April showers will soon taper off and the warmth of May is in sight. You can shake off winter’s chill, help raise money for a local charity and get a history lesson by taking a home or garden tour in your area.
Take note: Some of the tours listed below are on foot, while others involve driving. Check the organizer’s Web site for more information .
Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage: Prince George’s County This home and garden tour will raise funds for the Prince George’s County Historical Society and an effort to create signs for the historic sites of Upper Marlboro. April 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 410-821-6933. www.mhgp.org. $30 in advance, $35 the day of the tour.
Historic Garden Week: Old Town Alexandria Co-hosted by the Hunting Creek Garden Club and the Garden Club of Alexandria, this walking tour includes homes from the late 18th and early 19th centuries on South Lee and Duke Streets. April 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 804-644-7776. www.vagardenweek.org. $35 in advance, $40 the day of the tour.
Historic Garden Week: Clarke County-Winchester This tour features four homes in Millwood and White Post. It is co-hosted by the Winchester-Clarke Garden Club and the Little Garden Club of Winchester. April 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 27, 1-5 p.m. 804-644-7776. www.vagardenweek.org. $25 in advance, $30 the day of the tour.
Historic Garden Week: Middleburg and Upperville Of the five historic properties featured on this tour, two predate the Civil War. The tour is co-hosted by the Leesburg Garden Club and the Fauquier-Loudoun Garden Club. April 27, 1-5 p.m. and April 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 804-644-7776. www.vagardenweek.org. $35 in advance, $40 the day of the tour.
Historic Garden Week: Fairfax County-Historic Vienna Hosted by the Garden Club of Fairfax, this tour covers four homes and gardens in Vienna’s oldest neighborhood, Ayr Hill, and Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. April 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 804-644-7776. www.vagardenweek.org. $25 in advance, $30 the day of the tour.
Takoma Park House and Garden Tour Takoma Park’s 41st annual tour, titled “Spirit of Holly Avenue,” will showcase homes between Eastern and Philadelphia avenues that reflect the evolution of Takoma Park from the 1880s through post-World War II. May 4, 1-5 pm. 240-393-6060. www.historictakoma.org. $18 in advance, $20 the day of the tour.
Capitol Hill House and Garden Tour The Capitol Hill Restoration Society will lead its 57th annual tour, titled “Capitol Hill, a Community of Choice, a History to Explore.” May 10, 4-7 p.m., and May 11, noon-5 p.m. 202-543-0425. www.chrs.org. $25 in advance, $30 the weekend of the tour.
Del Ray House and Garden Tour The Del Ray Citizens Association will host its biennial self-guided tour as a fundraiser for Alexandria neighborhood projects and the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria. May 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. www.delraycitizens.org. $20 until May 1, $25 after May 1.
Georgetown Garden Tour The Georgetown Garden Club’s 86th annual tour showcases gardens and lawns throughout the D.C. neighborhood. Included in the ticket price is an afternoon tea at Christ Church (2-4 p.m., 31st and O streets NW). May 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. www.georgetowngardentour.com. $30 until April 30, $35 after May 1.
Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage: Calvert County Tour proceeds will go to the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard to help revive the gardens. May 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 410-821-6933. www.mhgp.org. $30 in advance, $35 the day of the tour.
Tuckahoe Elementary Home and Garden Tour The 14th annual event is the primary annual fundraiser for Discovery Schoolyard, an outdoor classroom program. The self-guided tour will feature up to eight homes and three gardens in Arlington. May 17, noon-5 p.m. www.tuckahoetour.org. $25 in advance, $30 the day of the tour.
— Compiled by Margaret Ely