Fall 2009 Home and Garden Tours in the D.C. Area

By Kathleen Hom
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 10, 2009

Here is a roundup of some of the Washington area's home and garden tours this fall:

-- Docents lead visitors through formal gardens during the Fall Garden Tours at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Through Nov. 14, Tuesday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and Sept. 20 at 2:30 p.m. 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, 202-686-5807, http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org. Tour is included with the suggested donation of $12, $10 age 65 and older, $7 college students, $5 ages 6 to 18.

-- Brookside Gardens invites visitors to explore its late-season gardens during one of its Autumn Walks. Saturday, Sept. 26 and 29, and Oct. 10, 13 and 24. All tours start at 2 p.m. 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, 301-962-1400, http://www.brooksidegardens.org. Free.

-- A landmark in Howard County called Walnut Grove has been turned into Historic Ellicott City's Decorator Show House. The stone home, built around 1780, features 20 design spaces. Sept. 19 to Oct. 18, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. 5192 Sheppard Lane, Ellicott City, 410-461-6908, http://www.historicec.com. $15 in advance, $20 on tour days.

-- Visit the Woodrow Wilson House, the French ambassador's residence, the Embassy of Portugal and more during the 25th annual Kalorama House and Embassy Tour. The self-guided tour is Sept. 20 from noon to 5 p.m. 202-387-4062, http://www.woodrowwilsonhouse.org. $25 in advance, $30 on tour day.

-- Ten homes will be open to the public for Ocean City's Sand Castle Home Tour. The homes, in West Ocean City and outside Berlin, vary in size and style. Sept. 24 and 25, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 410-524-9433, http://www.artleagueofoceancity.org. $25 for both days.

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