In spring, over 250 of Virginia's most beautiful homes and gardens welcome visitors from all over the U.S. Virginia's Historic Garden Week is a unique eight-day event, often called "America's Largest Open House." It allows visitors to take a peek at stunning gardens in full bloom and amazing houses featuring more than 2,300 beautiful flower arrangements created by Garden Club members.
The first Historic Garden Week took place in 1927 when the Garden Club of Virginia organized a flower show to save trees that were planted by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. Current Virginia's Historic Garden Week proceeds go to the restoration and preservation of over 40 public gardens and landscapes, as well as a Garden Club of Virginia Centennial project with Virginia State Parks. Famous local gardens include Monticello, Mount Vernon, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Bacon's Castle, and the State Arboretum in Winchester.