It’s easy to forget on a chilly mid-March day like today, but spring is right around the corner (daylight savings time starts this weekend!) And spring in Georgetown carries with it several annual rites. It’s not too early to start looking forward to them.
The Georgetown House Tour
First of the two grand dame tours, the Georgetown house tour will be held this year on April 30th. It is held every year to benefit St. John’s Episcopal church. As the title states, this tour gives you a chance to walk through 8-10 of Georgetown’s nicest homes. The patrons party is always the place to hobnob with the nobbiest hobs.
The Georgetown Garden Tour
Of the two tours, the Garden Tour is probably GM’s favorite. Like the house tour, you get a chance to look behind the gates of 8 or so homes, but GM just thinks there’s something more interesting about gardens than interiors. This tour will be held on May 7th, and is run by the Georgetown Garden Club. Continue reading
Sorry for the shaky video; the Georgetown Metropolitan’s A/V budget doesn’t have room for a steadycam.
Tomorrow is the annual Georgetown Garden Tour. Tour nine beautiful backyards starting from 10 AM to 5 PM. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, it’ll cost you $35 and you’ll need to stop by Christ Church to buy them.
The Garden Tour is sponsored by the Georgetown Garden Club to benefit local organizations, with emphasis on the preservation of gardens, parks and green spaces. Past beneficiaries have included the Georgetown Public Library, Book Hill, Georgetown Waterfront Park, and the Student Conservation Association at Dumbarton Oaks Park, Trees for Georgetown, Tudor Place, Montrose Park, Rose Park and the Volta Park Habitat Garden.
And don’t forget to stop by the tea back at Keith Hall at Christ Church from 2-4.
Here’s how the organizers are describing the nine gardens: Continue reading
The Georgetown Garden Tour will be held on May 8th this year. This event gives you the chance to finally get behind all those secret garden walls you always crane your neck over (although GM should make sure you understand this event doesn’t give you carte blanche to just stroll into anyone’s backyard, no matter how awesome that would be).
Tickets are $30 if bought before May 2nd and $35 after. There will be seven homes’ gardens spread out across Georgetown open this year. The website offers descriptions of the gardens, but doesn’t actually identify which homes they are. See if you can figure them out: Continue reading
Close on the heels of the posh Georgetown House Tour is its slightly younger and less stuffy sibling, the Georgetown Garden Tour. May 9th, from 10 AM to 5 PM, the back yards of eight Georgetown homes will open up.
Tickets are $30 if you buy them by Saturday; it’s $35 after that. The Georgetown Current reports that three of the homes will be the three thirds of what once made up Evelyn Walsh McLean’s house on R St., just west of Wisconsin.
This is one of GM’s favorite events of the year here in Georgetown. The gardens can be anything from small and charming to the huge and austere like Evermay, which was featured last year. You only get one chance a year to (legally) poke around these impressive secret gardens so don’t miss out.
If you don’t buy your tickets ahead of time, get them at Christs Church at 31st and O. Oh and one tip, last year GM spent 5 minutes waiting in a line that snaked through Christs Church before he realized he was in the snack line. The ticket line was much shorter. So make sure you’re waiting in the right line.