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80th Annual Historic Garden Week Tour

Eight local homes and gardens will open as part of statewide fundraiser.

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Tickets may be purchased in advance for $35 at www.VAGardenweek.org and at the Alexandria Visitors Center (221 King Street). On the date of the tour, they may be purchased for $40 at any house on the tour or at the Alexandria Visitor's Center. The Alexandria tour will be held on its scheduled day, rain or shine. Houses on the tour include: 224 North Fairfax Street, 222 North Royal Street, 217 North St. Asaph Street, 308 North Columbus Street, 202 North Columbus Street, 511 Cameron Street (garden only), 607 Oronoco Street (garden only) and 609 Oronoco Street (garden only).

Parking meter passes for out-of-town visitors are available at Alexandria Visitor's Center-The Ramsey House (221 King Street). Street parking on residential streets is not recommended. Pay parking lots and garages located in Old Town include:

  • Cameron Street at North Saint Asaph Street, Cameron Street at North Pitt Street,

  • South Pitt Street, between Prince and King Streets, North Fairfax Street at King Street,

  • North Lee Street at King Street, and South Union Street between Prince and Duke Streets.

Owners of eight Old Town Alexandria's private homes and gardens will open their doors to the public, as part of the 80th Historic Garden Week, the oldest and largest house and garden tour in the nation on April 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour covers the northern portion of Old Town and includes houses dating as far back as 1795, all within walking distance of each other. The homes will feature flower arrangements created by the members of the Garden Club of Alexandria and The Hunting Creek Garden Club, which are sponsoring the tour. All benefits go to the restoration of historic gardens and landmarks in Virginia.

Other places of interest included free of charge with the Historic Garden Week ticket on April 20 are: The Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden, Carlyle House Historic Park, River Farm, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, Gunston Hall Plantation, and Ivy Hill Cemetery. Light refreshments will be available at Lloyd House (220 North Washington Street) from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the day of the tour.

Every year, more than 3,300 garden club members work to produce the tours during the last full week of April. All of Home Garden Week’s tour proceeds go to the 41 active restorations, including the Executive Mansion on Capitol Square in Richmond, James Madison’s Montpelier, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest in Lynchburg, and Mount Vernon.

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A small fountain splashes amid a collection of fern, lavender, toad lily and liriope.

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Daffodils bask in the sunlight as a hydrangea emerges from winter

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A whimsical wind chime adorns a tree in a small walled garden.

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White camellias begin to bloom by a patio border.

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A classical urn holds a small fern in a quiet alleyway.

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Light refreshments will be served at Lloyd House at 220 North Washington St. on the day of the tour. Lloyd House, built by John West in 1797, exemplifies late 18th century Georgian architecture in Alexandria.

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A quiet, shady garden is enclosed by a serpentine wall. Hollies, crepe myrtle, Indian hawthorn, and Emerald Gaiety euonymus provide the foundation for the predominantly white palette featuring hellebores, daffodils, muscari and hosta.

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Sunlight bathes the front parlor of an early 20th century Victorian home.