Garden Events Sprout throughout Alexandria, VA March 14, 2011

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Claire Mouledoux, CMouledoux@VisitAlexVA.com, 703-746-3309
Merrie Morris, MMorris@VisitAlexVA.com, 703-746-3306

 

Garden Events Sprout throughout Alexandria, VA

April 16, 2011 Festivities Highlight the Spring Season

Tours of historic homes and gardens plus plant sales and expert advice

ALEXANDRIA, VA (April 1, 2011) - Visitors will revel in the splendor of spring with a colorful variety of garden events throughout Alexandria, VA. The season's cornerstone garden event is the annual Historic Alexandria House and Garden Tour which invites the public to saunter through Old Town's walled gardens, intimate courtyards, and stately historic homes. Elsewhere in town, green thumbs and plant lovers will stock up on greenery, flowers, and other garden goods at special sales at Carlyle House, River Farm, and Mount Vernon: George Washington's Estate & Gardens. Visitors are invited to tour these properties and talk to gardening experts. Hands-on activities for kids at Carlyle House and educational tours at Mount Vernon will get the whole family into the fun.

Find these garden events and more springtime fun at www.visitalexandriava.com/.

 

78th Annual Historic Alexandria House and Garden Tour

When               Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Refreshments 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where              Old Town Alexandria, VA 22314

Admission       Self-guided tour of six homes and refreshments $35 in advance, $40 day of tour. Single house or garden admission $20

Information      VAGardenWeek.org; 703-746-3301

Six of Old Town Alexandria's finest historic homes and gardens are open to the public in this highlight of Alexandria's glorious spring season. The tour is part of the 78th Annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia, the oldest and largest house and garden tour in the nation.

The six houses represent some of the finest and earliest structures in the Old Town district, with the houses built between 1796 and 1856. A fine example of a Georgian home built in 1800 and later occupied by Hugo Black, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, has expansive grounds, including a 19th-century guesthouse and boxwood-rimmed rose garden. The interior of the home built in 1796 has been restored to that period and features carved wooden fireplace mantels and faux wood painting by a fifth-generation artisan who restored the wood graining at George Washington's Mount Vernon.

Tickets may be purchased on the tour day at any of the houses on the tour and at the Alexandria Visitor's Center. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.VAGardenweek.org and at the Alexandria Visitor's Center (221 King Street). Ticket price is $35 in advance and $40 the day of the tour. Single house or garden admission is $20.



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Friends of Carlyle House Annual Herb Sale

Plus hands-on activities for kids

When               Saturday, April 16, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where              Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Admission       No admission required to shop plant sale or to take part in kids' activities. Admission charged for house tour: Ages 13 and over, $5; ages 5-12, $3; ages 4 and under, free. (Admission for house tour is included in $40 ticket for Historic Alexandria House and Garden Tour)

Information      CarlyleHouse.org; 703-549-2997

Herbs and perennials from the gardens and greenhouses of George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate are on sale as well as a variety of local jewelry, home goods, and crafts for sale by local artisans and merchants. Sales of herbs and plants raise money to support the preservation of Carlyle House. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer horticultural questions. While at the sale, be sure to check out the hands-on activities for kids and take a tour of Alexandria's oldest home, the Carlyle House.

 

Spring Garden Market at River Farm

When               Friday, April 15, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where              River Farm, 7931 East Boulevard Drive, Alexandria, VA 22308

Admission       Free admission; $3 public parking

Information      AHS.org; 703-768-5700

The American Horticultural Society (AHS) presents the Spring Garden Market at its River Farm headquarters. More than 20 vendors from throughout the mid-Atlantic region are on hand selling a wide variety of plants, including natives, perennials, shrubs, herbs, vegetables, annuals and roses, as well as garden supplies and unique garden art. Master Gardeners have a booth onsite to answer gardening questions.

 

Spring Plant Sale at Mount Vernon: George Washington's Estate & Gardens

When               Saturday, April 9, to Saturday, May 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where              Mount Vernon: George Washington's Estate & Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22309

Admission       No admission required to shop plant sale

Information      MountVernon.org; 703-780-2000

This once-a-year sale features a collection of gardening tools, gadgets, books, seeds, plants, pots, hats, gloves, and more. Also included in this sale are plants and herbs grown at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate.

 

Garden and Landscape Tours at Mount Vernon: George Washington's Estate & Gardens

When               April 1-October 31, 11 a.m. daily

Where              Mount Vernon: George Washington's Estate & Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22309

Admission       Included in regular Estate admission: adults, $15; children ages 6-11, $7; children under 5 are admitted free. (Admission included in $40 ticket for Alexandria House and Garden Tour)

Information      MountVernon.org; 703-780-2000

This 30-minute guided walking tour examines George Washington's brilliant design for the grounds around his Mount Vernon estate. Visit the gardens he created, see some of the original trees, and learn how he merged areas for work and leisure to create a master plan for his beloved home.

 

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