The Leesburg Garden Club, the Fauquier and Loudoun Garden Club and the Garden Club of Virginia present ‘America’s Largest Open House.’ Historic Garden Week is coming to Leesburg, VA!

Maryland may own the Potomac River but its neighbor, Virginia, is home to a collection of some of early America’s finest multi-generational homes whose views rest squarely on the ripple of its waters. Join the Leesburg Garden Club and the Garden Club of Virginia on April 23-24 to see what the view is like from Virginia’s side of the river. Four magnificent, privately-owned homes along the river bank open their front doors and garden gates to delight visitors from all over the east coast for a home and garden tour as part of Historic Garden Week.

There is a family connection between two of the homes, Rockland and Murray Hill. We invite you to come and discover the tie that binds them. In 2017, commuters clamor for a bridge crossing of the Potomac River, while a farmer in the mid-1700’s operated a ferry crossing and lived at Clapham’s Ferry, now Riverside on the Potomac. A fourth property is a spectacular, Craftsman-styled family home, River Farm. Within sight of the house, the owners have been monitoring a Bald Eagle nest and the rearing of three eaglets.  Two of the homes include additional restored barns open for tour. All of the homes are possessed of alluring gardens that have been nurtured from their Colonial starts or have been tenderly cared for in more modern times.   

Headquarters of the tour is Morven Park, the home of the former governor of Virginia, Westmoreland Davis. The splendid home is open for tour, but it’s the gardens and bucolic landscape that have the pull of a full moon. At the other end of the tour, six miles south of Leesburg, is the exceptional four-acre walled garden at Oatlands Plantation. The Garden Club of Virginia granted funding for the restoration of portions of the garden. The home was built in 1804 by George Carter and purchased in 1903 by William Corcoran and Edith Eustis. While much of the garden was established during the Carter years, it is restored to the standards of Edith Eustis’s time.  The home is open for tour also (additional fee).   

The Gardens Along the Potomac tour is a grand place to start Historic Garden Week! Enjoy all the homes and estates and imagine a life along this important waterway. Most of the properties have earned Virginia Historic Landmark designation and are listed on the National Register for Historic Places.

Concurrent with the tour, the Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival rolls out the green carpet on Saturday, April 22 to Sunday, April 23 in the historic downtown area of Leesburg, VA. All around the town you will find many great eateries at a variety of price points. Loudoun County is quickly becoming the heartbeat of the Virginia Wine and Craft Brewing industry.  Day and night there is so much to see and do in the area.

Each spring, visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during Historic Garden Week –”America’s Largest Open House.” This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members.

Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic gardens, and provide graduate level research fellowships for building comprehensive and ongoing records of historic gardens and landscapes in the Commonwealth, and support the mission of the Garden Club of Virginia

Scrumptious box lunches are available for Monday. They must be ordered by April 17 by contacting Susan Honig Rogers shonigrog@aol.com. And can be picked up at Morven Park.

Purchase tickets securely online through vagardenweek.org.

$35 in advance / $45 the day of / $20 individual home/tickets are also available at each of the homes. For more information about this tour, please contact Leesburg@vagardenweek.org or call 703-975-5815.