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Tour dates: April 27 & April 28, 2019
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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 64th Annual House and Garden Tour. Visit "Advance Tickets" for information about purchasing tickets.

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

The first House and Garden Tour of Historic Berkeley and Jefferson Counties was held 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 1000 visitors from nearly a dozen states toured the seven featured homes.

Docents from the Council's garden clubs 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, which 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 $15,000.00