Although the 2013 cherry blossom season is over, residents around Washington, D.C., can still get their floral fix. Choose from the Historic Garden Week in Virginia, the flower mart at the National Cathedral, and Haymarket to enjoy the flora in spring's mild temperatures.
Flower & Garden Festival
On Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, D.C.-area residents can partake in the 23rd annual Leesburg, Virginia, Flower & Garden Festival, featuring an array of outdoor patio displays and gardening essentials, along with music, food, and entertainment for the adults and the kids. Get ideas for your springtime gardening adventures; experience the best of Loudoun County's wineries; and shop for fresh flowers, trees, herbs and patio furniture.
Historic Garden Week
Virginia celebrates its 80th annual Historic Garden Week from April 20-27. Known as America's Largest Open House, this statewide event allows tours of 250 of Virginia's most beautiful private homes, gardens, and historic landmarks.
Eight private properties on the historic Old Town Alexandria tour welcome visitors on April 20. A paid ticket includes free admission to George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, as well as six other notable historic sites in Alexandria on the day of the tour.
Vienna and Oakton in Fairfax County are located just outside Washington, D.C. Offering opulent houses and lavish gardens, it's the go-to destination for your springtime fix. On April 23, enjoy a ticketed admission to five of the area's popular private houses and gardens -- the Cosby Home and the Unger, Buster, Kampa, and Rosenthal homes and gardens -- and the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens.
If you are willing to travel further, here's a complete list of Garden Week participating homes and landmarks.
D.C.'s National Cathedral offers free admission to their rain-or-shine annual springtime annual event on May 3-4. Little ones can enjoy carousel rides and other activities while you participate in plant sales and explore floral and horticultural displays and boutique booths. If visiting on Saturday, May 4, tower rides are available from 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. for $10 per person. The tickets are sold on site only.
Burnside Farms and Holland in Haymarket
Haymarket, 40 minutes west of Washington, D.C., is located near the first foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Away from the humdrum of the city, Haymarket is an ideal destination for a day trip.
Burnside Farms in Haymarket (4905 James Madison Highway) features a giant field of 90,000 beautiful tulip blooms, bringing the beauty of Holland to your spring.
Touted as "the largest pick-your-own tulip field in the country," Burnside Farms offers 50 different varieties of early, mid, and late spring tulips and a range of gorgeous colors. Visitors can pick their tulips for $1 per stem during the annual tulip festival, which lasts through April. During the festival, the farm is open daily, with gates opening at 10 a.m.
Prior to heading for Burnside Farms, check for tulip- and weather-related updates posted on their Facebook page. Pictures of the tulip field are regularly uploaded to give guests a better idea of what's available. Admission is $3 per person.
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