Reston Gardens of Note benefits two local nonprofits


(Left to right) Reston Chorale members Nancy Riley from Oak Hill and Melissa Cyrulik from Potomac, Md., Enjoy a moment together before attendees with a ticket to the Gardens of Note tour 2021 does not arrive in the residential garden of Cindy Brown and Chuck Daoud. Photo by Mercie Hobson.

Ticket holders for Gardens of Note 2021 enjoyed the self-guided tour of five residential gardens in Reston as well as pop-up musical performances by members and friends of The Reston Choir, a Fairfax County choir. Held on Saturday June 5, the Choir, in partnership with The Reston Garden Club, presented the highly regarded event which benefited both non-profit organizations.

“We are very happy to participate and give back to the community with music and beauty in the gardens,” said Kathleen Gohn, President of Gardens of Note.

The 2021 tour featured five Reston Gardens, one being the lakefront property co-owned by Cindy Brown and Chuck Daoud. Ground-cover plants and flowers meandered gently past the landscapes of flagstones and stone stairs. They transformed the previous sloping land into a colorful, textured woodland oasis. Brown said a spontaneous meeting with Gohn sparked the garden featured on the tour.

That morning Nancy Riley from Herndon was playing guitar in one of the garden rooms. She said: “I have been a long time member of the Choir and Gardens of Note touches two important things in my life, music and flowers.”

Choir member Melissa Cyrulik of Potomac Falls, Md., Said she joined during the pandemic. “Being here in the garden gives me a chance to meet my [fellow] Members of the choir.


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