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Guide to House and Garden Tours

As the weather warms, gardeners are tending to rose beds, and homeowners are dusting under beds in a fit of spring cleaning. Why not enjoy the fruits of their labor with a home-and-garden tour? Here’s a guide to a few this week and weekend:

Clifton Community Woman’s Club Homes Tour. Affectionately known by townspeople as the “Brigadoon of Virginia,” the village of Clifton shows off renovations of a few of its historic homes as well as artwork and antiques from around the world. Browse an artist’s show, silent auction, and two boutiques. Thursday, May 17, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Tickets $25.

Georgetown Garden Treasures: Tudor Place and Dumbarton Oaks. Take a guided tour through two of Washington’s most historic gardens from women in the know—Gail Griffin, director of gardens and grounds at Dumbarton Oaks, and Mary K. Crow, horticulturist at Tudor Place. Saturday, May 19, 11 am. Tickets $12. Registration, available online, is required.

Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage. Features nine stops in Anne Arundel County, including homes on the National Register of Historic Places and one where George Washington frequently visited a friend. Saturday, May 19, 10 am to 5 pm. Tickets $25.

Frederick's Beyond the Garden Gates. Get ready for green-thumb inspiration when you stroll through seven private and three public gardens, from a certified wildlife habitat to an original “postage stamp” garden. Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, 1 to 5 pm. Tickets $15.

Historic Hyattsville House Tour. Take a peek at how homeowners merge life in an historic home—from art-deco to Queen Anne-style Victorian—with the comforts of 2007. Sunday, May 20, 1 to 5 pm. Tickets $12, $10 in advance.