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2014 Garden Tours in the Washington DC Area

Explore Gardens and Historic Homes and Enjoy the Beauty of the Season

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Several garden tours are offered in the Washington DC area that highlight the beauty of the season and allow visitors to explore lusciously landscaped gardens and impeccably decorated historic homes. These tours are special events that are held annually in DC, Maryland and Virginia. For additional places to enjoy flowers, shrubs and trees, see Gardens in the Washington DC Capital Region

1. Virginia Garden Week

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April 26-May 3, 2014. Each spring, people who are passionate about gardens and history can take a rare opportunity to step inside some of Virginia’s most prestigious private homes and public attractions to tour their fabulous gardens. Tours showcase formal gardens, walled gardens, cottage gardens, cutting gardens, annual and perennial gardens, herb gardens, water gardens, and even secret gardens. Each tour features four to seven sites. The Historic Alexandria House and Garden Tour is a part of Virginia Garden Week and the closest destination to Washington DC.

2. White House Garden Tours

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April 26-27, 2014. Held in Spring and Fall (usually April and October). Visitors are invited to explore the grounds of the White House. View the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, Children's Garden and the South Lawn.

3. Takoma Park House and Garden Tour

May 4, 2014. Each year a Takoma neighborhood opens its homes and Gardens to the community. Victorian to modern homes and everything in between.

4. Georgetown Garden Tour

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May 10, 2014. The annual event, sponsored by the Georgetown Garden Club, features many of Georgetown’s most spectacular gardens. The tour includes an afternoon tea and gardening items are for sale.

5. Georgetown Garden Treasures

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Various Dates in May. Each spring, Tudor Place and Dumbarton Oaks offer a tour of Washington’s most celebrated landscapes. From roses to hay bales to tea houses, learn how these storied landscapes have evolved aesthetically and functionally since the 1800s and understand the challenges surrounding their preservation today.

6. Capitol Hill Restoration Society House and Garden Tour

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May 10-11, 2014. The annual event is held each Mother's Day weekend and features a tour of homes, gardens and other structures on Capitol Hill. The garden tour has been held each year since 1958.

7. Del Ray House & Garden Tour

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May 10, 2014. The Del Ray Citizens Association sponsors the annual tour as a fundraiser for neighborhood projects and the Alexandria Scholarship Fund. Ten homes are featured and the event offers a great opportunity to check out the work of local architects and builders to get home improvement ideas.

8. Beyond the Garden Gates Garden Tour

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May 17-18, 2014. Enjoly a self-guided tour featuring twelve gardens, including both private homes and public spaces, in Historic Frederick, Maryland.  This is a great way to get inspired to beautify your own garden and enjoy a tour of some spectacular properties in the capital region.

9. Shepherd Park Garden Tour

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May 18, 2014. The self-guided tour features seven gardens including a rain garden and a sculpture garden in the neighborhoods of Shepherd Park, Colonial Village, and North Portal Estates. The event features a variety of gardens ranging from the city garden to the palatial estate. The Shepherd Park Community Association uses the funds raised from the tours to beautify public green spaces throughout the community.

10. Brookland House and Garden Tour

June 8, 2014.The annual Greater Brookland Garden Club's House and Garden tour explores more than 10 different Brookland houses, highlighting the diverse architectural styles in the neighborhood.

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