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Public Gardens Itineray
Lynchburg and the Central Virginia region is fortunate to be the home of many public gardens. Recently the Lynchburg Marketing Partnership along with some garden advocates put together a beautiful brochure highlighting 14 Central Virginia Public Gardens. To view all the gardens check out the link below.
As for which gardens to visit today, let us suggest this Lynchburg itinerary. Begin you garden tour day at the Awareness Garden located at the Ed Page entrance of the Blackwater Creek Natural Area (1700 Old Langhorne Rd.). You'll see a beautiful water feature, memorial bell and brick work that memorializes many who bravely fought cancer. It's a peaceful but busy place. Bikers, walkers and runners enter and exit the Blackwater Creek trail at this beautiful garden location throughout the day.
The next stop takes you to the Dorothy Crandall Bliss Botanic Garden. Nestled on a hillside next to Randolph College (located on Norfolk Ave.) just down the street from Mangia's Restaurant), you'll see a plethora of wildflowers and plants native to the southeastern United States. And since you're so close to Mangia's, you might as well enjoy a delicious lunch out on the patio. Mangia's is a really good, simple, classic Italian restaruant that prepares everything on the menu fresh daily.
Drive just a few more blocks down Rivermont and you'll find the next pubic garden. It's located adjacent to Riverside Park, the Miller-Claytor House Garden. The garden in front of the Lynchburg's sole remaining 18th century townhouse includes English boxwoods, native dogwood trees, peonies, lilacs and a variety of bulbs that enhance the stone terrace and paths. While you are in the area, you might as well meander around Riverside Park. There are numerous trails along the perimter, or stop by the splash park to watch the children having lots of wet fun!
To finish your Lynchburg garden tour day, head back across town a couple of miles and visit the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum. Even if you don't have an appointment, feel free to stroll the gardens around the back of the house. It's a gem of a place with a historic ambience that is not easily replicated. "This small garden is half my world..." wrote former Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer about her charming, colorful garden. Nestled among the flowers is a garden cottage, Edankraal, which served as Anne's writing retreat.
Now that you've enjoyed a great day in the gardens, you'll probably want to see more. DiscoverLynchburg hosts the information about the 14 Central Virginia Public Gardens. Visit it here.