Every spring Virginia’s Historic Garden Week showcases more than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful homes and gardens across the Commonwealth, making the event go down in history as “America’s Largest Open House.” This 8 day statewide event originally started in 1929 as a way to preserve our state’s historic public gardens in locations like Monticello, Mount Vernon, Bacon’s Castle, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and the State Arboretum in Winchester. Since then, the Garden Club of Virginia has expanded from its original 8 clubs to 47, with over 3,300 members! These members, along with over 200 private homeowners in Virginia, are what make this celebration of vitally sophisticated, scenic gardens possible.
“The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson,
With sights and information for both gardening and history-lovers, as well us great interactive experiences for kids, Historic Garden Week has something for everyone to enjoy. All tour proceeds go towards funding of the restoration and preservation of more than 40 of Virginia’s historic public gardens and landscapes, a research fellowship program and a centennial project with Virginia State Parks. So as you peruse the flora and scenic homes, breath easy knowing that the beautiful scents and sights you’re enjoying also help contribute to a greater cause.
Starting on the 22nd of April and continuing until the following Saturday, the 29th, visitors and Virginia natives alike will be able to tour the best homes and Gardens in the state, accumulating nearly 26,000 people in the process. Interested in joining that crowd? Click here for full details about the event.