Chatham Garden Club 2015 Tour for Historic Garden Week
Chatham Garden Club’s 2015 Historic Garden Week tour will showcase three homes and gardens located in The Water’s Edge community at Smith Mountain Lake on Friday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. With 13 miles of shoreline and more than 700 acres of land, this is one of Smith Mountain Lake’s most scenic developments since its inception in 1986.
Featured on the tour is an “old world farmhouse”, built in 2010 and belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Ben Davenport, Jr. at 240 Island View Drive, Penhook. Neighboring houses belonging to Mr. and Mrs. John H. Ferguson at 5 Lands End Rd. and to Mr. and Mrs. William Lee at 15 Lands End Rd., Penhook will also be open for the tour. The Ferguson house, built in 1996, is reminiscent of a James River Plantation, while the Lee house was built in the style of a French Country House in 1994. All three houses offer magnificent views of the lake and are surrounded by gardens, beach areas, and docks.
The Water’s Edge Country Club, named one of Golf Digest’s five best golf courses in the country, will be available as a lunch venue. A buffet lunch will be offered in the dining room between the hours of 11:30 and 2:00 at a cost of $16 per person.
Directions: From Gretna take VA-40 West for 12 miles to VA- 626. Turn right onto VA-626 and left on VA-610 at Water’s Edge Dr. Continue on Water’s Edge past the clubhouse and tennis courts for 1 ¼ mi. Turn right on Island View Drive and continue ¼ mi to 240 Island View Drive, the Davenport house.
To access the Ferguson and Lee houses, continue on Water’s Edge past the clubhouse to Cross Harbor Rd. Turn left on Cross Harbor Rd. and continue to the end cul-de-sac for both 5 Lands End Rd. and 15 Lands End Rd. Parking is available at each house.
Tickets: $20 pp. available at each house and include admission to the three properties and The Water’s Edge Clubhouse. Tour proceeds fund the Garden Club of Virginia’s efforts to restore and preserve Virginia’s historic gardens.
Advance Tickets: $15 pp. Available at the following locations:
Chatham: M&W Flower Shop, ChathaMooca Restaurant
Danville: The Ginger Bread House, Haymore Landscaping and Garden Center
Gretna: Arlene’s Closet
Lynchburg: Virginia Garden Supply
Roanoke: Townside Gardens
Rocky Mount: Carter’s Fine Jewelers, The Grainery Gallery
Smith Mountain Lake: Lakescape Nursery, Interiors by Kris, The Little Gallery,The Gilded Lion
Altavista: Miller’s Jewelry
Martinsville: Piedmont Arts Association