You know spring has arrived when Historic Garden Week begins in Virginia. Each spring, more than 250 of Virginia's gardens, homes and historic landmarks welcome visitors to the beauty of Virginia during Historic Garden Week.
Historic Garden Week 2014 will be celebrated in Virginia April 26 - May 3, 2014. Visiting properties during Garden Week is a great way to get ideas to use in your own home or garden.
This popular event features tours of beautiful homes and gardens across the state of Virginia, open to the public for a fee. Advance tickets can be purchased at various sites and individual tickets can also be purchased.
Many cities participating in Historic Garden Week offer shuttle service between the properties. In addition to private homes and gardens, many public Virginia gardens will be open to the public during Garden Week.
Garden Day tours will be held in numerous locations including Richmond, the Hampton Roads area, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Charlottesville and various locations in Northern Virginia.
The official website, www.vagardenweek.org, is difficult to access during Garden Week due to the heavy amount of traffic on the site. Visit your local tourism office to pick up a free guidebook for Garden Week or check the listing below to find Garden Day in your community.
Saturday, April 26 Garden Day tours will be held in Ashland - Western Hanover, Clarke County - Winchester, Franklin - Courtland, Eastern Shore, Orange County, Old Town Alexandria, Portsmouth and Morven, Charlottesville.
Sunday, April 27 Garden Day tours will be held in Albemarle - Charlottesville, Chatham, Clarke County - Winchester, Middleburg and Westover Plantation - Charles City.
Monday, April 28 Garden Day tours will be held in Albemarle - Charlottesville, Middleburg and Westover Plantation - Charles City.
Tuesday, April 29 Garden Day tours will be held in Fairfax County, Fredericksburg, Lynchburg, Petersburg - Walnut Hill, Williamsburg, Westover Plantation - Charles City and at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Wednesday, April 30 Garden Day tours will be held in Newport News - Hampton: Yorktown, Harrisonburg, Martinsville, Northern Neck - Richmond County, Richmond: Historic Byrd Park and Maymont and Virginia Beach.
Thursday, May 1 Garden Day tours will be held in Danville, Norfolk, Richmond - Glenbrooke Hills and Tuckahoe Plantation - Goochland County.
Friday, May 2 Garden Day tours will be held in Middle Peninsula and Richmond - Hampton Gardens.
Saturday, May 3 Garden Day tours will be held in Boydton, Gloucester, Lexington, Roanoke and Staunton - Waynesboro and Stuarts Draft.
Interior photography or sketching is prohibited. Some homes also prohibit exterior photography, so please check before taking photos at any locations.
Strollers, backpacks and large bags are not permitted inside homes and there are no public restroom facilities in the homes. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Here are some photos to enjoy from Historic Garden Day 2013 in Lynchburg.