Every April, visitors are welcomed to more than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” Historic Garden Week provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with fabulous flower arrangements.
Williamsburg Near West End Gillman Garden Ice House
The Williamsburg Garden Club will host Historic Garden Week in Virginia on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tours benefit the restoration of historic gardens and landscapes in Virginia. This year’s tour will focus on Williamsburg’s 150th Commemoration of the Civil War with a special emphasis placed on contemporary neighborhoods west of the William & Mary campus.
- Bassett Hall – Former home of John D. Rockefeller Family
- Coke-Garrett House – Served as Colonial Williamsburg President’s residence until 2009
- Palmer House – Confederate Headquarters for General Magruder during the Battle of Williamsburg and headquarters for General McClellan and Federal Provost Marshall during the occupation
- William & Mary President’s Home
- Wren Building
- Brafferton Hall & Escorted Walking Tour of campus gardens, art and Civil War History
- Bruton Parish Church and Churchyard with emphasis on Civil War History
- Hertzler/George Garden featured in Better Homes & Gardens Magazine
- Gillman Home and garden
- Joseph Steele III Home and garden
Advance tickets are $25 per person, full admission. Tickets purchased on tour day are $30 per person for full admission or $15 per person for single site admission. Box lunches will be served by advance reservation only.
Advance ticket sales begin January 2012. At that time, Statewide Passes and individual tour tickets will be available online. Individual tour tickets will also be available at local outlets. Details, ticket locations and pricing for individual tours will be available on the website in early October 2011 and in the Guidebook.
If you plan to visit several tours throughout the state, consider a Statewide Pass for $175 per person or $300 for two. Contact the HGW Director at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Advance Statewide Passes and tickets purchased online require credit card.
Advance tickets purchased at local outlets require cash or check, payable to Historic Garden Week. No credit cards and no refunds on advance tickets purchased locally.
Tickets may be purchased at any of the houses or gardens on tour the day of the event. Tour prices vary by location and range from $15 to $40 per tour.
Single-day admission tickets (some tours are multiple day tours) and single property admission is frequently available. Check specific tour information available here.
Tours occur rain or shine.