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Ginter Park Weekly Gazette – Wednesday, June 1, 2022

The Ginter Park Residents Association Weekly Gazette is our way of  bringing the most timely information to you – neighborhood news, city news, legislative updates, local business news.  Please do send comments and suggestions to  about the Gazette and our communications. We are here to benefit you.

Contents of this Edition

  • Picnic
  • Scene from the Street Garden Winners
  • Diamond District Update and Timeline, Public Meeting Announced for June 8, 6:00 pm, Bon Secours Training Center, details not yet released.




Don’t miss our Annual GPRA Picnic, Sunday, June 5, all are welcome!

GPRA will provide the chicken and ribs, lemonade, iced tea, water, and all paper products.

We’ve invited special guests.

There will be Line Dancing!

Family-friendly, but no pets, please. We will have games available.

Scene from the Street Garden Winners!

GPRA Scene from the Street judges are so happy to announce our 2022 winners.  Decision-making was very challenging, as there are so many beautiful front gardens within our boundaries. Add these addresses to your walking route and enjoy! Our photos do not do these gardens justice. Each winner was awarded a $70 Gift Certificate for purchases at Azalea Garden Center. Judging was completed this year by Meg and Dan Lawrence, Teresa McGurn Davis and Susan Rebillot. Our criteria were simple-gardens created by gardening homeowners; gardens upfront, visible, and pleasing to passersbys. Congratulations, gardeners!

The Vegetable and Herb Garden of David Jones and Molly Brannan, 3717 Moss Side Avenue 

A vegetable garden in the front yard in Ginter Park is an unusual sight, but David and Molly are wisely taking advantage of the most sunlit spaces on their property in order to grow their own produce. Two symmetrical borders that lead visitors to the front porch are brimming with a variety of fragrant herbs.  The northern border of the property is lined with native Elderberry and Paw Paw Trees. The front yard is hedged in Blueberry Bushes. Raised garden beds are planted with sweet peas, fava beans, kale, lettuces, squash, strawberries, tomatoes and peppers.  David and Molly are avid gardeners and propagated some seeds in their basement.

Zen Garden of Angie and Casey Barrows, 3502 Moss Side Avenue.

We named this garden the Zen Garden, because of it’s Asian-style arbor entrance to the back garden, the pagoda positioned in the front border, and the relaxing vibe evoked by the design and up-front seating.  The design invites you in to sit, relax with your favorite beverage.  This yard was barren when Casey and Angie purchased this house twelve years ago. They designed and planted the garden themselves. Casey, owner of Barrows Tree Service, selected a variety of trees for shade, texture and color. A broad border at the northern lot line is anchored by a colorful Red Maple, but also contains stately Cypress, red Peonies, and a variety of shrubs for texture.  The broad border along the front of the home is a show-stopper, planted around a pagoda sculpture and an umbrella-shaded seating arrangement. Angie and Casey designed the border with plant variations in height, form, texture and color.

The English Garden of Melissa Yeager, 4804 Chamberlayne Avenue.

Melissa grew up gardening with her mother and grandmother in England. When the pandemic hit and isolation endured, Melissa spent her free time designing and planting her front garden. You must visit and stroll the length of the white fence to appreciate the borders of David Austin English Roses, Pink Clematis, Hellebores, Irises, Agapanthas, Rudbeckia, Coreopsis, Echinacea, Lamb’s Ear, Hostas, cornflower blue dwarf Delphinium, and more. It’s a mix of natives and exotics with varying textures and colors, some sun-loving, some shade-loving.  In the center of the garden is a mature, full Maple for shade, and a beautiful Kousa Dogwood in bloom as an understory tree. Melissa also constructed a circular patio of pavers for a pleasing seating area. The 1931 home has charming architecture and sports a bright yellow door. Stroll by-and if you are lucky-Melissa will be in the garden eager to chat about gardening.

Cottage Garden of Sheena Mayfield and Michael P. Sue-Ling at 4812 East Seminary Avenue

The curb appeal of the blue-shingled home with the orange door begins with the deep purple Clematis and white Peonies at a  lampost at the beginning of the walkway to the front door.  The two broad borders on either side of the curving walkway have that casual, unplanned look, but lkely were carefully designed for varying textures, colors, and forms.  Fragrant Lavender, velvety Lamb’s Ears, blooming Peonies and assorted perennials spill out from broad borders.

The Whimsical Garden of  P. Colleen Renaye, 5004 East Seminary Avenue

Passersby cannot miss this sight of this garden, which extends lot line to lot line with a broad, lush border edged in river rock and punctuated with mosaic and other artistic pieces along the sidewalk.  This garden causes you to linger to identify the variety of plants and the art hidden among them. The broad border is planted with assorted seasonally blooming perennials, such as Irises.  The center walkway to the lavender door is anchored by climbing Clematis. The front garden includes small scale trees and a broad border of foundation shrubs of various heights and forms, plus large clumps of Irises. Hidden in a planted container near the front of the border is a stone engraved with the word, “Believe.” There is another stone with mosaics in the shape of a heart, and a colorful lending library at one end of the border.

Diamond District Development Update

Public Meeting Hosted by the City Announced for June 8, 6:00 pm, Bon Secours Training Center, Details to Be Announced, stay tuned!

For the City of Richmond website, which provides the timeline for the project and the concepts by the three finalists., click on the link below. The finalists’ full proposals are due June 28. The planned City Council vote for the selected development group is currently scheduled for July 9, 2022.

The three finalists are:

  • Richmond Community Development Partners;
  • RVA Diamond Partners;
  • Vision 300
  • The website referenced below lists the groups and their partners and describes their concepts.