Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that the Garden Club of Virginia was leading a Falls Church-Arlington Home and Garden Tour on April 26. They are leading a Washington tour on April 29. This version has been updated.

A home on the Georgetown House Tour, which features some of the neighborhood’s oldest and most prestigious homes. The tour is being led by Jill and Scott “Scooter” Altman, a former NASA astronaut. (Constance Christakos )

With spring here and Mother’s Day right around the bend, now is the time to get outdoors and enjoy the warm weather by visiting some of the Washington area’s most interesting, beautiful and historic homes and gardens. This year’s roundup includes a mixture of elegant gardens, family-friendly embassy events and a handful of plant sales.


The Friends of Carlyle House’s Annual Garden Day Herb and Craft Sale features live music, a bake sale and tours of the Carlyle House, the site of the Mansion House Hospital featured in the PBS period medical drama “Mercy Street.” Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free for Friends of Carlyle House or with the purchase of an Alexandria Garden Day ticket. Admission to the Carlyle House museum $5, children $3.

Purchase trees, shrubs and plants, all grown within the estate’s greenhouse, along with gardening books, tools and heirloom seeds at the Mount Vernon Historic Plant and Garden Sale. Gardening experts will also be available to answer your plant-related questions Wednesday-Sunday 1- p.m. Runs Saturday-May 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. 703-780-2000. Free.

The Falls Church-Arlington Home and Garden Tour includes four 100-year-old holly trees, mature boxwoods, a garden of Victorian-era plants and two homes that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Part of the Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week, which spotlights more than 250 gardens, homes and landmarks across Virginia. Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Historic Garden Week runs Saturday through April 29. In advance $30, day of tour $40; other Historic Garden Week tours $15-$50.

Shop for traditional and rare plants, including eight types of Cypripedium orchids, at the Garden Fair and Plant Sale, sponsored by Friends of the National Arboretum. April 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (members only) and 1-4 p.m. (general public), and April 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. 202-544-8733. Free.

The Georgetown House Tour features some of the neighborhood’s oldest and most prestigious homes. The event is once again being led by Jill and Scott “Scooter” Altman, a former NASA astronaut who appeared in the blockbuster “Top Gun.” Tickets include admission to a parish tea in Blake Hall at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW. 202-338-2287. April 29 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $50, day of tour $55; group tickets (10 or more) $40.

The Garden Club of Virginia’s Washington tour includes four private homes and the gardens of the Inn at Little Washington. Part of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week, which spotlights more than 250 gardens, homes and landmarks across Virginia. April 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. In advance, $35, day of tour $40.

The Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage includes stops in Anne Arundel, Carroll and Baltimore counties on select days and times. April 29-May 13. 410-821-6933. In advance $30, day of tour $35.

The Four Rivers Garden Club will hold their annual 72nd Flower Mart in downtown Annapolis, selling prearranged baskets of flowers and custom arranged baskets near City Dock. April 30 10 a.m.-2p.m. 410-757-5867.


Washington National Cathedral’s 2017 Flower Mart features flower and gift vendors, live music, festival food, tours of the gargoyles and the bell-ringing chamber, rides on the antique carousel, children’s games and more. May 5-6. Free.

Visit more than 20 embassies during the Around the World Embassy Tour. Cultural highlights include karate demonstrations, sari wrapping lessons and henna demonstrations. May 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Various locations in Northwest Washington. Free; photo ID may be required.

This year’s self-guided Takoma Park House and Garden Tour spotlights unusual and historic homes in the neighborhood surrounding Spring Park. May 7, 1-5 p.m. 240-393-6060. In advance $22, day of tour $25.

Visitors get the rare opportunity to step inside the embassies of 28 European Union countries during the Sho rtcut to Europe: European Union Embassies’ Open House. May 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Various Northwest Washington locations. Free; photo ID may be required.

Georgetown Garden Tour includes eight private gardens in some of the neighborhood’s most historic locations, including the elegant gardens of historic Tudor Place. May 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $35 before May 1, $40 after.

The Tuckahoe Elementary School Home & Garden Tour will highlight eight newly renovated homes in Arlington. Funds raised will support the Discovery Schoolyard program at Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington. May 13, noon-5 p.m. In advance $25, day of tour $30.

Hundreds of healthy plants, donated by club members, will be available for purchase at the Great Falls Garden Club’s Plant Sale. May 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Pick up perennials, herbs, heirloom tomatoes, hanging baskets, houseplants and more at Silver Spring Garden Club’s annual Garden Mart fundraiser. May 13, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. South terrace of the Visitors Center at Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1400. Free.

The Capitol Hill House and Garden Tour features homes on East Capitol Street, Fifth Street, A Street and more, as well as Naval Lodge No. 4 on Pennsylvania Avenue in Southeast. May 13, 4-7 p.m., and May 14, noon-5 p.m. 202-543-0425. In advance $35, tour weekend $40.

The CCWC Homes Tour, Marketplace & Silent Auction features guided tours of three homes in Clifton and Fairfax, including a home inspired by Twelve Oaks, Ashley Wilkes’s home in Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind,” plus a silent auction and marketplace at the Clifton Presbyterian Church, May 18, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 703-609-3479. In advance $25, day of tour $30; one home tour $10; silent auction entry free.

The Garden Club of Frederick and Celebrate Frederick lead the Beyond the Garden Gates ­Garden Tour in downtown Frederick and Baker Park, featuring nine of Frederick’s finest gardens. May 20-21, 1-5 p.m. ­ 301-600-2844. In advance $25, day of tour $30.

The Historic Hyattsville House Tour highlights several homes of historical and architectural interest. Tour starts at Hyattsville’s Municipal Building, 4310 Gallatin St. May 21, 1-5 p.m. 301-699-5440. In advance $10, day of tour $15. Cash or check only.

The Shepherd Park Garden Tour spotlights gardens in the Shepherd Park, Colonial Village and North Portal Estates neighborhoods of Northwest Washington, May 21, 2-5 p.m. $15, Shepherd Park Citizens Association members $7.


This year’s Secret Garden Tour will take visitors through a variety of private gardens in the historic district of Annapolis. June 3-4, noon-5 p.m. In advance $30, day of tour $35. Proceeds benefit the Hammond-Harwood House.