Spring home and garden tours


Sherwood Gardens, part of the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage. (Greg Pease)
April 17, 2013
Week of April 14

Virginia Historic Garden Week The Garden Club of Virginia is celebrating its 80th Historic Garden Week. The event showcases more than 250 gardens, homes and landmarks across the state. Old Town Alexandria’s tour (April 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $40) includes eight properties in historic Old Town, plus admission to George Washington’s Mount Vernon and six other historic sites on the day of the tour. In Loudoun County, a walking tour of Waterford historic homes and gardens (April 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $35) includes six homes and the Old School. Check the Web site for more events. April 2o-27. 804-644-7776. www.vagardenweek.org. Tickets are available at any of the houses
or gardens on tour the day of the event. $15-$40.

Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage Tours can be found in Baltimore and Queen Anne, Charles, Somerset, Worcester, Anne Arundel and Howard counties on select days from April 20 through May 18 at 10 a.m. 410-821-6933. www.mhgp.org. $30 per tour in advance, $35 the day of the tour.

Georgetown House Tour The 82nd annual tour features up to nine homes in the historic Washington neighborhood
and their gardens. April 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets include admission to a Parish Tea in Blake Hall at St. John’s Church,
3240 O St. NW. 202-338-2287. www.georgetownhousetour.com. $45 through April 21, $50 after.

Week of April 28

McLean Kitchen and Garden Tour The Woman’s Club of McLean hosts this tour of six homes, with all proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Transitional Housing Project. May 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 703-556-0197. www.mcleanwc.org. $25 in advance,
$30 day of tour.

Week of May 5

Takoma Park House and Garden Tour Takoma Park’s 40th annual tour, titled “From Pioneer to Present Day,” will showcase homes on Westmoreland, Elm, Pine, Montgomery and Hickory avenues. May 5, 1-5 pm. The tour departs from the Old Takoma Gazebo, 7035 Carroll Ave. 240-393-6060. www.historictakoma.org. $18 in advance, $20 day of tour.

Capitol Hill House and Garden Tour The Capitol Hill Restoration Society will lead its 56th annual tour, titled “In the Shadow of the Capitol: Old Traditions, New Beginnings.” The tour features 12 homes on a 1.2-mile route. May 11, 4-7 p.m., and May 12, noon-5 p.m. 202-543-0425. www.chrs.org. $25 in advance, $30 the weekend of the tour.

Georgetown Garden Tour The Georgetown Garden Club’s 85th annual tour showcases gardens and lawns throughout the D.C. neighborhood. This year’s tickets also include a tour of the private Dumbarton Oaks Garden of the Dumbarton Oaks Estate, a National Park Service property. May 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. www.georgetowngardentour.com. $30 before April 30, $35 after May 1.

Kentlands 2013 Garden Tour The Kentland Gardens annual tour will benefit benefit the Kentlands Community Foundation, the Kentlands Garden Club, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund and the Rainbow House Shelter. May 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. www.kentlands.org.$20 before May 1, $25 after May 2.

Week of May 12

Clifton Charity Homes Tour, Marketplace and Silent Auction The 41st annual event will include four homes in the Clifton area, the Masonic Lodge in Clifton and the log cabin at the Paradise Springs winery. All proceeds support the Charitable Trust, which over the past seven years has distributed more than $160,000 to local charities and student scholarships. May 16, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. www.cliftoncwc.org. $25 in advance, $30 day of the tour.

Tuckahoe Elementary Home and Garden Tour The 13th annual event is the primary annual fundraiser for Discovery Schoolyard, an outdoor classroom program. The self-guided tour will feature up to eight homes and three gardens in Arlington. May 18, noon-5 p.m. www.tuckahoetour.org. $20 in advance, $25 day of the tour.

Week of May 19

Historic Hyattsville House Tour Homes, gardens, businesses and more will be on display during the 34th annual tour. May 19, 1-5 p.m. 301-699-5440. www.preservehyattsville.org. $10 in advance, $12 day of the tour.

Potomac Spring House Tour The tour features homes in Potomac and Bethesda. May 19 and 20, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 301-299-7087. www.potomachousetour.org. $25 in advance, $30 day of the tour.

— Margaret Ely

Margaret Ely is a producer and reporter for Local Living and Weekend. Previously, she was an intern for the Post’s Metro section.
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