If you have been following my Instagram feed you know at least two things about me:
1. I have a mischievous black cat
2. I love my garden!
I’ll be honest, I didn’t spend a ton of time outside as a kid. We were not a family who camped or went on hikes, but I did spend most of my summer days with my grandmother. She always had lots of flowers in the spring and a garden in the summer. She taught me the value of putting in the work to watch something you’ve nurtured by hand grow. Working side by side we weeded the flower beds, pruned the azaleas, and picked ripe vegetables from the garden. As an adult, I loved calling her up and just talking about the progress of my garden and gleaning all the information from her I could about how to make things flourish. Theres something in the peaceful simplicity of planting a seed, giving it water, and watching it grow that just feels good.
Its no lie that gardens are my happy place that’s why I’m thrilled to find so many beautiful gardens right here in Richmond! Maymont and Lewis Ginter are the first two that come to mind, but it is the maybe lesser know Agecroft Hall Gardens that are my favorite! From the manicured sunken garden that changes seasonally, to the wild Shakespeare garden, to the vast fields behind the estate, these grounds have a lot of variety that I find to be very inspiring.
From now until the end of the month the admission for the garden is free!