Each spring, visitors step through the gates of more than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House”.
In April 2011, the Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week will celebrate 78 years of preserving Virginia’s heritage. The 2011 tour in Charlottesville and Albemarle County is presented by: the Albemarle Garden Club, the Rivanna Garden Club and the Charlottesville Garden Club.
This year’s tour will include the Farmington Country Club and some of its neighborhood’s private homes and gardens, as well as the Morven Estate, the Pavilions on the lawn at The University of Virginia, and Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson. Events throughout the tour will include house and garden tours, lectures, an exhibit interpreting art through flowers, and panel discussions.
For those interested in horticulture, there will be formal gardens, walled gardens, cottage gardens, cutting gardens, annual and perennial gardens, herb gardens, water gardens, and even secret gardens. Visitors interested in architecture and interior decorating will see beautifully renovated historic properties as well as stunning contemporary residences, exceptional artwork, and some of the country’s best collections of glass, china, and American, European and Asian antiques. Many houses have interesting family histories intertwined with the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and the Victorian era. Historic Garden Week is the oldest and largest statewide house and garden tour event in the nation.
Sponsored by The Garden Club of Virginia, tours benefit the restoration of important historic grounds and gardens throughout the state. Each event offers an engaging variety of five to six local houses and gardens, most open to the public for the first time for Garden Week.
Please see our website for event locations and times.