Garden tour planned



Tickets are now available for the April 26 Martinsville-Henry County Garden Day “Art In Bloom,” a home and garden tour, plus more.

The tour will highlight the Arts and Culture District of a city with history rooted in tobacco, textiles and furniture.

Interpretive floral arrangements will be displayed at tour sites.

“Imagine a work of art brought to life by flowers,” said Cindy Edgerton, chairman the tour. “There will be flower arrangements at the tour sites that interpret works of art — from paintings to cars. The interpretation might re-create the whole piece, incorporating its colors, design, shape and style. Or the arrangement might focus on one of those elements.”

The special arrangements can be seen in nearby homes, including “Chellowe,” 1119 Knollwood Place, a Georgian Colonial river house with traditional décor; the King Uptown loft, at 29A Jones Street, which overlooks the court-house square; and the Colonial Revival Simmons House, 209 Starling Avenue. Once a residence, it is now used as a B&B and for meeting space.

The homes will be open to tour participants.

Arrangements will also be displayed in the district’s museums, gardens, a church and more, which will open their doors for the tour.

A highlight of the tour is the Historic Little Post Office, 207 Starling Avenue. The red-brick Queen Anne-style building, with notable ironwork and its original stained glass door, was built in 1893 to serve as a stop on the U.S. Postal Service’s expanding star route system. Today, the Little Post Office has a new lease on life, thanks to its renovation by Will Gravely and Piedmont Arts, which uses the space as a setting for special events and art exhibitions.

On Garden Day, visitors to the Little Post Office can see a watercolor Christmas card collection. The work was done by the late, well-respected, local artist Wanda Prillaman.

Outside, the Little Post Office will have an art garden with sculptures, and what might be considered automotive works of art, Porsches, on display. (There will be unique cars at all tour sites.)

For more information about Martinsville and Henry County or any questions, stop by the

Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center, at 191 Fayette St., or Piedmont Arts Association, at 215 Starling Ave., Martinsville.

Advance tickets are available online at Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 on day of tour; $10 for children ages 6 to 12. Proceeds benefit restoration projects of the Garden Club of Virginia.