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HOUSE AND GARDEN TOURS

Thursday, April 14, 2005; Page H08

Washington Walks offers tours throughout the District. Now through Oct. 31, take two-hour walks, rain or shine, in various neighborhoods of the city. Meet outside Metro stations. Fee: $10 (kids $5). 202-484-1565. www.washingtonwalks.com/walking-tours.html.

Choose among 55 District neighborhoods to tour this weekend with Walking Town, DC. On Saturday, with starting times between 8:45 a.m. and 4 p.m., and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., choose among free tours, held rain or shine, ranging from 45 minutes to three hours and led by professional guides or neighborhood volunteers. www.culturaltourismdc.org.


The East Garden of Virginia's Executive Mansion in Richmond, restored and open for Historic Garden Week. (Courtesy of Will Reiley/Garden Club of Virginia)

Virginia's Historic Garden Week runs Saturday through April 24 at locations around the state, including Alexandria (Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 703-838-4994 or 703-329-6935), Winchester (Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; 540-542-1326), Leesburg (Sunday and Monday; 703-771-2170 or 800-752-6118), Fredericksburg (Tuesday; 540-373-1776), Warrenton (Wednesday and April 21; 540-341-3432), Warren County (April 23; 540-635-4841), Fairfax (April 22; 703-978-4130) and the Eastern Shore (April 23; 757-331-2247). See private properties open for visits throughout the day (hours vary). Fees vary. www.vagardenweek.org.

Georgetown House Tour on April 23 from noon to 5 p.m. features eight houses east of Wisconsin Avenue. 3240 O St. NW. Fee: $45. 202-338-2287 or www.georgetownhousetour.com.

White House Garden Toursare offered on April 23 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and April 24 (noon to 4 p.m.). See the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, Children's Garden and South Lawn of the White House. 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free, but tickets required (timed distribution at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, 15th and E streets, beginning at 7:30 a.m.).

Folger Shakespeare Library holds its annual Shakespeare's Birthday Open House on April 24. From noon to 4 p.m., see the reading room's 16th-century tapestries, "Seven Ages of Man" stained-glass window and paintings depicting scenes from the Bard's plays; the Elizabethan Garden is also open with exhibits from the library's collections. 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free (charge for food and drink). 202-544-7077. www.folger.edu.

Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood is the subject of 90-minute Saturday tours from April 30 to October. Meet at 10 a.m. from the seated-lion sculpture in the west quadrant of Mount Vernon Place (between North Charles and Monument streets), Baltimore. Fee: $8; reservations required. 410-605-0462. www.mvcd.org.

Clara Barton's home at Glen Echo Park will be open April 30 for a lamplight tour from 7 to 9 p.m. For all ages, Victorian-style lamps glow in room settings during tellings of Clara Barton's life and times. Free. 5801 Oxford Rd., Glen Echo. 301-492-6245. www.nps.gov/clba.

Takoma Park House and Garden Tour on May 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. features self-guided looks into more than a dozen properties in either Takoma Park, Md., or the Takoma section of Washington. 7006A Carroll Ave. (301-270-1884) or 7042 Carroll Ave. (301-270-3138), Takoma Park. Fee: $15 (advance discount). www.historictakoma.org.

Capitol Hill House and Garden Tour on May 7 and 8 features 13 residences at 10 addresses ranging from contemporary to classic. Capitol Hill Restoration Society kiosk at Eastern Market. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 on tour days. 202-543-0425. www.chrs.org.

Historic Harbor House Tour in Baltimore on May 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. features a self-guided walk including 13 Fells Point houses and the Maritime Museum. 808 S. Anne St. or 701 S. Broadway, Baltimore. Fee: $15. 410-675-6750.

"Just Gardens" will be held on May 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, featuring seven country gardens in Northumberland County in Virginia's Northern Neck. Greenpoint Nursey, Main Street, Kilmarnock, Va. Fee: $15 ($12 in advance via P.O. Box 429, Irvington, Va. 22480). 804-435-1271.

The Georgetown Garden Tour on May 14 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) features private gardens typically crafted during a three-decade span in the 20th century, including Victorian yards converted to Colonial-inspired spaces by prominent landscape architects and designers. The tour, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is sponsored by the Georgetown Garden Club. Fee: $30, advance discount $25. 202-965-1950. www.gtowngarden.org.

Fairlington home and garden tour on May 14 includes 18 homes open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Fairlington Community of Arlington. South Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. Fee: $10. 703-379-6860 or 703-379-7256. www.fairlington.org.

Peerless Rockville's Homes and Hospitality Tour on May 21 presents hors d'oeurves and live music at residences in two Rockville neighborhoods. Visit at your own pace from 4 to 8 p.m. 107 Wickwood Dr. (King Farm) or 709 Grandin Ave. (Rockville Park). Fee: $45. 301-762-0096. www.peerlessrockville.org.

North Beach House and Garden Tour on June 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. features a dozen properties in North Beach in Calvert County, Md. St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 8816 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach. Fee: $10. 301-812-0044.

Tour watershed-friendly gardens on June 5 at sites in Arlington County and Falls Church. From 1 to 5 p.m., residential and public properties will be featured to highlight the benefits of landscaping designed to retain rainwater. Also featured are rooftop rainwater-collection systems and backyard wildlife habitats. Free. 703-228-6427. www.arlingtonenvironment.org.

J.J. McCoy


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