On April 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Mill Mountain Garden Club and the Roanoke Valley Garden Club exhibit four properties as Roanoke’s part of the 2012 VA Historic Garden Week organized by the Garden Club of Virginia. These spaces, nestled in South Roanoke and clustered near Crystal Spring Avenue and Jefferson Street at the base of Mill Mountain, are all within walking distance of each other.
The tour nicely reflects the early 20th century neighborhood architecture and more recent growth. Two early-20th and one mid-20th century homes will be open along with their gardens. At the fourth property, only the well-maintained garden developed about 1975 will be open.
Tour Properties: Admission by Ticket
- The Hooper residence, 15 Cardinal Rd. at the corner with Jefferson Street, is a 1928 Tudor-style residence that overlooks the City of Roanoke. This was the home of several past presidents of the previously Roanoke-based Norfolk and Western Railroad. Remodeled in 1960 and again in 2000, the one acre setting of this residence encompasses outstanding downtown Roanoke-city views.
- The Vogel residence, 2734 South Jefferson Street, is a 1929 American Revival Tudor-style residence designed by local architects and built for Mr. Arthur Needles, President of Norfolk and Western from 1924 to 1936. The current owners obtained the property from Mr. Vogel’s parents in 2010. The garden, designed by a local landscape architect and completed in 1933, was used by the earlier Mrs. Vogel as the Garden Club of VA lily test garden.
- The Scheiderer residence, 2911 Crystal Spring Avenue, is a 1952 six-bedroom brick Colonial positioned on a private one-acre lot. The park-like setting features both city and mountain views, a heated swimming pool, and a tiered perennial garden containing fig and apple trees.
- The 37-year-old Barritt garden, 2406 Jefferson Street, features perennials bordered by boxwood and hemlock hedges. Recent plant selections fit into shady spots, as well as attract birds and butterflies. As they continually care for and update their garden, the owners have included an assortment of native plants, a small pond and a working compost pile.
- While strictly not on the tour, The Ronald McDonald House, 2224 South Jefferson Street, serves as the lunch stop with preordered box lunches, and a limited number of first-come, first-served boxes available. The structure is a mock Tudor-style building and was converted to its present use in 1984. The traditionally landscaped lot, recently spruced up by volunteers, is slightly over one acre in size and includes an outside playground area for children.
- An afternoon cookie break is available at the Vogel residence, 2734 South Jefferson Street, from 2 to 4 p.m.
- There will be an upscale yard art and bulb sale at South Roanoke United Methodist Church parking lot at 23rd Street to benefit the Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs grounds on Colonial Avenue.
- The Crystal Spring Pumping Station, located in the little park at the corner of Jefferson and McClanahan Streets and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is specially open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. The Smithsonian Institute recognizes this working pump as one of the last and best examples of its kind.
Tour tickets are available on April 28 at any of the tour houses for $20 per person by cash or check only – no credit cards. There are no single site tickets. Children six to 12 years old are half price while children five and younger have free admission. Children younger than 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult.