Celebrate Spring With House and Garden Tours

Washington’s house and garden tour circuit continues in May. Here are a few worth checking out this month.

By: Mary Clare Glover

Mount Vernon welcomes warm weather with its Spring Garden Party this weekend. In honor of Mother’s Day, "Martha Washington" will be on hand to greet visitors. Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11, 8 AM to 5 PM.
 
Clifton shows off five of its historic homes during the Clifton Charity Homes Tour on Thursday, May 15 . A marketplace May 14 and 15 showcases work by local artists and pieces from boutiques. Tickets to the tour (9:30 to 3:30) are $25, $20 in advance. Admission to the marketplace is free.

During Georgetown Garden Treasures: Tudor Place and Dumbarton Oaks,  two experts—Gail Griffin, director of gardens and grounds at Dumbarton Oaks, and Mary K. Crow, horticulturist at Tudor Place—lead a guided tour through two of Washington’s most stunning gardens. Saturday, May 17, 11 AM. Tickets $12.

Frederick Beyond the Garden Gates gives gardening enthusiasts the chance to peek into the backyards of seven of Frederick’s most beautiful homes. Local artists will be painting in some gardens. Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18, 1 to 5 PM. Tickets are $15.

During this year’s Historic Hyattsville House Tour, visitors can drop in a Sear’s Bungalow, a Queen-Anne style Victorian, and a 1950s automobile showroom that’s been converted into a community arts center. Sunday, May 18, 1 to 5 PM. $12, $10 in advance.

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