This spring, the owners of Virginia’s finest private homes and gardens will open their doors and garden gates for the 77th Annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia. Known as “America’s largest open house,” Virginia Garden Week is the oldest and largest statewide program of its kind in the nation. Presented by the Garden Club of Virginia, it showcases fine Virginia homes and gardens in an effort to restore historic gardens and landscapes.

Plan your visit right, and you’ll be able to experience fine homes and gardens both in town and in the country. Loudoun is the perfect place to base your Northern Virginia garden tour adventure. For accommodations information, click here. Here's your itinerary:

DAY ONE Begin your town tour in Old Town Alexandria on Saturday, April 17. This historic seaport on the Potomac features classic Greek Revival and Federal-style architecture. Homes and gardens with connections to George Washington and Robert E. Lee are featured this year on Alexandria’s tour. In addition to visiting fine 18th and 19th century private homes in Old Town that day, holders of this April 17 Garden Week ticket will be admitted free of charge to Mount Vernon, Washington’s vast plantation nearby.

DAYS TWO AND THREE Spend Sunday, April 18 and Monday, April 19 in the country. These days take visitors to five exceptional homes in the Middleburg area, several built before the Civil War. Garden lovers will revel in the beautifully designed private landscapes with panoramic pastoral views. Impressive homes, old and new, are hidden along winding lanes amid green pastures, lovely gardens, Thoroughbred barns and scenic mountain backdrops. This is an opportunity for a rare treat - these private homes may never be open to the public again.

For more information on Virginia Garden Week, click here.