Through the Garden Gate


For the past four years I’ve had the pleasure of visiting one of the most fascinating and historically significant places on earth – The University of Virginia in Charlottesville. With my son graduating in May, I wanted to make one last trip before the big day.

There are plenty of tours of the Grounds, but I’ve been intrigued by a lesser known self-guided tour of the gardens behind the Pavillions in the academic village. Home to college deans and professors, each Pavillion has a secluded garden, which is accessible through a series of garden gates. Although open to the public, these hidden little gems are very private, with an occasional student seen on a bench or lying in the grass.

What lies beyond each gate is a sight to behold!
And in keeping with Thomas Jefferson’s love of  Neo-Classical style, each garden gate was designed with classical elements to complement
the Pavillion behind it. 
This is my heaven on earth!
The next time I see my son, he’ll be in cap and gown marching down the Lawn from the Rotunda.  Somehow I don’t think that will be last time I’ll visit UVa……


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