In March, garden gates across the South begin to open, welcoming guests for tours of some of our most iconic blooms and lending inspiration to weekend gardeners. Here, 10 of our favorite gardens
April 29; mtcubacenter.org
Mt. Cuba Center features one of the best trillium collections in the country: sweeps of Virginia bluebells, ground phlox, and showy celandine poppy. Arrive early—the first 500 families get a free plant.
March 16-25; cherryblossom.com
Macon-Bibb County has more than 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees.
St. Francisville, Louisiana
March 31; stfrancisvillefestivals.com
Wander through eight gardens, from architect-designed to homespun.
Takoma Park, Maryland
May 5-6; historictakoma.org
Called the Berkeley of the East, this hipster-meets-Nana neighborhood looks better with each passing year as more historical treasures are restored.
Madison County, Mississippi
May 5-6; mragardens.com
Visit eight gardens for outdoor entertaining, with tablescapes by local designers.
Raleigh, North Carolina
May 5-6; historicoakwood.org
Start with high tea, then tour the gardens of Oakwood, Raleigh’s oldest neighborhood.
Honor Heights Park, Oklahoma
April 1-30; muskogeeparks.org
In a state known for alkaline soils, the acid-loving azalea is at home in Honor Heights Park, with 625 varieties and 30,000 plants.
Statewide, South Carolina
March 24, April 1, 14, 20; gardenclubofsc.org
This tour weaves through eight small towns over four weeks, showcasing both private and public gardens. Pick up tips from some of the country’s most knowledgeable and innovative gardeners.
Chappell Hill, Texas
April 14-15; chappellhillmuseum.org
The Texas legislature named this two-day event (with more than 300 arts and crafts vendors, food, and kids’ activities) the state’s official Bluebonnet Festival.
April 21-28; vagardenweek.org
Dubbed “America’s Largest Open House,” it’s the oldest and largest event of its kind in the nation, with 250 properties to explore.