Tour to Visit Gardens in Historic District

As reported in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel:

The annual Spring Victorian Home Garden Tour and Tea will be June 4 and 5 in the Julia-Ann Square Historic District.

The self-guided tour will be 1 to 4 p.m. June 4 and 5, with a “Tea On the Lawn” on June 4 only at 112 13th St.

The cost is $15 on June 4 for the tour and tea and $10 on June 5 for the tour. Children ages 10 and under are admitted free with an adult.

During the tour, a plant sale will be held at the “Castle” at 1217 Ann St. The Parkersburg Art Center has loaned several paintings done by local artists which will be on display at the tea. Artists Lynda Rhodes and Mike Penn will be present in person. Rhodes will have a display of her art for viewing and sale at 112 13th St., while Penn will be at 1117 Juliana St.

Photographer Angie Adams will be available to take pictures of tour guests in the garden of the Chancellor-Burwell-Lowe House at 904 Juliana St.

For ticket information, call Sandy Wilson at 304-483-3690 or Judy Smith at 304-422-9861. Tickets will also be sold at each of the featured gardens on Juliana and 13th streets on the day of the tour.

On Saturday, members of the Wood County Master Gardeners will be giving demonstrations at some of the homes involving the propagation of several types of flowers during the event.

The four main gardens on the tour include: the Caswell-Smith House at 1024 Juliana St.; the Laughery House at 1012 Juliana St.; Clemens-Bungard House at 1006 Juliana St.; and the Chancellor-Brown House at 904 Juliana St.

At 904 Juliana St., the 1878 Second Empire house was built by William Chancellor, who also built the Blennerhassett Hotel, and features a traditional garden.

At 1006 Juliana St., the front yard is newly landscaped with a shade-planted courtyard leading into the formal garden at the back. There is a pergola which is used for entertaining and relaxation and the garden also featured a stocked pond and a vegetable garden.

At 1024 Juliana St., visitors will see the 1885 home, the garden decorated with an “Alice in Wonderland” theme and the restored carriage house with antique automobiles on display.

At 1012 Juliana St., visitors will see a garden based on an English cottage garden, with paths, a wooden bench and cherub accents made from stone. It is designed so different plants bloom at different times through the summer, so there is always something blooming.

The other three locations will host the special activities of the tour, including the artists, plant sale and the Victorian Tea: the Deming-Hayhurst House at 1117 Juliana St.; the Van Winkle-Duranti House at 112 13th St.; and the Van Winkle-Wix House at 1209 Ann St.

All proceeds benefit Julia-Ann Square Historic District projects.

Category : In The News Posted on May 29, 2011

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