Sip wine and stroll the world-renown gardens of horticulturist, author, and lecturer Andre Viette at this weekend's 14th annual Daylily and Wine Festival. With the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains in the background, the festival has been a long-time summer tradition in the central Shenandoah Valley, showcasing the Viettes' extensive gardens as well as some of Virginia's finest vineyards.
Two days of music, wine and beer tastings, seminars, workshops, gourmet food from area restaurants, a variety of artisans and crafters, children's activities, live radio coverage from Mr. Viette's garden, and much more are planned from 9-5 on Saturday and noon-5 on Sunday. The weather forecast is for hot and sunny, perfect for a weekend of fun.
Mr. Viette offers over 3,000 varieties of perennial plans in acres of gardens at his home and nursery. The fields of blooming daylilies at this time of year entice artists to set up easels and capture the beauty.
A beloved member of the area, Mr. Viette has contributed to the community in many ways over the years, teaching horticultural courses for almost 30 years at Blue Ridge Community College as well as hosting his radio show, "In The Garden," that is heard in four states and the District of Columbia every Saturday morning. He has opened his gardens to various fund raisers over the years including the annual Daylily and Wine Festival.
If you want to attend, the festival will take place today and tomorrow, July 17 & 18, at Andre Viette's Farm and Nursery located just minutes off I-64 and I-81 in Fishersville, Va. More information can be found at the Daylily & Wine Festival website.