Reveille UMC

A Retreat in Richmond

One of the oldest houses in Richmond, the original portion of Reveille dates from the early eighteenth century. It is not known when the formal garden was first planted. Laid out in the manner of an eighteenth-century English garden, the beds were extensive, box
wood-lined, and required talented gardeners to keep in prime condition. When Reveille United Methodist Church acquired the property in 1951, the garden was sadly overgrown, and the pattern too complex for the role it now had to play.

The restoration to its present form began in 1962. Present-day borders follow the lines of the early plan with many of the original plants still thriving; the Japanese garden has survived very much intact. The boxwood alleé or carriage row still marks the route the horses and carriages took from the stables to the front door of Reveille House. 

The church has felt an obligation to save this unique part of its heritage as a place of retreat from the bustle of city life and so future generations would know and enjoy Reveille’s “lovely garden.” A devoted group of church members works in the garden on a volunteer basis. 

Reveille House and garden were on the 2015 Garden Club of Virginia Historic Garden Week tour.

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(includes plant listing)

Helping in the Garden
The garden committee meets Mondays through November and tends to Reveille's gardens by cleaning, weeding, and mulching. Can you help? All that is needed is your willingness and a pair of work gloves. 
Simply show up on Mondays, 8:30- 11:00 am, and join in. More information:  
Betty Leap or Donna Ludwig to get involved.

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