The Best Garden Tours in Washington D.C.

See the Beauty of the Spring Season on Display

There are a number of spectacular Gardens in the Washington D.C. Region that allow visitors to explore lusciously landscaped gardens and impeccably decorated historic homes. These tours are special events that are held annually in the District, Maryland and Virginia. 

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    A must do if you are visiting Washington D.C. is a trip to the White House, and as a special treat, garden tours are held as a yearly spring event, usually in mid-April.

    Visitors are invited to explore the incredible grounds of the White House. Tour-goers will have the chance to view the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, the Children's Garden, the South Lawn, and more. 

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    Photo © Kelly J Mihalcoe/Virginia Tourism Corporation

    Not just for garden lovers, but also history buffs, Virginia Garden Week provides a rare opportunity to step inside some of Virginia’s most prestigious private homes to tour their fabulous gardens.

    Each tour features four to seven sites and showcases a wide range of garden types including formal gardens, walled gardens, cottage gardens, cutting gardens, annual and perennial gardens, herb gardens, water gardens, and even secret gardens.

    The Historic Alexandria House and Garden Tour is the closest option for Washington D.C. residents.

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    Takoma Park House and Garden Tour
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    Each spring, a different neighborhood in Takoma Park, Maryland celebrates the season by hosting a self-guided walking tour.

    Get a glimpse of stately Victorian homes as well as opulent modern dwellings, and everything in between during the tour. Takoma Park is a beautiful suburban community that spans through the District of Columbia and Montgomery County in Maryland.

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    Georgetown Garden Tour
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    The annual event, sponsored by the Georgetown Garden Club, features many of Georgetown’s most spectacular gardens. The tour includes an afternoon tea and gardening items are also on sale.

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    Dogwoods are lit with simple white, fragrant flowers in the early spring.
    Angela England

    The Del Ray Citizens Association sponsors the annual Del Ray House and Garden Tour as a fundraiser for neighborhood projects and the Alexandria Scholarship Fund. Ten homes are featured and the event offers a great opportunity to check out the work of local architects and builders.

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    Held during Mother's Day weekend, this tour includes a look at the homes, gardens and other structures on Capitol Hill. The garden tour has been held each year since 1958.

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    Photo courtesy of Bill Adkins

    Enjoy a self-guided tour featuring twelve gardens, including both private homes and public spaces, in Historic Frederick, Maryland.  This is a great way to get inspired to beautify your own garden and enjoy a tour of some spectacular properties in the capital region.

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    Shepherd Park Garden
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    The self-guided tour features seven gardens including a unique rain garden, as well as a sculpture garden in the neighborhoods of Shepherd Park, Colonial Village, and North Portal Estates.

    The Shepherd Park Community Association uses the funds raised from the tours to beautify public green spaces throughout the community.

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    David Beaulieu

    The annual Greater Brookland Garden House and Garden tour explore more than 10 different Brookland houses, highlighting the diverse architectural styles in the neighborhood.