-The garden owned by Phyllis Groh, also in Hagerstown, with English charm and whimsical garden art.
-The natural, untamed garden “rooms” tended by Denny and Shawen Warrenfeltz of Keedysville.
-The vegetable gardens, perennial flower beds and 20-plus kinds of trees at Log Cabin Crafters in Keedysville. The property sits on old farmland and has more than 400 feet of dry-stone wall that predates the Civil War.
-The gardens of the Criswell Home and Broom Factory, designed to complement the Cotswold cottage style of the English Midlands, with a terraced back yard that provides access to Keedysville’s historic district.
All in all, the tour is a lovely, low-key way to acknowledge the gifts of flora, fauna and well-preserved American history. If you fall a little in love with the area, as I did, make plans to return for the annual Spudfest, to be held this year on the grounds of the Agricultural Education Center on Aug. 27. Kids dig for potatoes, which are turned into potato chips on-site.
The Inn at Antietam
220 E. Main St.
Victorian charm with a baby grand in the parlor. Age 6 and older allowed, but no pets. Rooms $120-$185 a night.
Best Western Grand Venice Hotel
431 Dual Hwy.
$92-$110 per night
A nightclub and cocktail lounge is on the premises.
311 S. Main St.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Entrees $6.95 to $11.95.
Available at the Agricultural Education Center/Washington County Rural Heritage Museum.
Washington County Rural Heritage Museum
7313 Sharpsburg Pike
Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m.; other days by appointment. Donations accepted.
Washington County Second Annual Garden Tour: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets $10; cash only. No pets allowed. Refreshments available at various sites.
The Washington County Master Gardeners will hold an heirloom plant sale at the museum during the day.