Home and Garden Tour Benefits Falls Church City Elementary Schools
By JACKIE HANDLY
Special to the Falls Church Times
April 28, 2012
April certainly graced us with showers last Sunday during the Falls Church Elementary PTA Home and Garden Tour. But as the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers,” and showers in April were neither unexpected — nor did they deter people from seeing the wonderful homes and gardens.
Based on ticket sales, the eight homes and the gardens were enjoyed by as many as 430 home, design and history enthusiasts. Started in 2006, the tour has been a biannual tradition in Falls Church City and it’s certainly a wonderful addition to our community. Our family has been fortunate to go every year except 2010 when we out of the country for six months. Each year we’ve attended, the houses have been a delight, each one inspiring in its own way.
The docents in the homes have always been friendly and knowledgeable, and this year did not disappoint. Duputron House, a home built in the 1890s, even had docents from the Victorian Society at Falls Church dressed in period costume, adding extra flair to the experience. And at the Henderson Home, actors portrayed E.B. and Mary Ellen Henderson, giving visitors an instant history lesson. From a home built in the nineteenth century to two green homes built in the twenty-first century, in each house we found architectural and decorating details that we thought were brilliant. The garden flowers glowed softly in the rain with plants ranging from native beauties to exotic lovelies.
Among the people visiting homes, those showing perhaps the most dedication to the Earth Day spirit were Sarah Flanagan, Gina Caceci and Amy Titus, whose dripping but cheerful raincoats rivaled the brightest flowers. Some years the weather has been better, but this year they were not daunted by Sunday’s rain and maintained their tradition of walking from house to house leaving their cars at home.
Flanagan said, “Last time there were more hills, and given the weather, we were very grateful all the houses were within several blocks of Broad Street.” She went on to say her, “Favorite experience was our last stop at the Henderson House, where the meaning of Home was more important than House. Those walls spoke to you about what family and home really mean.”
The three women walk together often in Falls Church. “A few times each year we do a bigger walk like to Ballston and back. The home and garden tour seemed like a natural one to do,” Caceci said. Clearly these Falls Church City residents could have been presented with a Most Environmentally Sensitive Transportation Award.
The Home & Garden Tour is organized and run by the Falls Church Elementary PTA, and supports programs at Mount Daniel and Thomas Jefferson elementary schools, located in Falls Church City, with proceeds funding teacher grants, technology improvements and Outdoor Classroom provisions. Looking forward to the next Falls Church Elementary PTA home and garden tour in 2014!
By Special to the Falls Church Times
April 27, 2012