The Ideal Hotel for Virginia Garden Week Festivities
They call it “America’s Largest Open House": Virginia Garden Week ranks as the country’s only statewide home-and-garden tour, and it’s one fabulous way to see some of the Commonwealth’s loveliest landscaping—and some of its most historic spaces.
A Decades-Old Tradition in Old Town Alexandria, VA
Virginia Garden Week’s grown from humble beginnings to one of the defining events of spring. Its origins go all the way back to 1927, when the Garden Club of Virginia mobilized a flower show to preserve some trees at Monticello planted by Thomas Jefferson himself.
Today, close to 30,000 visitors take part in the Garden Week, admiring some 200 private homes and gardens all across Old Dominion—including some of Old Town Alexandria’s remarkable properties. Besides lovingly tended trees, shrubs, and flower plots at the pinnacle of their vernal splendor, the eight-day happening features gorgeous bloom arrangements created by the Garden Club of Virginia.
Supporting the Commonwealth's Historic Gardenscapes
Through its tours, Virginia Garden Week still raises money for the preservation and restoration of the state’s historic gardens, among them some stunners right here in the Alexandria area: Green Spring Gardens and the greenspaces of Mount Vernon. Some of the proceeds also go to fund fellowships for landscape-architecture students.
Garden Week Lodging Near Old Town Alexandria
If you’re seeking primo accommodations to enjoy Virginia Garden Week destinations in greater D.C., you won’t find better options than the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria-Fort Belvoir. The location’s a stone’s throw from Old Town Alexandria (not to mention the capital), and meanwhile you have great on-site amenities—including a complimentary breakfast bar—to pamper you between garden tours.