5 Things to Bring to Herbs Galore & More



  1. A Shopping List More than 60 vendors will fill Maymont’s Carriage House Lawn with every variety of herb imaginable plus annuals, perennials, trees, vegetables, garden ornaments, jewelry, beauty products, tools and gadgets. It can be overwhelming if you don’t know what you want or need! Plan ahead by making a list of the …

Maymont’s Earth Day Challenge



  To celebrate Earth Day today, our environmental educators challenge you to think GREEN! Here are some ways you can help our environment, today and every day: 1. Explore the Outdoors. According to data collected by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, there are approximately 42,211 acres of public green space in the greater Richmond area including …

Celebrating National Volunteer Week



  According to a report from 2014, 30% of Virginians are volunteering, donating over 311 million hours of service to a variety of nonprofits across the region. That’s a total of $7.2 billion of service contributed! This week during National Volunteer Week (April 10-16, 2016), we honor all the volunteers who are working to make …

Windows of Opportunity at Maymont Mansion



  The windows of Maymont Mansion look out onto a breathtaking landscape and into a world of Gilded Age treasures, but how often does anyone consider the windows themselves? Their importance was recognized in FY15 with a $145,000 grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and matching funds from the Richard S. …

The Dooleys’ Vision for Maymont



  On March 16, 1926, Maymont opened to an expectant public, about six months after Mrs. Dooley’s death.  Before that day, visiting the Dooleys’ home had been by invitation only, but thanks to their vision and generosity, Maymont became a museum and park which millions of people have enjoyed for the past ninety years. When …

Bye Bye Spikes & Spines, Hello Sweet Scents



  Maymont has traded a bed of thorns for a breath of sweetly scented air. The former cactus garden, an area marked on a 1934 topographical map as “flowers,” was reimagined this winter to focus on plants with fragrance.  We have planted aromatic Victorian favorites such as Mock Orange (Philadelphus x virginalis ‘Dwarf Snowflake’), Common …

Nature’s Classroom for Homeschoolers



Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the stars and the mountains above. Let them look at the waters and the trees and flowers on Earth. Then they will begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education. – David Polis Nature’s classroom at Maymont includes …

Maymont Honors Black History



Pictured above: Volunteer Jude Harris portrays the butler at Maymont Mansion. Photo by Dale Quarterman. “My grandfather went to work to do a job, but to do it invisibly . . . get the job done, come and serve me, but be quiet about it. But at home he was our ‘Papa.’ He was not …

Honey, We Shrunk The Alligators!



  Have you noticed that the American alligators at the Nature Center look smaller these days? We didn’t really shrink them, but we did switch them. We recently swapped our growing gators, seen in the Nature Center since August 2014, with younger and smaller ones. In order to ensure that the alligators are comfortable in …

Happy Birthday Major Dooley!



  Born in Richmond, Virginia, January 17, 1841 This Sunday will mark the 175th birthday of James Henry Dooley who gave us his estate, Maymont. We don’t have any record of a birthday party for him, but if his friends were planning a celebration, what gifts might they have considered to bring special delight to …