Stop and Smell the Roses at "America's Largest Open House"

Special packages and events make Historic Garden Week a Virginia tradition for the entire family.

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Virginia's Historic Garden Week

Known as “America’s Largest Open House,” Historic Garden Week takes place April 17-25, 2010

Richmond, Va. (PRWEB) April 6, 2010

Historic Garden Week is a shining example of how Virginia’s rich traditions, warm hospitality and beautiful landscape make it a great place to relax and reconnect with loved ones. Known as “America’s Largest Open House,” Historic Garden Week takes place April 17-25, 2010, and showcases more than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful private homes, gardens and historic landmarks annually. Now in its 77th year, the program is the oldest and largest statewide tour event of its kind in the nation. Properties showcased on three dozen tours hosted by garden clubs across the state span four centuries of Virginia’s architecture, history and landscape design. Tours range from $10 to $35 per person. Compete details are available on http://www.Virginia.org.

Virginia’s Historic Garden Week is not only for people with a green thumb. The entire family can enjoy the variety of tours and special activities planned for this year – from children’s gardens, live music and even fashion shows. Children can tap into their inner gardener at hands-on children’s gardens including Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond and the Norfolk Botanical Garden. History fans will love the chance to tour some of Virginia’s most iconic sites and gardens including Mount Vernon, Monticello, Montpelier and more. Nature lovers will enjoy tours at event locales ranging from the ocean to the mountains and people interested in architecture can visit stately plantations, renovated farmhouses, suburban estates, city townhouses and waterfront villas.

To top it off, several Virginia destinations are offering special garden week travel packages, making it easy for people to stop and smell the roses. Below are some highlights of Garden Week celebrations and special packages. These and more can be found at http://www.Virginia.org.

The Garden Week Package at The Jefferson Hotel, one of Virginia’s most luxurious and legendary hotels, offers superior or deluxe accommodations, breakfast for two, Garden Week guidebook, valet parking and a signature spring floral arrangement from Blooms at The Jefferson. Package price from $235.

Historic downtown Lexington will be in full bloom with the Garden Week Getaway to Lexington package, offering two-nights at Llewellyn Lodge, breakfasts, Historic Walking Tour and Garden Tour Tickets. Package price from $339 for two.

America’s Historic Triangle – Jamestown, Yorktown and Williamsburg, is always a Garden Week favorite. The James River Plantation Garden Week Lodging/Touring Package includes one night at Piney Grove at Southall's Plantation, breakfast and a two-hour progressive candlelight plantation tour. Package price $170 per person or $300 per couple.

Garden Week goers in Southern Virginia can take advantage of the Landscapes to Tablescapes: Garden Week Tour Package at Quality-Dutch Inn in Martinsville. This package includes one night stay, tickets to the Martinsville-Henry County Garden Week Tour, gift card for Martha's Baskets, Gifts & More, lunch at Arts & Deli Café, gift basket, dinner and breakfast at the Amsterdam Dining Room and a tour of the Virginia Museum of Natural History. Package price $160 per person or $235 per couple.

Love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. For more information on Historic Garden Week and to begin planning a visit, go to http://www.Virginia.org or call 1-800-VISITVA. A 2010 Virginia Garden Week tour book is available for $6 each, along with more information about tours and schedules, at http://www.VAGardenweek.org.

Note: Tours are sponsored by members of The Garden Club of Virginia to benefit the restoration of historic gardens and grounds across the Commonwealth.

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