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Spring blooms across Virginia during Historic Garden Week

April 28, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

The Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week returns to Virginia April 26-May 3, 2014, with 250 home and garden destinations during “America’s Largest Open House.” Virginia’s Historic Garden Week is the country’s oldest statewide house and garden tour, and offers Virginians and visitors alike a unique opportunity to experience garden tourism at its very best across the Commonwealth.

 “The itineraries provided for Virginia’s 2014 Historic Garden Week truly add a valuable travel element to the tour,” said Rita McClenny, President and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation.  “Garden Week is always a great opportunity to see beautiful homes across the state, but with the addition of the sample itineraries, a Virginia garden vacation is now a reality.”

The Garden Club of Virginia has used proceeds from this tour to fund garden restoration projects since 1929, and currently funds nearly 50 projects, including Monticello, Mount Vernon, and the State Arboretum of Virginia.  Featuring a brand new guidebook for 2014, this year’s tour gives a modern twist to a classic event.  Tour participants have access to a fold-out map in the back of the guidebook, which provides a map and sample itineraries for tours in six of Virginia’s tourism regions – Northern Virginia, Southern Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley, the Chesapeake Bay, Hampton Roads, and Central Virginia.

Itineraries are provided for the following tours:

Northern Virginia

  • Saturday, April 26: Old Town Alexandria
  • Sunday, April 27: Clarke County-Winchester
  • Monday, April 28: Middleburg
  • Tuesday, April 29: Fairfax County   

Chesapeake Bay

  • Monday, April 28: Westover Plantation in Charles City
  • Tuesday, April 29: Williamsburg
  • Wednesday, April 30: Northern Neck
  • Thursday, May 1: Norfolk
  • Friday, May 2: Middle Peninsula
  • Saturday, May 3: Gloucester

Southern Virginia

  • Wednesday, April 30: Martinsville
  • Thursday, May 1: Danville
  • Friday, May 2: at nearby Smith Mountain Lake or Lake Gaston
  • Saturday, May 3: Head west to Roanoke or east to Boydton 

Shenandoah Valley

  • Saturday, April 26: Orange County or at Morven in Charlottesville
  • Sunday, April 27: Albemarle-Charlottesville
  • Monday, April 28: Albemarle-Charlottesville
  • Tuesday, April 29: Lynchburg
  • Wednesday, April 30: Harrisonburg

Central Virginia

  • Tuesday, April 29: Start in Fredericksburg to the north or Petersburg to the south
  • Wednesday, April 30: Richmond – Historic Byrd Park Tour
  • Thursday, May 1: Glenbrooke Hills tour and Tuckahoe Plantation in Goochland County
  • Friday, May 2: Hampton Gardens Tour  

Hampton Roads

  • Saturday, April 26: The Eastern Shore, Franklin or Portsmouth
  • Wednesday, April 30: Virginia Beach or Yorktown

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