A self-conducted tour of notable gardens in Reston
Saturday, June 1
10 am – 4 pm garden tours; 4 – 6 pm garden party
In an experience of sights, sounds, and scents on Saturday, June 1, Gardens of Note tour-goers will see a variety of inspiring, flowering landscapes accompanied by the songs of birds as well music performed by ensembles and friends of The Reston Chorale. A repertoire of hand bells, ukulele, guitar, and singers will be popping in at the gardens through the day. The garden party will also present ensemble musical performances, along with light refreshments, an insider view of the property, prizes, and the Perennial of the Year for purchase, Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo (Wood Betony), with all proceeds donated directly to The Reston Chorale, thanks to Hidden Lane Residential Landscapes. The Reston Chorale presents the third annual Gardens of Note, an exclusive, self-conducted tour of private gardens and more on Saturday, June 1, open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. followed by the Hidden Lane Garden Party from 4:00 p.m until 6:00 p.m.
The Gardens of Note tour for 2019 includes:
The Agnew Garden, North Point
Wrapping the home with inspirational design, this garden serves as outdoor rooms with walls of evergreens and floors of texture and massed plantings, punctuated with contemporary sculptures and a fountain in the entertaining area.
The Horr Garden, West Market
Located on the west side of Reston Town Center, this English-style townhome garden is planted with the owners’ favorite flora surrounding their patio that has an outstanding view of natural areas and the West Market Pond.
The Vongsavat Garden, Lake Anne
In front of the townhome entrance is a Zen garden with carefully placed stones that represent a river, complemented with greenery, flowers, and art to bring a sense of peace and tranquility. On the waterside the back deck and garden have enviable views of Lake Anne.
The Over Garden, Lake Anne
Sharing a simpatico design with its neighbor, this garden includes a dry creek bed, complete with bridge, surrounded by greenery. A stepped path leads to the rear of the townhome with more to see on the large deck along with expansive views of the Lake Anne setting.
Fannie Mae Gardens and Ponds
The privately-owned park-like grounds feature three large ponds, walkways, bridges, structures, and some poetry, surrounded by a variety of both natural and groomed landscapes, as well as homes for wildlife. Visitors are likely to see the Great Blue Heron among a variety of birds, and fish and turtles below the lily pads.
Hunters Woods Garden Plots and Beehives
View a community garden owned by Reston Association where rented plots are planted with vegetables, fruits, and flowers. Beekeepers are scheduled to talk about their managed hives at this location every hour on the half hour – first at 10:30 a.m., last at 3:30 p.m.
Hidden Lane Residential Landscapes, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. only
The Victorian-style house and surrounding grounds are the company’s headquarters and also a showcase of some of their fine work. Catch the sweet scents of their garden beds and enjoy the views during the garden party, courtesy of Hidden Lane Residential Landscapes.
Tickets for Gardens of Note are for $22 in advance at 4 locations in Reston (listed below). Online purchases are available on Eventbrite (fees added). A limited number of tickets will be available on tour day, $25. Tickets will provide all location addresses. Attendees choose their first location then exchange their ticket for the tour program guide with map and more information about the gardens.
Advance Ticket locations:
- Mayflowers at Reston Town Center
- Chesapeake Chocolates, Wine, Gifts & More at Lake Anne
- The Wine Cabinet at North Point Village Center
- Reston Farm Market, 10800 Baron Cameron Avenue (near Route 7)
Gardens of Note visitors should be prepared for touring with suitable footwear and an umbrella for rain or shine. Note, children under the age of 10 cannot be admitted into the private, residential gardens.
Gardens of Note is established as an annual fundraiser for The Reston Chorale by a sub-committee of its board of directors. Proceeds from all sales of tickets and sponsorships benefit The Reston Chorale, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The gardens are selected by tour organizers and garden specialists. Garden nominations for the 4th annual Gardens of Note tour in June 2020 can be sent to email@example.com.
Volunteer Garden Greeters will assist with guidance to visitors during the Gardens of Note tour. Volunteers are pre-registered, receive advance orientation, and a ticket to enjoy the tour and the Garden Party. Garden knowledge is not a requirement. For volunteer questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Reston Chorale: Established in 1966, The Reston Chorale (TRC) is a mixed-voice, auditioned chorus with a full repertoire including pops, masterworks, American classics, and new works led by Artistic Director David B. Lang. TRC enriches community life with concert choir events at a variety of venues throughout Reston, Northern Virginia, and Washington, DC that include collaboration with professional orchestras and brass ensembles. Governed by volunteers, The Reston Chorale is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and relies on the support of its members and the community. TRC is also supported in part by the Arts Council of Fairfax County, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, corporate grants, foundations, and individual donors. Follow on Facebook @TheRestonChorale – https://www.facebook.com/TheRestonChorale/ – and learn more at www.RestonChorale.org.