View Photo Gallery: Visiting over-the-top extravagance in Northwest Washington, eclectic topiaries in Maryland horse country and mountain views in Virginia, Weekend spent time in gardens of all shapes and sizes from Annapolis to the Shenandoah Valley to bring you our top picks.

Would you prefer to be outside rather than at your desk? We would, too, especially after checking out all the lovely places that our garden guru, Amy Orndorff, visited for her recent cover story.

She will join the Got Plans? chat on Thursday at 1 p.m. to discuss the grandest local gardens and popular garden events including Historic Garden Week.

We will also give away a copy of “Capital Splendor: Gardens and Parks of Washington, DC,” a lovely book that captures the blooming beauty of the area. All you have to do to win the book is to impress the gurus with with your favorite memory that occured in a garden. Were you proposed to? Do you remember the joy on your child’s face the first time he recognized the beauty of a flower? What about that romantic picnic with a special someone?

Submit your favorite memories and questions here. And (until you can get away from your desk) check out the gallery of gorgeous gardens.