Mom deserves a day. If you're lucky enough to have a mom in the Richmond Region or be visiting with your mom, we've got 5 Ways to Make Mom's Day:
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
Moms love gardens, so Lewis Ginter is blowing it out for mom's with three days of celebration:
The long weekend kicks off Friday, May 8 with National Public Gardens Day. On this day designed to promote awareness of public gardens, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will have its historic Bloemendaal House open to the public (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) with free tours by knowledgeable Garden Guides (please note: regular admission is required.) Learn more about the history of the property as the Lakeside Wheel (or bicycle) Club built in the 1890s.
On Saturday, May 9, create the experience your mom would like. Stretch out on quilts in the Rose Garden and read favorite books. Explore woodland walks searching for fairies. Get down and dirty with digging activities. Help weave a Maypole, hula-hoop and chase bubbles! (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Sunday, May 10 is the popular Mother’s Day concert with Glenroy Bailey & Co. (1 - 4 p.m.). Food available for purchase in front of Bloemendaal House. Guests are also welcome to bring blankets or lawn chairs but no outside food or beverage.
Agecroft Hall has free admission on Mother's Day in addition to a Tea and Tour program:
Spend the afternoon at Agecroft Hall. Enjoy live music by Susan DePhillip while drinking tea and dining on a variety of savory sandwiches and sweets. Then take a guided tour of the grand rooms of the museum’s first floor and the Tudor Kitchen. Special emphasis will be placed upon 17th century music and entertainment.
Visit the Victorians at Maymont
Feel like an honored guest as you visit the Dooleys’ home on this special afternoon. Guests are graciously welcomed to Maymont by Victorian ladies and gentlemen and invited to the Mansion for family-friendly tours that highlight the whirl of Major and Mrs. Dooley’s social season. Enjoy games, music and people from the past who encourage you to join in fun activities on the mansion lawn. Chat with the Dooleys’ head gardener and other conscientious staff who show first hand what it took to maintain a millionaire’s home and estate during the Gilded Age. Carriage rides available for a fee.
Your mom deserves a brunch. Richmond.com has an extensive list of restaurants serving brunch Sunday. Make a reservation quick, though. Popular spots are filling up fast.