Historic Garden Week in Virginia

Why is Historic Garden Week in Virginia such a huge annual event? Well, consider these words by Hugh Johnson:

"No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden."

Often called "America's Open House," the event is April 22-29 and will afford you entrance into 250+ gardens, homes, and historic landmarks-- some of them rarely open to the public.

The Garden Club of Virginia calls it "the oldest and largest statewide house and garden tour event in the nation." The event is grouped into local tours, each of which provide entrance into multiple estates.

Tour tickets range from $15-$40 per tour; in many cases, you can purchase single tickets for only $15. Plus, if you buy them in advance, you can save $5 or more per ticket in some cases.

Historic Garden Week Schedule

Lewis Ginter Botanical GardenLewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Here's the full schedule for Virginia Historic Garden Week (I can't give you details about each tour - go to www.vagardenweek.org for that) but I've noted a few sights I particularly recommend):

Saturday, April 22 - 

  • Ashland
  • Morven, Charlottesville 
  • Old Town Alexandria (includes access to Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House, Gunston Hall, and Mount Vernon
  • Orange County - Gordonsville 
  • Lexington
  • Gloucester-Matthews

Sunday April 23 - 

Shirley PlantationShirley Plantation

Monday, April 24 - 

  • Charlottesville: UVA Pavilions and Carr's Hill
  • James River Plantations 
  • Leesburg & Oatlands

Tuesday, April 25 - 

  • Williamsburg 
  • Fredericksburg 
  • Lynchburg 
  • Petersburg 
  • James River Plantations
Westover PlantationWestover Plantation overlooking the James River.

Wednesday, April 26 - 

  • Newport News-Hampton
  • Bridgewater
  • Northern Neck/Northumberland County 
  • Richmond: Westover Hills
  • Virginia Beach
  • Martinsville
  • Warrenton

Thursday, April 27 - 

  • Norfolk 
  • Richmond: Windsor Farms
  • Tuckahoe Plantation
  • Warrenton

Friday, April 28 -

  • Middle Peninsula 
  • Richmond: Monument Avenue & the Executive Mansion
  • Danville-Chatham

Saturday, April 29 - 

  • Eastern Shore
  • Little Washington
  • Roanoke
  • Winchester

For full details about the week, including area tours, ticket prices, and dates, go to www.vagardenweek.org.

Looking for more historic homes to visit all year long?

CharlottesvilleDon't miss the Downtown Mall on your Albemarle/Charlottesville tour.

You don't just have to rely on just this weekk to tour amazing, historic homes in Virginia. Check out these links to find historic estates you can tour all year:

› Historic Garden Week

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