Archives for February 2018

Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday Bash

Celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s 275th birthday at his boyhood home! Tuckahoe Plantation is hosting it’s first “Thomas Jefferson Birthday Bash” on Friday April 13th from 4-7pm. A favorite caffeinated beverage of Jefferson’s is served by Grounds Up Coffee, and the vendor market displays items perfect for a birthday gift! Wander the blooming gardens with the $5 admission fee (for guests 6 years and up), and enjoy some colonial games on the grassy lawn (good for all ages!). The historic home, where Jefferson lived as a child, is open for guided tours for an additional $5 per guest (ages 6 years and up). Help Tuckahoe make Jefferson’s 275th birthday a festive affair to remember!

Advance tickets can be purchased online, but tickets will be available at the door! For any questions, please contact us at 804-774-1614 or [email protected]

Mother’s Day Peony Picnic 2018

Looking for Mother’s Day plans? Join Tuckahoe Plantation on Sunday May 13th for a “Peony Picnic” to celebrate Mom! Bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds, tour the historic plantation home, and view our blooming gardens! Admission is $5 per guest over 6 years old (free for children under 5 years).

Staring at 1pm, peonies will be available at $5 per peony stem and greenery (limit two stems per person), so you can enjoy Tuckahoe’s beauty at home! Gelati Celesti will be serving ice cream from 12-4pm, but feel free to leisurely picnic long into the afternoon! The Historic Home will be open for tours between 2pm and 4pm for an additional $5 per person for guests over 6 years old.

1) We strongly encourage buying tickets in advance for this popular event! Presold tickets can be purchased here. Tickets will be sold at the door, but we recommend pre-purchasing tickets and skipping the line!

2) Dogs who play well with others are welcome to join, but please keep them leashed and clean up any messes.

3) Some tables, chairs, and benches are provided, but feel free to bring your own blankets or lawn chairs.

4) Carpool if possible! This is a very popular event, so while we have plenty of parking, make our parking valets’ day by driving less vehicles.

5) We will never discourage going green! We will have water and trash receptacles on site, but feel free to bring your own water bottles or take your recycles home!

For questions or additional information, please call 804-774-1614 or via email at [email protected]

How to Prune Your Fruit Trees

Guest Post written by Sally Keys

Virginia is home to many varieties of fruit trees. From Hardy Orange trees to the apple trees that Thomas Jefferson noted created the highest quality ciders, fruit trees are a part of Virginia’s agricultural treasure. If you have fruit trees in your garden, it is essential to know how to prune them.

Benefits of Pruning

Pruning your fruit trees correctly can lead to a higher yield of fruit. The tree might produce a lower number of fruit, but each piece will be bigger, making your total harvest more abundant. Pruning can also mitigate damage from infected limbs, allow more sunlight to hit the leaves therefore protecting against disease, and keep the structure of the tree sturdy, durable, and intact.

Pruning Basics: When and How Much

One of the best things about gardening is learning about the natural world, but in order to do so you’ll need to take special precautions in your garden in order to get the most from your pruning. Take some time to learn about the fruit tree variety that you have growing in your yard so that you can help it thrive. Though the basics, such as when and how much to prune are similar for many fruit trees, some of the specifics will vary among different varieties of trees.

When To Prune

One of the best times of the year to prune is in the winter when the branch structure of the tree is most visible, and the plant is dormant. Avoid pruning in the early spring, once the tree begins to show leaf buds along the branches.

Some fruit trees, like cherry and apricot, should also be pruned in the summertime. Pruning is a great idea whenever you find a damaged or infected branch. Getting rid of that branch, no matter what time of year it is will help the tree stay healthy as a whole.

How Much To Prune

It is a good idea to prune young trees extensively for the first three winter seasons. After that, try to prune the tree so that there is a balance of vertical branches and horizontal branches. Take away any diseased branches. Take out enough branches so that sunlight can filter through the tree.

Virginia is filled with beautiful fruit trees. If you are lucky enough to be the caretaker of one, be sure that you are pruning correctly. Prune in the winter while the tree is dormant, and whenever you notice an infected branch. Heavy pruning leads to more vibrancy in the early years. Create a balanced, well-structured tree that will be sure to produce the apples, oranges, and plums that we all adore.