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2015 Advance Notice

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Tour dates: April 26 & April 27, 2014

Welcome to the Shenandoah-Potomac Garden Council. We hope you enjoy our web site. Be sure to visit "Homes on Tour" for a look at the beautiful historic homes open for viewing during our 59th Annual House and Garden Tour. Visit "Advance Tickets" for information about purchasing tickets.

The Shenandoah-Potomac Garden Council comprise Garden Clubs in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties. These Clubs host the Annual House & Garden Tour to fund beautification projects in their communities.

The House and Garden Tours of Historic Berkeley and Jefferson Counties, began in 1955, when several local women began this spring tradition that has blossomed into a major annual event and tourist attraction. Sponsored by the Shenandoah-Potomac Garden Council, local clubs have offered a peek into the area's unique or historically significant properties for over 50 years. Last year over 800 visitors from nearly a dozen states toured the seven featured homes.

Docents from garden clubs throughout the region guide guests through these homes and gardens, describing the architecture, furnishings and plantings, as well as genealogical information or historical events that may have taken place on the grounds or within the walls. Club members also volunteer their time and talents by providing beautiful flower arrangements to decorate the homes. Tours are scheduled at the end of April in order to capture spring's beauty at its peak.

The proceeds from the first Tour in 1955 were used to purchase period furnishings for the Historic Harper House in Harpers Ferry. The house was being renovated by the National Park Service. Through the years, participating Garden Clubs have selected various and diversified projects to benefit and beautify their communities. Local schools, parks, and libraries have been the recipients of projects ranging in cost from $3000.00 up to $10,000.00

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