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If you are getting married (even if you are not!) I encourage you to head out to Virginia Garden Week. There are so many floral ideas using local flowers, and you just may get some ideas for decor and flowers for your own wedding. Imagine using all locally sourced blooms… fantastic! You may even come away from the day with ideas for decorating your own home and garden.

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The article below appeared in our Spring 2015 issue of clutch, and enjoy the lovely images by Sincerely, Liz and the article by me (Jennifer Prince) below!

BEFORE THE TOUR – BEHIND THE SCENES OF GARDEN DAY

Spring is upon us! Foliage is done with its winter hiatus, and bulbs are sprouting all around. Virginia is having life breathed back into its surface, which encourages us to get out of the house, explore, and tackle those long dormant garden projects. If you are looking for inspiration – whether it is in your home or yard – making Virginia Garden Week part of your spring plans is a must. During the week of April 18th-25th houses and gardens all over the state of Virginia will be opened up for visitors. This tradition began in 1927 with the Garden Club of Virginia’s efforts to raise funds to preserve and restore the state’s historic gardens. The day itself stimulates the economy of each area as guests from all over travel to tour, eat and stay in the region.

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The funds raised from ticket sales go to the Garden Club of Virginia and then right back into maintaining historic gardens in the Commonwealth. Participating in the tour is a way to help the community while being able to tour little seen abodes. “These are private homes. You will enjoy seeing them, but you may never see that particular home again. If you have been driving by for years and years wanting to see the inside… on Garden Day, you can,” offered Clarkie Eppes, Chairman for Lynchburg Garden Day 2015.

Local garden club members take the time to place flower arrangements both in and outside of the dwellings, and creativity flows among the group of ladies that belong to their respective clubs. “It’s so much fun. Seeing the arrangements people come up with is so fascinating,” said Roanoke Historic Garden Week’s Chairman, Joanne Callis. In fact, a flurry of activity goes on in order to orchestrate Garden Day. What goes on behind the scenes is just as beautiful as the floral pieces that are displayed the day of the tours.

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THE CLUBS

Lynchburg and Roanoke are each home to two garden clubs, which rotate the responsibility of being in charge of Garden Day each year. This year those duties fall on the Hillside Garden Club in Lynchburg and the Roanoke Valley Garden Club in Roanoke. Although one club heads these duties up, the second one assists and shadows the other.

“The clubs work close together. In the transition, you need to have people who know what is going on from year to year. It is a hands on effort by both clubs,” Eppes described. She has been a member of the Lynchburg Garden Club for 40 years, and although this is her first time being Chairman, she has experience serving in many capacities. “I joined in 1975. I was 25 years old… I love it! It is near and dear to my heart. It is fun, and I need something that is a challenge,” Eppes added.

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Becoming a member of a club is by invitation only, and the members (mostly ladies) recommend friends, family members and others who
are interested in conservation, horticulture and gardening to be a part of the club. “Our members are multi-talented. They have different interests. A lot of our members work, have small children or are older. It really is a team effort of all ages and stages of life,” offered Eppes.

She added, “People have to have a passion for the garden club in order to step up and take responsibilities. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it is very rewarding. I know. I have seen where the money comes back to. You see some of the things that historical groups cold not afford to do on their own.” Garden Day efforts are rewarded with the satisfaction that hundreds of thousands of dollars are put back into preserving the landscapes and hardscapes of the community’s historical properties.

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THE PROPERTIES

Deciding on the gardens that will be featured happens well in advance – over a year ahead of time, in fact. The Chairman for the year decides on the houses, yet she works with a Procurement Committee to help recommend places. “There are many beautiful homes in Lynchburg, but it’s not always the right time for someone to open their home for 2000 visitors. It’s a labor of love for the homeowner,” Eppes noted.

“We secure houses in one general area so that people do not have to travel from one area to the other,” stated Callis. In fact, Roanoke offers a trolley to transport guests from one home to the other as necessary. Most homeowners prepare the insides of their dwelling for touring, and a healthy amount of time is needed to curate the surrounding gardens. “Homeowners take the opportunity to do things that they have been putting off,” Callis revealed. Although there is no compensation given to the owners, it is an honor to be featured on the tour.

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Participants are sure to see a variety of spaces. Eppes offered, “There are older homes downtown, but we also will enjoy showing some more modern homes.” She also stressed that the standards are pretty high for which residences and yards are featured each year. Well before Garden Day begins, a committee walks through each property to decide where arrangements should be placed and also to be aware of any safety or traffic flow issues.

THE TOUR

Club members sign up to either gather flowers two days before the event, which involves cutting, watering and conditioning the foliage for the displays, or to do the arranging the day before the tour. As far as the actual plants and blooms used for the event, besides a few minor exceptions (such as tulips), they are picked from local yards and gardens.

On the day of the tour, hostesses at each home help check-in and direct guests and point out items of interest. The ladies who host are a combination of members from the local garden clubs and other volunteers. “The hostesses are docents in each area of the homes and gardens. [In Roanoke] Master Gardeners will be hostesses for the two gardens that are open so that they can answer any questions. Garden Day visitors are people that really enjoy gardening and seeing what other people are doing in their gardens,” offered Callis.

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Great care is taken to be respectful of the homeowners throughout the process. Once the tour concludes, the hostesses follow instructions on cleaning up and locking doors, and the owners are left with lovely displays to enjoy throughout their house. Even though the work of the actual day is done, members of the clubs will come pick up fading arrangements, ensuring an overall positive experience from start to finish for those that choose to open their residences.

Eppes concluded, “Visitors of Garden Day are so kind, so respectful of the homeowners and so glad to be on the tour. It’s a win-win for everybody.” Whether your passion is gaining great interior ideas, appreciating cultivated gardens or having a day out with friends, head out to Garden Day for a positive experience with a lasting impact on the community. For more information head to www.vagardenweek.org. Also look for our post later this week about the Garden Days in both Roanoke and Lynchburg.

I would like to say a HUGE thank you to all of the ladies (all over Virginia, and not just in my area) who donate their time and energy to provide a day for so many to enjoy all over the state… a day that does so much good in and for the community as you will read below. Special thanks also goes out to the garden clubs in Lynchburg, who allowed us to document their behind-the-scenes of the 2014 tour. Also, many thanks to Joanne Callis, Chairman of the Roanoke Historic Garden Week 2015 (happening Saturday April 25th), and Clarkie Epps, Chairman for Lynchburg Garden Day 2015 (happening Tuesday, April 21st), for their wonderful interviews, and take a look at the full feature of our behind the scenes images below.

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If you haven’t been to a wedding crawl, I highly suggest that you make plans on Sunday to get out and about! Imagine seeing vendors in action (not behind a booth!) as you “crash” 5 weddings in one day. All in different venues with different vendors! Plus, the proceeds from the ticket sales go straight towards the Roanoke Valley SPCA, so it’s a big win all around.

You’ll see five different Downtown Roanoke wedding venues set up as actual wedding receptions, complete with full florals and decor, catering you can see and sample, DJ’s and musicians performing as they would at a wedding, wedding cakes you can see and taste, photo booths, photographers, videographers, hair and makeup demonstrations, bridal gowns and wedding party attire, and so much more! Again, 100% of the ticket sales go to the Roanoke Valley SPCA.

Wedding Crawl in RoanokePurchase tickets for the Roanoke Wedding Crawl here:  https://co.clickandpledge.com/advanced/default.aspx?wid=94438

Downtown Roanoke venues will include:

  • Center In The Square
  • Charter Hall – the Roanoke City Market Building
  • Taubman Museum of Art
  • Corinthian Ballroom
  • The Patrick Henry Ballroom

Roanoke Wedding Crawl

Event Registration:
Location: Roanoke City Market Building
Planner: Simplicity
Photo Booth: Star City PhotoBooth
Rentals: Aztec Rental

Venue: Center in the Square
Caterer: Pumpernickel Pickle
Cake Baker: For the Love of Sweets
DJ: Creative Entertainment
Planner: The Perfect Fairy Tale
Florist: Green Designs
Photographer: Tara Lilly Photography
Photobooth: Funfotos VA
Salon: Azario Salon & Day Spa
Clothing: Vaughn Designs
Videographer: Weddings in Roanoke
Rentals: Aztec Rental
Other: Country Road Vintage Rentals

Venue: Taubman Museum of Art
Caterer: Blue Ridge Catering
Planner: Events by Sherri
Cake Baker: Wildflour Cakes by Evie
Florist: George’s An Affair with Flowers
Photographer: Noah Magnifico Photography
Photobooth: Quest Entertainment
DJ: Quest Entertainment
Salon: Zee’s Salon & Day Spa
Clothing: Vaughn Designs
Lighting: Lighting Ninjas
Rentals: Aztec Rental
Officiant: Ceremonies for All

Venue: Charter Hall
Caterer: Center Stage Catering
Planner: Everlasting Memories
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: Cakes by Lisa
Photographer: Pat Cori Photography
Photo booth: Star City Photo Booths
DJ: Master Taylor Entertainment
Salon: Thomas Dunn Studios
Lighting: Lighting Ninjas
Rentals: Aztec Rental

Venue: Patrick Henry Ballroom
Planner: Forevermore Event Planning
Caterer: Maridor
Florist: Flowers by Eddie
Cake: Confection Connection
Photography: April Amodeo Photography
Photo booth: April Amodeo Photography
Salon: polished by claire v.
Entertainment: DJ Joey Nicely
Live Music: Melissa McSherry
Rentals: Aztec Rental
Videographer: Michael’s Video
Officiant: Casey Anderson Weddings

Venue: Corinthian Ballroom
Caterer: Chanticleer Catering
Florist: Elle Emme
Planner: Creative Concierge Consulting
Cake: Diane’s Cake Creations
Photographer: William Mahone
Photo booth: Swell Booth
Clothing: Vaughn Designs
Entertainment: RSP Entertainment
Salon: Zee’s Salon & Day Spa
Rentals: Aztec Rental

Exhibitors:

  • Sheraton Hotel
  • Pure Romance
  • Chocolate Paper
  • Ladles & Linens Kitchen Shoppe
  • Artistry Salon
  • Center Hill Designs & Fincastle Winery

Oh, and PS… there is a lovely door prize. Check it out. See you Sunday!

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Get ready for an absolutely gorgeous wedding! The color palette of dusty shale and coral combine perfectly to make for a very sweet affair… not to mention how lovely the bride, Aurora, is. Gorgeous! This couple met at college in St. Louis, and they have family all over the world. The perfect solution for their nuptials was to just have it right in the town they met, and it turned out beautifully. They had a clear day for their classic coral wedding! Take a peek into Nathan and Aurora’s day, which was photographed by Dana Tate, Wedding Photographer.

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Vendors:

I adore this rock and roll e-session for so many reasons. It’s just different… the colors, the street art, and the vibe of this couple are all just perfect. Plus, I love the fact that they used their surroundings so well. Just take notice how they used simple (and some vibrant!) pieces of their city such as staircases, walls and even their reflections. I picture this couple just taking a leisurely walk with their photographer, PhotoHouse Films, and just soaking it all in. I want you to do the same… soak in the loveliness and subtle creativity of this session. Enjoy!

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Did you see our most recent styled shoot? If not, click here! The entire shoot was inspired by a Wedding Paper Divas invitation called “Exquisite Leaves”. Beautiful! We had several DIY projects including this one which is a unique way to save an invitation. We will show you the in-tact invitation first and then proceed with our creative 3-d invitation DIY!

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Supplies:

  • Vintage frame
  • 3 Wedding invitations
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Sharpie marker to match the background color of your invitation (if it is a thick invitation)*

Simple instructions:

  1. Cut out the scrapbook paper to fit the frame.
  2. Using two of the invitations, cut out pieces of the embellishments (in our case we chose the leaves).
  3.  *If necessary, run the Sharpie around the edge of the cut invitation pieces. The inside of my invitation was white, so it was necessary for me to use a black marker to get rid of the white edge.
  4. Using the hot glue gun, glue the decorative elements to the in-tact invitation in layers. The goal is to have these pieces 3-dimensional, so do not press down on the hot glue dots you use. Also be sure to be very neat with the glue when gluing.
  5. Once the pieces are dry. Glue the full invitation to the scrapbook paper.
  6. Insert the scrapbook paper into the frame. If the frame has glass, place the glass behind the scrapbook paper to keep it in tact.

What a fun, easy keepsake idea! To see the true dimension of this project, please view the photos below.

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  • Andrea - The Pink Bride - Love this DIY guide so much! What a fun way to showcase your wedding invitation as artwork.