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Mount Sharon Gardens Open For Touring

January 24, 2012

A unique opportunity for a visit to ten acres of exquisite gardens overlooking 60-mile views of Piedmont Virginia will be offered 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13 at Mount Sharon, home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Seilheimer, Jr. in Orange, Virginia.

The garden, regarded as one of the most beautiful private landscapes on the East Coast, was a five-year collaboration between the owners and noted Virginia landscape architect, Charles J. Stick.  Ten integrated spaces, each with its own botanical theme, are tastefully accented by pavilions, fountains, pergolas and statuary, creating a private work of art of national significance.

“Mount Sharon has never been open to the public in May, the time when it is most robust,” says Mary Lou Seilheimer. “This is a one-time opportunity to see the gardens as only Charlie and I get to see them.” Advance tickets become available beginning February 1, $20 for adults age 16 and over ($30 on the day of the event).  Advance tickets can be purchased by phone, mail, or over the Internet by contacting Cheryl Greenday, Preservation Virginia, 204 West Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23220, (804) 648-1889 ext 319 or going to

The event is to benefit two tax-exempt organizations, The Boys & Girls Club of Orange and Preservation Virginia. 

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available.  Contact Cynthia Whitman, event chair, at (540) 661 0474 or for general information about the event or its sponsorship.

A press tour is available Wednesday,  April 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m..  Contact Patricia LaLand to confirm attendance and for directions.

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Patricia LaLand