Visit Reston’s Gardens of Note

A self-conducted tour of 5 notable gardens in Reston, Saturday, June 2.

The Reston Chorale will present the second annual Gardens of Note, an exclusive, self-conducted tour of private residential gardens on Saturday, June 2. Ticket-holders will be able to visit five notable gardens in Reston neighborhoods and also enjoy pop-up performances by members of The Reston Chorale from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., then a Garden Party at the end of the day. All proceeds benefit The Reston Chorale.

“Early June is the perfect time of the year to enjoy beautiful gardens, and the tour is also an ideal opportunity to connect with our wonderful community,” says tour chair, Kathleen Driscoll. “We received so much positive feedback about the first Gardens of Note tour last year. Visitors were enthused by the landscapes, the music, and spending time with old and new friends while exploring Reston’s neighborhoods.”

INCLUDED in the Gardens of Note for 2018:

  • The Guilfoyle garden in Uplands – Filled with the owner’s well-chosen plantings, seating, and art, the garden has been a magnet for friends, family, and neighbors over the years.

  • The Bitzer garden in South Lakes – Designed by its owner to encircle the home with perennials, shrubs, and trees that enhance the enviable views beyond.

  • The Gohn garden in Hunters Woods – Swaths of shrubs and perennials and new plantings of native varieties in an established, treed landscape.

  • The Mansfield garden in Hunters Woods – A garden of new hardscapes and plantings installed in 2017, curving around the home and complementing a woodland backdrop.

  • The Rhoads garden in North Point – Featuring a professionally installed sloping stream and pond, plus a new hardscape to address runoff, along with a multitude of spreading perennials.

Hidden Lane Garden Party – Presented by Hidden Lane Residential Landscapes, 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. only.

Tickets: $22 in advance, $25 on tour day, are available in May at: Mayflowers at Reston Town Center; Long and Foster, 2100 Reston Parkway; Chesapeake Chocolates, Wine, Gifts & More at Lake Anne.

Online purchases and additional tour details are available now on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gardens-of-note-2018-tickets-36364250452 (nominal service fee added).

VISITORS make their own choices to start the tour at any location using the map provided in the ticket/program that provides all tour information. Online ticket buyers will receive garden addresses and at their first stop will show their proof of purchase to receive the ticket/program.

Following the day’s touring, the Hidden Lane Garden Party begins at 4 p.m. with light refreshments, guided tours of the property, insights from landscape designers, and ensemble performances by members of The Reston Chorale. A supply of the Perennial of the Year, Allium Millenium, will be available for purchase with all sales proceeds donated directly to The Reston Chorale, courtesy of Hidden Lane Residential Landscapes.

Gardens of Note visitors should be prepared with suitable footwear and an umbrella for rain or shine. Note, children under the age of 10 cannot be admitted into these private, residential gardens.

Volunteer Garden Greeters: Those who would enjoy a 2-hour shift as a Garden Greeter during the Gardens of Note can receive a volunteer registration form by sending an email to restongardensofnote@gmail.com. Garden knowledge is not a requirement. Volunteers will receive advance orientation and a ticket to enjoy the tour and the Garden Party.

For all tour questions, email restongardensofnote@gmail.com and find more details via restonchorale.org – click Get Tickets on the Gardens of Note event at http://www.restonchorale.org/.

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