Five Things You Didn’t Know About . . .

We’re pleased to announce a new series, “five things you don’t know about…”  This occasional series will cover all things gardening and DC area related. Thank you to MGNV Marsha Mercer, who suggested the idea and has contributed our first “five things” articles.

by certified MGNV Marsha Mercer


The Art of the Flower exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond

The Art of the Flower Home Page

1) Through June 21, 2015, The Art of the Flower exhibition offers a bouquet of reasons for a spring road trip. The museum, a regional jewel, is located at 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond VA 23220-4007. Check out its site:

2) The exhibition features 65 masterpieces by more than 30 artists, including Van Gogh, Manet and Matisse. Billed as the first major American exhibition of French floral paintings from the 19th century, The Art of the Flower features paintings from the National Gallery, Metropolitan Museum of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum and the VMFA’s permanent collection, as well as the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay and Musee des Beaux-Arts.

3) Admission to the museum is free, but tickets to The Art of the Flower exhibition are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors 65+. You can order tickets online at Parking is easy at the adjacent parking deck, $5 per day.

4) Be sure to stop for lunch or refreshments at the museum’s Amuse Restaurant. It’s popular, especially on weekends, so make a reservation at 804-340-1580 or online.

5) Armchair travelers can access a free audio tour online and visit vicariously. If you visit, download the free app and listen on your mobile device while you tour. Questions? Call Visitor Services at 804-340-1405 or email

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