Correction: A listing in column gives an incorrect date for the Brookland House and Garden tour in Northeast Washington. It is scheduled for June 5, not May 5. For more information, call 202-636-2408 or visit www.gbgc.org. The listing also gave an incorrect date for one of two garden tours being hosted by Washington National Cathedral’s Olmsted Woods Walks. The tour is scheduled for May 18, not May 17. For more information, call 202-537-2319 or visit www.allhallowsguild.org. This version has been corrected.
This spring, homes and gardens across the region are opening their doors for tours. Here is a selection of what’s happening over the next six weeks.
During Historic Garden Week in Virginia, more than 250 gardens, homes and landmarks across the state are open to the public. Through . 804-644-7776. www.vagardenweek.org. $15-$40.
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens offers docent-led garden tours with the price of admission. Tuesday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Through June 12. 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. www.hillwoodmuseum.org. $15, seniors $12, college students $10, age 18 and younger $5, age 6 and younger free.
This year, Washington National Cathedral’s Olmsted Woods Walks will host two garden tours with guest speakers Annette Lasley, a wildflower specialist, and cathedral horticultural manager Deanne Eversmeyer. April 28 and May 18 at 10 a.m. Participants should meet at the George Washington statue on Pilgrim Road, on the south side of the cathedral. Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues NW. 202-537-2319. www.allhallowsguild.org.Free.
The Georgetown House Tour 2011 features up to a dozen of the neighborhood’s homes and accompanying gardens. April 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets include admission to a Parish Tea in Blake Hall at St. John’s Church, 3240 O St. NW. 202-338-1796. www.georgetownhousetour.com. $50 through April 22, $55 after.
The theme of this year’s self-guided Takoma Park House and Garden Tour is “Origins: Early Takoma,” with a focus on the city’s earliest residential blocks. May 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. The tour departs from 101 Philadelphia Ave., Takoma Park. 301-270-2831. www.historictakoma.org. $15 in advance, $20 the day of the tour.
The Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage includes tours in Baltimore and in Prince George’s, Calvert, Anne Arundel and Kent counties over four weekends in May, starting May 1. 410-821-6933. www.mhgp.org. $30 per tour in advance, $35 the day of the tour.
Ten homes are part of the 11th annual Brookland House and Garden Tour, which is followed by a reception. June 5 from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are available at Petals Ribbons and Beyond, 3906 12th St. NE. 202-636-2408. www.gbgc.org. $10.
The nine gardens of the Georgetown Garden Tour are all within walking distance of one another. May 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets include admission to a tea from 2 to 4 p.m. at Christ Church, Keith Hall, 31st and O streets NW. 202-965-1950. www.georgetowngardentour.com. $30 through May 2, $35 after.
This year’s Capitol Hill Restoration Society Mother’s Day House and Garden Tour showcases more than a dozen properties and gardens in southeast Capitol Hill, including a preview of the $10 million renovation of the Old Naval Hospital into the Hill Center, a community building dedicated to education. May 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. and May 8 from 12 to 5 p.m. 202-543-0425. www.chrs.org. $25 in advance, $30 the weekend of the tour.
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The Ashton Heights 90th Anniversary House Tour includes at least 11 homes, as well as vintage cars and period actors, with an emphasis on environmentally friendly development. May 15 from 1 to 4 p.m., with a post-tour reception. Tickets will be available at the Lyon Park Community Center, 414 N. Fillmore St., Arlington, starting at noon on tour day. 703-522-7757. www.ashtonheights.org. $25, age 12 and younger $5.
The 32nd annual Historic Hyattsville House Tour celebrates the city’s 125th anniversary with a self-guided tour of nine homes, an organic flower garden, a stone church and a 19th-century manor. May 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tour begins at the Hyattsville Municipal Building, 4310 Gallatin St. 301-524-6082. www.preservehyattsville.org. $10 in advance, $12 the day of the tour.
The 39th annual Clifton Charity Homes Tour and Marketplace features four historic houses. One is a log cabin dating back to the early 1800s that serves as a tasting room for Paradise Springs Winery. May 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 703-322-1811. www.cliftoncwc.org. $10 to visit a single home; $20 for the full tour in advance, $25 the day of the tour.
The Sandy Spring Museum Garden Club’s Biennial Garden Tour includes private gardens from the Layhill and Ashton areas in Montgomery County, as well as the show garden of Silver Spring-based Garden Gate Landscaping. May 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 301-774-0022. www.sandyspringmuseum.org. $12 in advance, $15 the day of the tour. Box lunches are $7 and must be ordered before May 18.
Seven homes and three gardens in Arlington are part of the 11th annual Tuckahoe Elementary Home and Garden Tour, which benefits the outdoor classroom program Discovery Schoolyard. May 21 from noon to 5 p.m. www.tuckahoetour.org. $20 in advance, $25 the day of the tour.
The self-guided Shepherd Park Garden Tour takes visitors to seven gardens in the Northwest Washington neighborhoods of Shepherd Park, Colonial Village and North Portal Estates. May 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. The tour departs from 7800 14th St. at Kalmia Road NW. 202-829-6886. www.shepherdpark.org. $15.