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 21-28 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 $25-$55 per tour; in many cases, you can purchase single tickets for only $25. Plus, if you buy them in advance, you can save $5 or more per ticket in some cases. Advance tickets are available up to 48 hours before tours.
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 21 -
Sunday April 22 -
Monday, April 23 -
Tuesday, April 24 -
Wednesday, April 25 -
Thursday, April 26 -
Friday, April 27 -
Saturday, April 28 -
If you're planning on going on several tours, consider getting a Statewide Pass, which gives you access to all 29 tours that week for $300.
For full details about the week, including area tours, ticket prices, and dates, go to www.vagardenweek.org.
You don't just have to rely on just this week to tour amazing, historic homes in Virginia. Check out these links to find historic estates you can tour all year:
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