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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wine Festival at Monticello

When I got the email from Monticello saying that the wine festival was just around the corner I was surprised that a full year elapsed since the last festival.  Then I realized it hadn't.  The Wine Festival at Monticello was moved from the fall to the spring.  This way they are not competing with the local winery festivals.  Very good move - more festivals spread throughout the year equals more enjoyment.  If you are staying with us at Foxfield Inn on Saturday May 14th you should definitely think about attending this festival.  Our guests who went last year had a great time!  They enjoyed tasting the wine, talking with the vintners and listening to the music.  But best of all was tasting all the wine from fourteen local vineyards.

So come and enjoy some great wine and see Monticello all at one location.

Wineries participating this year are:

Afton Mountain Vineyards
Barboursville Vineyards
Delfosse Vineyards
Flying Fox Vineyards
Gabriele Rausse Winery
Keswick Vineyards
King Family Vineyards
Mountfair Vineyards
Stone Mountain Vineyards
Prince Michel Winery
Pollak Vineyards
Sugarleaf Vineyards
Veritas Vineyard and Winery
White Hall Vineyards

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Historic Garden Week in Charlottesville

Historic Garden Week starts on Saturday, April 16th with events in the Charlottesville area.  So if you are staying at Foxfield Inn make sure you take in some of the events.  Tours and discussions at Morven Estate, Farmington, Monticello and University of Virginia continue through the week. Historic Garden Week is sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia.  Schedule of events

On Saturday April 16th you can tour Morven Estate a  three-story brick manor house completed in 1820 by local builder Martin Thacker in the late-Georgian/Federal style.  The gardens around the main house include a pair of Osage oranges, the state champion Chinese chestnut, and a lovely dove tree. Many beautiful flowers including thousands of tulips, pansies, forget-me-nots, lilacs, wisteria, spireas, deutzia and roses are in the extensive gardens. The garden was renovated in the 1930s by Annette Hoyt Flanders.

Then take in the houses on tour in the Farmington area on Sunday and Monday.  There are 11 gardens available for you to see with some of the houses open for touring as well.

Monticello has 3 lectures and a spring wildflower walk planned during the week.  Andrea Wulf will discuss her new book Founding Gardeners.  The Revolutionary Generation, Nature and the Shaping of the American Nation.  Peter Hach talks about Thomas Jefferson as a gardener and Peggy cornett provides an illustrated lecture on historic plants.  There will also be tours of the various gardens at Monticello and Tufton Farm.

Lots to see and do!