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Across the country, the arrival of spring brings bright floral landscapes. These seven annual garden tours offer particularly lovely opportunities to enjoy spring’s blossoming.
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (Mount Vernon, Washington)
Sixty miles north of Seattle, Skagit Valley is at about the same latitude as the Netherlands and home to 350 acres of tulips. During the annual festival, a self-guided driving tour of the tulip fields takes about 30 minutes and you can also walk through the rows of brilliant flowering bulbs. Festival stops include RoozenGaarde, Tulip Town, Garden Rosalyn and the tour’s newest addition, Tulip Valley Farms. While the four show gardens are very different, all showcase commercial growers who plant millions of tulips. Purchase tickets online for RoozenGaarde ($15), Tulip Town (general admission online is $15; $13 for seniors), Garden Rosalyn ($20) and Tulip Valley Farms (prices vary per event). Note: Tulip Valley Farms offers a new parklike area where you can stroll miles of grass “Tulip Trails” with stunning views of the North Cascades and Olympics. Parking is free at all four sites.
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Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week (destinations across Virginia)
As the only statewide house and garden tour in the country, the Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week, a tradition since 1927, celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. The participating 150 homes and gardens in communities across Virginia — from the Shenandoah Valley to the beaches of Tidewater — showcase private landscapes, public gardens and historic sites through tours organized and hosted by 48 member clubs. Highlight this year include two special properties opened to the public this spring: Bunny Mellon’s Little Oak Spring in Upperville and John Kluge’s Morven in Charlottesville. Some of the tours will offer outdoor demonstrations or porch talks on topics such as floral design and composting, so you can plot your daily itinerary according to your interests. Tickets start at $15 and prices vary by destination.