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ArlingtonCulpepper Garden spotlights daffodils in outdoor spruce-up

Culpepper Garden spotlights daffodils in outdoor spruce-up

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Culpepper Garden has opened reservations for the public to enjoy the inaugural bloom of more than seven varieties of 28,000 daffodils, the first of a six-phase plan to restore gardens at the affordable-senior-living community near Ballston.

A kickoff reception for the event will be held on Saturday, April 10 from noon to 3 p.m., with social-distancing and other health guidelines in place.

In addition, both guided and self-guided tours will be available throughout the springtime.

Dubbed the Spring Garden Walk, the event is designed as the first in a series of interactive, garden-themed events to be held through 2021. Funds will support restoration of the historic gardens planted by botanist Charles W. Culpepper, who once owned the five-acre property and who, in 1973, sold the parcel to the Arlington Retirement Housing Corp. for use as affordable housing for low-income residents.

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Today, Culpepper Garden provides 273 independent-living and 73 assisted-living apartments. Residents are an average of 77 years old, although some are over 100.

For information on the effort, see the Website at www.culpeppergarden.org. For those who want to make advance reservations for tours of the gardens, call Jasmin Witcher at (703) 528-0162 or e-mail jwitcher@culpeppergarden.org.

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