WAIA preparing for 76th Annual West Avenue Garden Tour

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The West Avenue Improvement Association (WAIA) is preparing for its 76th Annual West Avenue Garden Tour.garden 9

It’s a self-guided walking tour of the gardens of West Avenue, Park Avenue and Franklin Street in The Fan. There is also live music, children’s activities, and refreshments.

Attendees will be able to explore a variety of urban gardens that are typically closed off, behind gates and walls the rest of the year.

The event is free and open to the public.

Neighbors will compete for awards and colorful flags that will be on display the day of the tour.

The Garden Tour is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 1. The children’s parade gets underway at noon.

The 1100 block of West Avenue will be closed to traffic during the tour.

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The group is expected several hundred people to attend.

WAIA has been around since the 1940’s. The association says that makes it the oldest neighborhood association in Richmond.

It was originally organized to bring residents together to rid the avenue and alleys of “some very pesky rodents.” They were then inspired to do something more cheerful an inspiring together. The beautification and garden tour was then born.

To learn more about WAIA, click HERE. ( LINK == http://www.westave.org/ )

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