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Washington in Full Bloom
The adage says that April showers bring May flowers, but this month is when Washington’s gardens overflow with blossoms. Whether you want to tour historic gardens for ideas or buy flowers to brighten your home, opportunities abound.
During Virginia’s Historic Garden Week, April 18 to 25, more than 250 private homes and historic landmarks open their doors—and yards—to the public. Visitors can tour everything from boxwood mazes to water gardens in rural, urban, and suburban settings. Nearby sites include Fredericksburg and Warrenton.
Georgetown is one of Washington’s oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods, and on April 25 Washingtonians have the rare chance to peek inside eight of its historic homes during the Georgetown House Tour. Visitors will see features like high ceilings, large windows, third-floor cupolas, and pocket gardens out back. April 25 from 11 to 5. $45; $40 advance.
On weekends April 25 through May 17, the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage puts on display more than 50 homes and gardens throughout Maryland—including St. Mary’s, Queen Anne’s, Harford, Baltimore, and Anne Arundel counties. You can step inside an 11,000 square foot Telluride-like lodge in Baltimore county’s Western Run Valley, a renovated Georgian house overlooking the St. Mary’s River, and an estate that dates to the 1790s near Baltimore. Each county has its own schedule, available here.
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