Garden Variety in Northern Virginia

George Washington once directed his gardener to “make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere!” Untroubled by latter-day “weed” controversy, the first president cultivated this crop along with veggies, fruits and flowers. Virginia’s 80th Historic Garden Week, April 20 through 27, opens 200 private properties to benefit the restoration of public gardens like those at Mount Vernon and Oatlands. In Old Town Alexandria April 20, visitors tour eight oases brimming with dogwood and daffodils. Tickets ($40, $35 in advance) include admission to Mount Vernon, Lee-Fendall House and the Carlyle House 18th-century period garden. In horse country April 22, time-capsule village Waterford showcases six residences plus its Greek Revival Old School ($35, $30 in advance).


Brooke Sabin