Fannie Mae Ponds & Gardens. The Grace Notes Hand Bell Quartet — Linda Brese, Fairfax; Ingrid Bowers, Reston; Marilyn Schroeder, Fairfax; and Lisa Lane, Great Falls; perform in the stone gazebo overlooking one of the two ponds frequented with Great Blue Heron.
Photo by Mercia Hobson.
The Reston Chorale presented its third annual "Gardens of Note," a self-guided tour of notable Reston gardens accented with live music presentations by its members at each site. Susan Meeks-Versteeg, General Manager of Reston Chorale, said, "Funds from this event help support the Chorale to bring music to the community throughout the year."
The June 1 tour starred six distinctly different gardens, four private gardens by Reston residents, the private "Fannie Mae Ponds and Gardens" purchased in 2018 by an affiliate of Connecticut-based Wheelock Street Capital, which bought the adjacent Hidden Creek Country Club, and the RA-owned Hunters Woods Garden Plots with managed beehives, property owned by Reston Association and used for its annual butterfly count.
After the tour, featured garden owners, ticket-holders, volunteers and members of the Reston Chorale gathered at Hidden Lane Residential Landscapes in Herndon for a late afternoon Garden Party with ensemble performances by members of the chorale and an exhibit of paintings by renowned Reston artist Pat Macintyre.
The Reston Chorale thanks its Gardens of Note committee members and volunteers who served as greeters, Hidden Lane Residential Landscapes and Myers PR for their support. To nominate a garden for next year's tour, email firstname.lastname@example.org.