Maymont Serves Up its First Fine-Dining Experience



Closing one of the first crisp days of fall, the sun glows amber as it sets over the picturesque Italian Garden. The garden’s roses – bright, fragrant and in full bloom – surround the pergola, lined with dining tables and draped in soft café lights. A light breeze rustles the Magnolia leaves and makes gentle …

Ultimate Fall Planting Guide: When, What & Why



  Ahhh, the cooler temperatures of autumn! They are met annually with celebration, like a prize earned for enduring a Central Virginia summer. Fall is a great season for evaluation and renovation in the landscape and in the garden because of lower temperatures and higher rainfall. Fall is surely the best time of year to …

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 …

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 …

Planting for Pollinators



  Creating a garden that attracts pollinators is beneficial to the ecosystem and a fun family activity. Everyone enjoys watching a butterfly light on a flower or a bumblebee lumber from blossom to blossom. Pollinators require specific elements in the landscape to thrive. The basic needs for their survival are 1) a source of water …

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 …

5 Reasons Fall is for Planting



  On the first day of fall, it’s time to start thinking about planting, and not just bulbs. But isn’t spring the season for gardening? Not necessarily. You may be inspired by all the new growth you see as winter fades away, but there are plenty of great reasons to plant bulbs, trees, shrubs and …