Seeing Stars at Old-Fashioned Christmas



  Seeing stars will be a good thing this Sunday as two award-winning local celebrities join us for an Old-Fashioned Christmas at Maymont. Here are a few fun facts about our special guests: Desiree Roots as Mrs. Walker, the Dooleys’ head cook 1) Desiree sang a duet with legendary blues guitarist, Buddy Guy, during his …

Grateful for Maymont



  It has been a year of gratitude in 2016 as we’ve celebrated the 90th anniversary of Maymont’s public opening. As the year winds down, we reflect one more time on the reasons we’re grateful for James and Sallie Dooleys’ extraordinary gift to us nine decades ago. 1) A World Beyond Imagination – The Dooleys’ …

Deck the Halls with Evergreens



  Tis the season to deck the halls! The fresh scent of evergreens, accented with bold red bows and berries, is one of our favorite heralds of the holidays at Maymont. For natural seasonal décor, it’s important to choose good materials, and we prefer greens with varying textures and colors to add visual interest to …

Votes for Women, 1916 to 2016



  Whether you’re celebrating or mourning the results of the Presidential Election, let’s be glad that all US citizens had an equal opportunity to vote this week. It hasn’t always been that way. The national election of 1916, just 100 years ago, would prove to be the last time the right to vote for a president was …

Maymont Suffers Loss of Male Otter, Neptune



  It is with great sadness that Maymont announces the death of Neptune, the male North American river otter, who passed away on Friday, October 28, at the age of 19. Necropsy results show that he died of natural causes. In his typical manner, he was swimming, playing with enrichments, and behaving normally for an …

Farm Updates, October 2016



  The new classrooms at the Farm are finally taking shape! Posts were in the ground for the photo on the left, taken on Tuesday, October 11, and the main center beam and part of a wall were in place for the photo on the right, taken on Friday, October 21. The parking lot expansion …

Two Young Bison Arrive at Maymont



  Two young female bison arrived at Maymont yesterday to live in the estate’s bison habitat. (Watch the video of their arrival.) The heifers are 16 months old and 17 months old, and each weighs over 600 pounds. They came to Maymont from SB Farms, Inc., a bison ranch located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Official …

Ikebana on Display in Japanese Garden



  Look for this fanciful Ikebana exhibit on display in the Japanese Garden through the end of October. (Expected completion on 10/20). “Harmony,” a Sogetsu taisaku arrangement using bamboo and colors of the fall season, was created by artist Libby Haynes. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement and expresses the rich natural beauty that …

A Tribute to Ford Reid, Volunteer of the Year



  We were missing a Very Important Volunteer at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception last week. Ford Reid, our Volunteer of the Year (for the fifth year in a row!), was unable to attend. But Peggy Singlemann, our Director of Horticulture, honored him with the following tribute, which is well worth repeating here. Ford frequently …

Our Valuable Volunteers



  The value of volunteers at Maymont is evident every day in their accomplishments and contributions. Volunteers help to keep the estate clean and beautiful, enhance guests’ experiences, and participate in events and programs that raise money for daily functions. In fiscal year 2015-2016 alone, 1,570 volunteers gave 20,017 hours of their time and talent. …