The Wharton Memorial Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to honor and continue the gardening legacies of Mrs. Louise Bibb Wharton and Mrs. Eloise Gregory, to encourage interest in horticulture through the creation and maintenance of public gardens, and to promote the development of North Bridge Street as a cultural and historic area through gardening, restoring historic structures and supporting the programs of the Bedford Central Library, the Bedford Historic Society and other neighboring institutions.
GARDEN AND COTTAGE VOLUNTEERS: 2016-2024
PAUL AND JILL HARDESTY
LIBERTYH.S. HORT. CLASS
MARY MILES w/LINDA AND DIANE
DE DE RUBIN
BEDFORDVOL. FIRE DEPT.
BEDFORDTOWN PUB. WORKS
JEFF AND CHERYL THOMPSON
BEDFORDCENTRAL LIB. STAFF
NEW LEAF FARMS
WE WELCOME HELP! LET US KNOW IF YOU'RE INTERESTED!
The Wharton Garden is located in the town of Bedford, Virginia between the Bedford Central Library and The Bower Center for the Arts. It includes the Children's Literacy Garden, made up of several vignettes with an Alice in Wonderland theme , the Reading Walk, the Pollinator Garden, the Playhouse, a pergola and performance stage.
The Wharton Cottage is located at 309 N. Bridge Street in the small town of Bedford, Virginia. Built in 1848 in the Carpenter Gothic style, the home has been lovingly restored and maintained and is now Town Kitchen & Provisions restaurant.
We are very grateful for the wonderful support of the many people who donate to our efforts, helping to make all of this possible. Thank you!
We are very grateful for the following grantors: Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation, Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation, Nora Roberts Foundation, Schumann Foundation, the Town of Bedford and The Easley Trust
We are very grateful for the endless hours put in by our volunteers, those who physically work in the garden and those behind-the-scenes who do their part to make this garden what it is!