The Sauer’s Gardens neighborhood has one of Richmond’s most interesting pedigrees. Local extract and spice king C.F. Sauer, who was active in both real estate and gardening circles at the turn of the century, personally developed the neighborhood as a showplace for his interests.
The architecture is varied, ranging from Queen Anne and Colonial Revival to Mediterranean and Art Deco. Most homes were built in the early 1920s, and the Sauer family resided in the neighborhood during its early days. It boasts one of the city’s oldest civic associations, and its multitude of gardens and well-maintained landscaping is a source of local pride.
They were places of beauty to go for a stroll, a high school graduation, or a wedding, and places to climb and scamper about for children. They were the Sauer gardens, planted in the 1920s by C. F. Sauer Sr., the founder of the renowned spices and extracts company. As a means of giving back to his community, Sauer furnished these gardens with sculptures, plants, trees, flowers and shrubbery that he had acquired during his global journeys. The Monumental Floral Gardens, laid out in the vicinity of Libbie Avenue and Broad Street, had an Italian flavor, with urns, statuary, and a reflecting pool, while the Japanese Gardens in Monument Avenue’s 4300 block were a sanctuary resplendent with Japanese flora and ornamentation. As the years passed the gardens began to fade from existence. A condominium complex was constructed in the 1980s on the site of the Japanese Gardens, however many vivid memories of these fanciful grounds still linger.
Our membership is as eclectic as our homes in this great neighborhood!
Our Sauer’s Garden neighborhood is about 313 homes. The Sauer’s Garden Civic Association (SGCA) is a way for neighbors to get to know each other and to keep our neighborhood safe, clean and a great place to live.
We have several social functions throughout the year!
The SGCA Board meets monthly to discuss issues and plan activities. Some board members also attend community meetings and provide updates on local issues and any other items of interest to Richmond residents.
Annual membership is only $15 per household. The money helps to pay for activities such as the Tot Lot Cleanup, Alley Cleanup, the Neighborhood Watch, and the quarterly parties which are a lot of fun and well-attended.