Tuckahoe Home & Garden Tour

Don’t miss Tuckahoe’s Elementary School’s 12th Annual Home and Garden Tour, an annual fundraiser to benefit the Tuckahoe Discovery Schoolyard, on Saturday, May 19th, 2012 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.  This year’s tour features nine homes, 1 home/garden combo and 1 garden.  Tickets are $20.00 in advance, $25.00 on the day of the tour.  Visit the website at www.tuckahoetour.org, or on Facebook for more information.

You can purchase tickets online or at  ONE MORE PAGE BOOKS  on May 12th from 2pm-4pm . Come browse around the book store, purchase your tickets to the tour, enter a raffle to win a beautiful centerpiece from Arhaus Furniture or an autographed copy of a garden book by Katherine Howell, and enjoy some light refreshments. Kids are welcome, and there will be a story-time featuring a lovely picture book! One More Page Books is located at 2220 N. Westmoreland Street, Arlington.

Tuckahoe’s 11th Annual House & Garden Tour will be held 5/21

Tuckahoe House & Garden Tour

On May 21, 2011 the Tuckahoe Elementary School PTA will host its 11th Annual Home & Garden Tour. This annual event supports Tuckahoe’s  award-winning Discovery Schoolyard. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the tour and can be purchased by downloading a printable ticket order form here, and sending the form with payment to Tuckahoe, labeled “H&G Tour.” Confirmation will be e-mailed to you and then you just check in at Tuckahoe on the day of the tour.

This year’s tour will include one newly built home, 6 recently renovated homes and 3 beautifully landscaped gardens. For more information, visit the website here.

Historic Garden Week Tour Scheduled for April 19th

Historic garden tour

Photo from 2010 Garden Tour

The Garden Club of Virginia and The Garden Club of Fairfax are presenting the 78th Annual House and Garden Tour in Arlington & McLean, Virginia for Historic Garden Week on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 from 10-4.  Tours benefit the restorations of historic gardens and landmarks in Virginia.  According to the Historic Garden Week website, this year’s tour “will open a fascinating variety of homes and gardens. . . Architectural styles include Tudor Revival, modified Craftsman, cottage-rambler, Arts and Crafts, French Country, and one described by its owners as a “cross between a ranch and a Cape Cod on steroids.”   Some are creatively renovated houses from the mid-20th century, while others were only recently constructed.  Interior and garden designs are as eclectic as the exteriors, offering visitors a thoroughly enjoyable day of touring.”

The tour includes the following homes, all of which are open for the first time during Historic Garden Week:

The Ceckowski & Christie Home – 2560 Vermont Street, Arlington VA 22207

The Kimmitt Home – 2419 N. Fillmore Street, Arlington VA  22207

The Hickernell & Rose Home – 6710 N. 25th Street, Arlington VA 22213

The Coakley Home – 2114 Virginia Avenue, McLean, VA 22101

The Nichols Home – 6028 Chesterbrook Road, McLean, VA  22101

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the tour.  Advance tickets can be purchased at Calico Corners, Company Flowers Express Jewelers in Ballston Mall, Lemon Twist and Millie’s Dry Cleaning in Arlington.  Tickets can be purchase don the day of the tour at Memorial Baptist Church, 3455 N. Glebe Road, Arlington or any of the properties open for the tour.

For more information, or to see a list of other tours around the state during Historic Garden Week, visit the website here.

Garden Tour

Photo from the 2010 Garden Tour

#342 – Go see the Daffodils at LBJ Memorial Grove and Lady Byrd Johnson Park

LBJ Memorial Grove

The daffodils are in bloom!  It was a beautiful day today so I took a a drive past Lady Byrd Johnson Park today and a stroll to Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove, which I had never visited before.  You can see the daffodils at Lady Byrd Johnson Park as you drive down the GW Parkway,  but there is nowhere to park.  But follow the signs to Lyndon Banes Johnson Memorial Grove and you can park your car and take a short walk across a bridge where you will find more daffodils and a flagstone walkway to a stone sculpture.  Formerly known as Columbia Island, the park was renamed in honor of Lady Bird Johnson and her campaign to beautify Washington D.C.  .  From the grove there is a beautiful view of the river and the monuments in DC.  This was apparently one of the Johnsons’ favorite spots to stop and admire the view.

Daffodil

LBJ Memorial GroveLBJ Memorial Grove

#337 – Take a Gardening Workshop

Master Gardener trainees

Image by Gardening in a Minute via Flickr

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia is offering several workshops this Spring including the following in Arlington:

Tree and Shrub Pruning Workshop on March 13th Lee Community Center 1-3

Spring Lawn Care Basics on March 16th at Arlington Central Library from 6:30-8:30

Growing Your Own Shitake MushromApril 6, 9 am – Noon, Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, Pre-registration & Fee requiredGrowing Your Own Shiitake Mushrooms

  • March 16, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Central Library, Arlington – Spring Lawn Care Basics
  • These public events and classes open to everyone and are free, unless otherwise noted. Please call 703-228-6414 to register for classes and for further details.

    • March 9, 7 – 9 pm, Duncan Library, Alexandria – Spring Lawn Care Basics
    • March 12, 10 am – Noon, 2416 Ridge Road Dr., Alexandria – Tree and Shrub Pruning Workshops
    • March 13, 1 – 3 pm, Lee Community Center, 5722 Lee Highway, Arlington – Tree and Shrub Pruning Workshops

    • April 9, 10 am – Noon, Walter Reed Community Center, Arlington – Growing Vegetables in Containers

    #35 – Stop and smell the roses

    Visit Bon Air Park and the Memorial Rose Garden on Wilson Boulevard when the roses are in bloom.  They also have an azalea garden, a shade garden, and a sun garden, but the roses are the real stars.