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Georgetown Garden Tour May 11th

This year, the Georgetown Garden Club will celebrate its 100th anniversary!

Eight beautiful private gardens in Georgetown will be open to ticket holders on Saturday, May 11, 2024 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. This year’s Georgetown Garden Tour is chaired by Amy Kuhnert, Lesley Lee and Laura Will.

The tour is sponsored by the Georgetown Garden Club to benefit local organizations with emphasis on the preservation and maintenance of public gardens, parks and green spaces. Past beneficiaries have included Book Hill Park, Tudor Place gardens, Trees for Georgetown, the rose garden at Montrose Park, Rose Park, Volta Park Habitat Garden, Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy and the Georgetown Waterfront Park.

Tickets may be purchased here for $45. On the day of the tour, tickets will be available at Christ Church, 3116 O Street in Georgetown. 

Jenny Gorman
Photo by Jenny Gorman

One of the oldest garden tours in America, the Georgetown Garden Tour was begun in 1928 by Mrs. Edmonia Whitehead as a way of involving the community while raising much needed funds to support the Georgetown Children’s House which she had established the previous  year. Dedicated to providing day care to underprivileged children whose mothers worked in and around Georgetown, the Children’s House, in its heyday, served more than 350 District  school children, becoming the community center of Georgetown and for Washingtonians living west of Rock Creek Park.

With many of its members and their gardens having been intricately involved in the tour over the years, it was predestined that the tour should fall into the capable hands of the Georgetown Garden Club. In the first year of running the tour, the Garden Club netted over $26,000.

The four beneficiaries included Volta Park Habitat Garden, Rose Park where 20 shade trees were installed around a very sunny playground, Trees for Georgetown which planted 60 trees and removed 20 stumps, and the Student Conservation Association which funded two crews of inner city students who worked during the summer months in Dumbarton Oaks Park.

The Georgetown Garden Tour continues its mission of celebrating the beautiful gardens of Georgetown. Tour this year and see for yourself.