Spring is a wonderful time to visit Virginia, and this year there’s another enticement. Historic Garden Week is celebrating its 80th year with a slew of celebratory events. Called “America’s Largest Open House” and named on of the “10 Great Flower Shows” by The USA Today, the annual event—held from April 20-27 in 2013—invites visitors into more than 250 of the state’s finest private homes and gardens, many of which are usually closed to the public. The Garden Club of Virginia creates more than 2,000 flower arrangements to decorate the houses.
Here’s the low-down on a few of the special activities: the owners of Tuckahoe Plantation, Thomas Jefferson’s boyhood home, will give lectures on the architectural and landscape history of the plantation; while Colonial Williamsburg and Monticello are presenting special tours. Tickets can be purchased in advance online, or at any Tour stop. 100% of proceeds go to fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia's historic gardens. For more information, visit www.vagardenweek.org.
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