Spring is busting open here in Loudoun. Flowers are popping up and the landscape is changing from a wintry brown to a soft, misty green. It’s a beautiful time of year and Loudoun welcomes the season with two annual garden events. This weekend, historic downtown Leesburg becomes a gardener’s paradise during the Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival. Now in its 23rd year, the festival fills King and Market Streets with award winning landscape displays, live music, and over 150 vendors selling plants, fountains, garden furniture, and more. For a taste of Loudoun County’s agricultural bounty, visit the newly expanded Wine Garden showcasing some of Loudoun’s first-rate wineries and breweries.
On Monday April 22nd, America’s “largest open house” comes to the National Historical Landmark Village of Waterford during the 80th Annual Historic Garden Week tour. Every April visitors are welcomed to more than 200 of Virginia’s most beautiful homes, gardens, and historic landmarks, affording a unique opportunity to visit private homes and gardens in full spring bloom. This year’s tour includes the Joseph Janney House, named one of the Top Ten Historic Homes for 2012 by The Washington Post; the newly restored Waterford Old School; and the Wauchope House, never before open to the public.