet lovely

     I am so excited to become a member of this Club which is actively involved in many conservation and beautification projects like the Capital Trees project.  First up is Historic Garden Week.  The Richmond tours take place Tuesday, April 24 through Thursday, April 26, 2012.  As always, the local garden clubs have rounded up some beautiful homes and gardens to showcase and complement with artful arrangements created by club members.  Whet your appetite with these preview photos.

     Everyone is curious to see what will be blooming during this year’s tours as all of our local April blossoms seem to have popped over 3 weeks early.  I’m expecting to see a lot of my most favorite flower,

the Peony,

in full glory.  For more information about Historic Garden Week and how to buy tickets, visit the Garden Club of Virginia’s beautiful site.  Plan to wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to be inspired.

Photos by Avad Fan.

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