Take a FREE guided expedition through the garden to explore what’s happening now. Director of Gardens Perry Mathewes will guide you to the best spots to view the most stunning plants of the season and give you a behind-the-scenes update on the latest garden changes as we implement the next phase of our Master Plan.
FREE! Thanks to Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc., MSV admission is free to all every Wednesday. Includes moderate walking; wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Meet at the garden entrance. This program will take place unless the museum is closed for inclement weather. Please check back here for updates.
Perry Mathewes is the director of gardens at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Mathewes provides a vision for and oversees the stewardship and development of the museum gardens and grounds, including the rehabilitation of the Glen Burnie Gardens and the creation of new garden spaces as outlined in the Museum’s Master Plan. He leads all MSV horticultural initiatives and oversees expansion of garden-related educational programming and research.
Mathewes has more than 25 years of experience in the museum and public garden field. Previously he was education program manager and interim director of education and communications for Norfolk Botanical Garden. In that role he oversaw visitor programs; produced interpretive and educational materials and programs; edited the organization’s website and member magazine; presented classes, lectures, and workshops; and developed and managed a streaming video system to view a bald eagle nest in the garden.
Mathewes’s prior experience also includes serving as landscape superintendent/curator of gardens at the 25-acre Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens in New Bern, North Carolina. He also was exhibitions consultant for the Museum of the Southeast, Midland, Texas, and assistant manager of the Virginia Historical Society’s Virginia House in Richmond. Mathewes studied at the Université Paul Valery in France and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Davidson College in North Carolina.
Wed, Aug 05 • 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Glen Burnie Gardens
MSV Members: Free