“American’s Largest Open House” is at it again: Virginia’s Historic Garden Week, the state’s oldest volunteer tourism project and the country’s sole home and garden tour, is returning to Hampton Roads.
Every spring, visitors are invited to tour over 250 of Virginia’s most exquisite homes, gardens and historic landmarks during the statewide event at the peak of VA’s springtime color. Private residents open their doors across the Commonwealth, welcoming thousands of visitors into their living spaces and beyond their garden gates to enjoy floral design and discuss landscape maintenance.
While the participating homeowners are responsible for the presentation of exterior gardens, their home showrooms are staged by flower arrangements (over 2,300 in total) created by Garden Club of Virginia members. More than 40 of Virginia’s historic public gardens and landscapes are funded by proceeds from the tour. Last year alone, the local, one-day tour through seaside homes at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront raised over $60,000—proceeds returned to the state to support state parks, restore public gardens, and award fellowships to students with a passion for conservation and landscape architecture.
Coastal Virginia will feature five of the 29 tours taking place over the 8-day showcase, so residents and tourists of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Suffolk, Williamsburg, and Hampton-Newport News are encouraged to explore the many homes and gardens on exhibit. If you’re interested in joining the throng to support Historic Garden Week, then check out our list below outlining five local garden tours taking place between the event kickoff on April 21st and its conclusion on the 28th!
Virginia Beach Garden Tour | Wednesday, April 25t, 10 Am to 5:30 PM
Visit seven beautiful homes and gardens in VB’s Great Neck Point, ranging from 18th century beauties to more contemporary models.
Admission is $30 in advance, $40 at the door and $55 for a two-day combo ticket for Virginia Beach and Norfolk tours.
Norfolk Garden Tour | Thursday, April 26, 10 m to 5 PM
Explore the lovely Hermitage Museum and Gardens, the centerpiece of the tour in Norfolk’s scenic Lochhaven neighborhood. Co-hosted by The Garden Club of Norfolk.
Admission is $30 in advance, $40 at the door, $55 for a two-day combo ticket for Virginia Beach and Norfolk tours and $85 for a three-day combo ticket for Williamsburg, Hampton Newport-news and Norfolk tours.
Suffolk Garden Tour | Saturday, April 21, 10 AM to 5 PM
Enjoy exclusive access to the small-town, waterfront village of Esclipse, where private local home gardens, cottages and churches will be open to visitors.
Admission is $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
Hampton-Newport News Garden Tour | Wednesday, April 25, 10 AM to 5 PM
The Hampton Roads Garden Club and The Huntington Garden Club will present a historic landmark as well as a collection of private properties.
Admission is $30 in advance, $40 at the door and $85 for a three-day combo ticket for Williamsburg, Hampton-Newport News and Norfolk tours.
Williamsburg Garden Tour | Tuesday, April 24, 10 AM to 5 PM
Tour an immaculate mix of old gardens and modern-day residences, and enjoy a luncheon hosted by the Two Rivers Country Club at Governor’s Land.
Admission is $40 in advance, $50 at the door and $85 for a three-day combo ticket for Williamsburg, Hampton-Newport News and Norfolk tours!