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America’s Largest Open House is Virginia’s Oldest Volunteer Tourism Project.
Presented by the Garden Club of Virginia, Historic Garden Week encompasses 28 tours organized and hosted by member clubs. For nearly 90 years, the nation’s only statewide house and garden tour has contributed to our state and regional economies. The economic impact of Historic Garden Week over the last 50 years is estimated to be over $518 million.

Starting in 1929, the Garden Club of Virginia made it their most important work to preserve our state’s historic public gardens. From Monticello, Beatrix Farrand’s Green Springs Garden, Bacon’s Castle, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, to the State Arboretum in Winchester, to name just a few – a full diversity of gardens is represented in our projects.

Since 1920 the Garden Club of Virginia has grown from eight founding clubs to 48 clubs with over 3,500 members. It is the coordinated efforts of these talented volunteers, along with the generosity of nearly 150 private home owners across our Commonwealth, who make Historic Garden Week possible. The Garden Club of Virginia’s horticultural programming and flower shows inspire one of Historic Garden Week’s greatest attractions, the world-class floral arrangements created by club members featured on tours. We estimate over 2,300 will be created especially for Historic Garden Week this spring.

Think about what Virginia would look like if it weren’t for this annual event. Read about and plan your visit to the public gardens benefitting from Historic Garden Week. Additionally, in a continuing effort to build a comprehensive record of historic gardens in Virginia, the GCV offers annual research fellowships for landscape architecture students working toward a MLA or equivalent.

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