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9th June 2013

Lynchburg’s Public Gardens: Peace, Beauty, and the Great Outdoors

One of the best things about spring and summer is the revitalization of everything growing around us. From the greenery of trees, bushes, and grass to the bloom of flowers of all kinds, it is a refreshing site after the grey humdrum of winter. And just time for Spring/Summer, a new website and brochure were  launched by Central Virginia Public Gardens to promote visitors to the fourteen public gardens featured in the brochure. All are in and around Lynchburg and are ready for your visit! Below are a couple of the gardens featured in the new brochure.

A visit to the Avoca Museum and Gardens and Dinwiddie Arboretum in Altavista, Virginia includes not only a beautiful garden but the site of the home of Colonel Charles Lynch, a Revolutionary War patriot. The original house is no longer there after it was destroyed by a fire, but a country Victorian style home, built in 1901, now occupies the space. It is registered in the National Register of Historic Places and is now a museum. Two cemeteries are also available for touring, the Lynch Family Graveyard and the African American Cemetery which includes information about the enslaved community who lived there. Hours of operation for the site are Thursday through Saturday from 11am to 3pm (April-October) and Sunday’s from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Be sure to call before stopping in, especially on Saturdays, as the site could be closed to the public for private events or weddings. Admission for adults is $5, seniors are $4, children under 18 are $2, and all those under 6 are free.

The Awareness Garden can be found right here on Langhorne Road in Lynchburg. It was built in 2003 to honor the family, friends, and caregivers of those whose lives have been affected by cancer. Engraved bricks have been set in and around the garden to remember and honor those who have dealt with the disease. Each season the garden experiences a transformation as the Landscaping Committee works tirelessly to keep the site beautiful for those looking for a peaceful place of hope and reflection. The Awareness Garden Foundation is a non-profit organization and occasionally hosts various fundraisers. It’s annual fundraiser is the Awareness Garden Golf Classic which is being held this year on October 7th at the Boonsboro Country Club – plenty of time to break out the clubs and brush up on your game!

Central Virginia is such a beautiful area and has the perfect climate for beautiful outdoor gardens. Be sure to take advantage of Lynchburg’s public gardens this summer! You can find out more by checking out the Central Virginia Public Gardens website.