Must-See Spring Garden Tours

Swing open the gates to some of the South’s most stunning public and private floral sanctuaries during four upcoming tours

photo: Courtesy of Historic Garden Week

An outdoor oasis featured in Virginia's Historic Garden Week.

NOGS Hidden Garden Tour
April 13–14 | Savannah, Georgia

With its twenty-two manicured public squares, there’s plenty for folks to love about the downtown Savannah Historic District. Guests on the North of Gaston Street tour are invited to stroll through nine of its private gardens, too, before stopping for high tea at the historic Green-Meldrim House.

Historic Garden Week
April 21–28 | Statewide in Virginia

The best in show of garden tours, this eight-day botanical bonanza offers access to secret gems and grand estates from the Shenandoah Valley to Virginia Beach. Highlights include four private properties in Middleburg horse country and a New Kent County stop at Cumberland Plantation.

Cultivating Community
April 28 | Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The tobacco-capital tour changed its name this year from Beyond the Garden Gate to Cultivating Community, signifying a stellar collection of both private and public gardens. Make time for the terraced retreat designed by noted landscape architect Chip Callaway and an heirloom-filled historic plot in Old Salem.

Georgetown Garden Tour
May 12 | Washington, D.C.

Among the eight stops on the ninetieth annual walking circuit of Washington’s toniest neighborhood is Prospect House. Built in 1788, it overlooks the Potomac River and was designed by William Thornton, the architect of the U.S. Capitol Building. Its grounds include a formal pool terrace, rose garden, and “bucolic ramble.”