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 and the personal anecdotes from the docents makes each home/garden tour come to life.
Virginia's Historic Garden Week is the oldest and largest statewide house and garden tour event in the nation. 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 during Garden Week.
For more information about locations and dates of specific tours, go to www.vagardenweek.org.
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