Six of Loudoun County’s historic homes and gardens will be open for public tours as part this year’s Historic Garden Week in Virginia, April 23-24.
The Leesburg Garden Club and the Fauquier Loudoun Garden Club this year are putting the spotlight on “Gardens Along the Potomac.” Visitors can tour Morven Park, Murray Hill, Oatlands, River Farm, Riverside on the Potomac and Rockland.
Statewide, the event annually draws more than 26,000 visitors to tour homes and gardens across Virginia. This year there will be 30 tours organized and hosted by 47 garden clubs. Nearly 250 private homes, gardens and historical sites will be open.
Headquarters of the Loudoun County tour will be Morven Park, a 1,000-acre historic estate and equestrian center on Leesburg’s northern edge. Once the home of former governor of Virginia, Westmoreland Davis, the iconic, pillared mansion will be open for public tours. Morven Park’s formal boxwood gardens were carefully designed and planted in the 1920s by Gov. Davis’s wife Marguerite, who was a member of the Leesburg Garden Club 100 years ago. Morven Park will open its Winmill Carriage Museum on Sunday.
Oatlands Plantation will also open its gardens, portions of which were recently restored with a grant from the Garden Club of Virginia. The home is open for tours for an additional fee.
The private properties on the tour—Rockland, Murray Hill, River Farm and Riverside on the Potomac—feature historic homes and significant gardens.
Most of the properties have earned Virginia Historic Landmark designation and/or are listed on the National Register for Historic Places.
Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic gardens; provide graduate-level research fellowships for building comprehensive and ongoing records of Virginia’s historic gardens and landscapes; and support the mission of the Garden Club of Virginia.
Tickets can be purchased online for $35 in advance or $45 on the day of the tour. Individual home tickets are also available at each of the homes for $20.
For more information about Historic Garden Week in Loudoun County, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-975-5815.