The tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic gardens.

Mark the days April 21-28 on your calendar as this year’s Historic Garden Week in Virginia. With dozens of tours and over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks, the Garden Club of Virginia has named this annual event as “America’s Largest Open House.”

This description is well deserved since this yearly spring tour is the oldest and largest house-and-garden event in the United States. Held as the peak of the Commonwealth’s springtime color, the event also includes other unique offerings in addition to breathtaking floral arrangements.

In addition to restored and renovated historic houses and estates, several contemporary homes are included on the tour, which will offer visitors a variety of architectural approaches, furnishings, decorative arts, interior design and artwork.

Several of Virginia’s most famous and significant historic buildings are also included, such as Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estates, and selected Colonial Williamsburg sites as well as the beautiful James River Plantations.

Garden design styles include formal and walled gardens, cottage gardens, cutting and herb gardens, annual and perennial gardens, water gardens, and enchanting secret gardens.

Tour options provide a great deal of flexibility, allowing visitors to focus on one or two specific regions or plan an itinerary that samples homes and gardens across the state.

For more information about this tremendous annual event, visit www.vagardenweek.org.

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