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The tour this year has a theme of Restoration, Renovation Renaissance. This was selected based on the June 2016 storm that caused significant damage to our neighborhood. As we emerge from the storm to renovate our damaged homes and gardens, we invite our neighbors from far and wide to come visit us and see our hard work to bring our homes and gardens back.
This year, our charity organization is Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. We provide a significant donation to this worthy organization from the proceeds of tour. https://www.allianceforthebay.org In 1971, a group of concerned citizens, representing business, agriculture, conservation, academia, and government began gathering to discuss the declining "State of the Bay" and a lack of political commitment to address it. Over 40 years later, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is one of the oldest and well-respected non-profits working throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. We will have Program Director, Liz Chudoba, who works with the RiverWise program whose goal is to reduce storm water runoff through native plantings and garden design in one of our gardens this year. She will share her knowledge and how to create your gardens and potential financial incentive programs from local government.
Also this year, we will have a trolley for transportation. Edwin Slipek, adjunct professor of architectural history at VCU and senior contributing editor at Style Weekly where he has been an architecture critic for 15 years will be on the trolley to share his in depth knowledge of the architecture in Ginter Park. Ed is a native of Ginter Park and grew up in this neighborhood. He is an expert on architecture and history of Richmond and will share his vast knowledge with our guests while they ride the trolley throughout the neighborhood.