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The Petersburg Garden Club, Petersburg Public Library, and the Library of Virginia present the exhibition Matters of Scale: Charles F. Gillette in Petersburg, which celebrates the work of the renowned landscape architect, April 27–June 30, 2022. From the 1920s through the 1960s, Gillette's name was synonymous with the best landscape design in the upper South. Although he is most remembered for his private estate work, Gillette's Petersburg designs serve as a microcosm of his broader career, encompassing residential, corporate, and large-scale educational projects. Drawn extensively from the Charles F. Gillette Papers at the Library of Virginia, the exhibition includes garden designs, photographs, and client correspondence that have never been publicly displayed before, as well as a recently restored Gillette bench. Projects such as Virginia State University, Blandford Cemetery, and the private gardens of Petersburg residents George Cameron, C. L. Morris, and W. R. Seward incorporate many of what would later become recognized as Gillette's signature details, including highly crafted masonry construction, carefully selected garden statuary, and an overall concern for proportion and scale.

Matters of Scale: Charles F. Gillette in Petersburg will on display April 27–June 30, 2022, at the Petersburg Public Library, 201 West Washington Street, Petersburg, Virginia 23803, which is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM, and Tuesday and Thursday 1:00–8:00 PM. For more information, visit or call 804.733.2387.

The exhibition will also be part of the Petersburg Garden Tour on April 26, 2022, the day before it opens to the public. Visit for information and tickets. The Garden Club of Virginia's Historic Garden Week runs April 23–30, 2022.

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