In spring, peek without guiltat houses, gardens and more

April 4

For those who feel that an April excursion through Washington-area homes and gardens is hardly enough, there will be plenty more to see next month.

In addition to the April events, listed here a few weeks ago, the annual home and garden tours will include many more venues in the District, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia in May and early June.

Visitors can traipse through embassies in Northwest Washington, hidden gardens in Annapolis and newly renovated houses in Arlington, among many others.

Here is a list of the May and early June tours: www.allhallowsguild.org/fm/come.html

Around the World Embassy Tour, Northwest Washington, May 3. Get a rare glimpse into 40 embassies — often ornate mansions and exclusive compounds — and experience the art, dance, fashion and cuisine of countries from around the world. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free; reservations are not required, but photo identification may be. Go to www.culturaltourismdc.org for a list of homes.

Takoma Park House and Garden Tour, Holly and Eastern avenues in Takoma Park, Md., May 4. Explore a dozen homes in a three-block stretch of Takoma Park, including a Dutch colonial, four-square, bungalow and Victorian, that reflect the evolution of the community from the 1880s through the post-World War II era. Open 1 to 5 p.m.Tickets are $18 in advance at www.historictakoma.org and $20 the day of the event.

Shortcut to Europe: European Union Embassies’ Open House, Northwest Washington, May 10. Take an international sojourn by visiting some of the 28 European Union member states’ embassies and the European Union delegation to the United States. Get a taste of the cultures of Italy, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Denmark, the Czech Republic and many other countries. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free; reservations are not required, but photo identification may be. Go to www.euopenhouse.org .

Georgetown Garden Tour begins at Christ Church, 31st and O streets NW, May 10. This annual self-guided tour includes nine private gardens tucked away among the tree-lined streets of Georgetown. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $30 at www.georgetowngardentour.com when purchased by April 30 and $35 after May 1.

Capitol Hill House and Garden Tour begins at 415 Independence Ave. SE, May 10-11. Visit 12 homes in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol during this walking tour, which covers a bit more than a mile. It features Civil War-era frame houses, Victorians and several separate gardens. Open 4 to 7 p.m May 10 and noon to 5 p.m. May 11.Tickets are $25 in advance at www.chrs.org, $30 during the tour weekend.

Tuckahoe Elementary Home and Garden Tour begins at 6550 N. 26th St., Arlington, May 17. Visit seven newly renovated houses in the North Arlington community. Open noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance at www.tuckahoetour.org , $30 the day of the tour.

Beyond the Garden Gates Garden Tour, Frederick, Md., May 17-18. Discover delightful gardens and, in some cases, plein-air artists in the historic part of the city while exploring 11 private gardens and one public garden. Open 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance at www.celebratefrederick.com/events/garden-tour , $25 the day of the tour.

Hyattsville House Tour, May 18. Take a self-guided tour to nine homes, including the oldest in the city, a Victorian built in 1871. Open 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets $10 at Franklin’s Restaurant, Brewery & General Store, 5123 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, $12 the day of the tour at the Hyattsville Municipal Building, 4310 Gallatin St. Go to www.preservehyattsville.org/tours for addresses and more information.

Secret Garden Tour, Annapolis, June 7-8. Venture into 12 hidden gardens in the downtown area. Open noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance at www.hammondharwoodhouse.org , $30 the day of the tour.

Trish Donnally is a freelance writer.

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