The local tour is part of Historic Garden Week, an annual event presented by the Garden Club of Virginia, in which homes and gardens all around Virginia are open to the public. Well known as the oldest and largest statewide house and garden tour in the United States, tourists from all across the country travel to Virginia to take part in this springtime event. Proceeds from the tour are used to restore and preserve grounds and gardens of Virginia’s most cherished historic landmarks.
This year’s tour in Roanoke is titled “A Trolley Tour in the Mountains” and organizers are excited to have Roanoke’s Star Line Trolley taking guests to some of the homes on the tour. There are five beautiful homes for guests to visit. Two homes, Rockledge and Tarrylong, are located in part of the Southeast neighborhood below the Mill Mountain Star and three homes are in the adjacent South Roanoke neighborhood.
There is something for everyone – majestic mountain views, terraced gardens with stone patios, grounds that offer unique architectural features in surprising nooks and crannies, a hidden front yard putting green, a shaded private pool, a Spanish casa with both arid and lush landscaping, and homes filled with spectacular antiques and local art.
The event provides a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of spring color, as well as homes sparkling with spectacular flower arrangements created by club members.
Tour Headquarters: The Ronald McDonald House, 2224 South Jefferson Street: Trolley and shuttle transportation, tour tickets, restrooms and lunch. Please wear flat heeled shoes.
Tickets: $30 per person. No single-site tickets. Children ages 6-12, $15. Children 5 and younger, free admission. Children younger than 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets may be purchased with cash or check on the day of the tour at any of the homes on the tour or the Ronald McDonald House.
Advance Tickets: $25 per person. Advance tickets may be purchased by mail until April 22 by sending checks payable to “Historic Garden Week” and mailed to Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs, 3640 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24018. Tickets are available for purchase by cash or check at: Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs – 3640 Colonial Avenue, Ronald McDonald House, Townside Gardens and Black Dog Salvage. For more information and online tickets go to vagardenweek.org.