April 22, 2016 at 3:03 pm EST | by Joey DiGuglielmo
Blooms, shopping, antiques and more
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Love mid-century design? Check out the Hollin Hills House and Garden Tour on Saturday, April 30. This Fairfax County, Va., house was designed by Charles Goodman. (Photo by Clarissa Peterson via Wikimedia)

All Hallow Guild’s 77th annual Flower Mart is at Washington National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) on Friday, May 6 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be herbs, flowers, food, boutique gifts and children’s rides. Details at allhallowsguild.org.

The Hollin Hills House and Garden Tour is Saturday, April 30 from noon-6 p.m. and offers a stroll through this neighborhood that specializes in mid-century design in Alexandria, Va. Details at hollinhills.net or on Facebook.

Ladew Gardens (3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, Md.) has its eighth annual Garden Festival on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with specialty plant, garden ornaments and antiques for sale from 45 vendors. Tickets are $75 for members and $100 for non-members. Details at ladewgardens.com.

The Capitol Hill Restoration Society has its 59th annual annual house and garden tour on Mother’s Day weekend (May 7-8) in Barracks Row with several stops along the way. Tickets are $40 or $35 in advance. Hours and details at chrs.org

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens (4155 Linnean Ave., N.W.) holds multiple garden-focused hands-on workshops including Gardener’s Focus: Seasonal Designs on Friday, April 22; a hanging basket workshop on Saturday, May 7; container garden workshops on summer annuals on Saturday, May 14; herb garden container workshops on Saturday, May 21 and much more. Gay Day at Hillwood is in September. Tickets, times and more at hillwoodmuseum.org.

The United States Botanic Garden (100 Maryland Ave., S.W.) has Flora of the National Parks in its Conservatory West Gallery running now through Oct. 2 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Flourish Inside and Out runs May 21-Oct. 2 in the Conservatory East Gallery and Terrace. For a full list of garden event dates and more information, visitusbg.gov.

Green Spring Gardens (12000n Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax, Va.) hosts the Big Plant Sale on Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The sale will feature more than 40 vendors selling rare and unusual plants. For more details, visit fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring.

And if you’re planning to do work on your own garden, check out the services at Ginkgo Gardens (ginkgogardens.com) on Capitol Hill (911 11th St., S.E.) which offers on-site consultations, design and maintenance services and more.

If you’re looking for some off-the-beaten-path antique shops in the region, there’s a cluster of them on Caroline Street in downtown Fredericksburg, Va., about 53 miles from Washington and just more than a one-hour drive. If that’s your thing, it’s worth the drive.

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This Liberace doll could be yours for $95. He’s at the River Run Antique Mall in Fredericksburg, Va. (Washington Blade photo by Joey DiGuglielmo)

Other great local spots for vintage finds include the Brass Knob — a great spot for architectural antiques — at 2311 18th St., N.W. (thebrassknob.com) and Mt. Vernon Antique Center (8101 Richmond Highway in Alexandria, Va. (mtvantiques.com).

If you want to eschew the old and go uber-modern, check out the Calligaris Store Washington (2238 M St., Georgetown) which specializes in sleek home decor. Check it out online at washingtondc.calligaris.us.

If you want to just park and have a nice one-stop spot for all the major chain stores that offer home decor, you could do a lot worse than Potomac Mills off Interstate 95 in Woodbridge, Va., which has Marshall’s, T.J. Max, Corningware/Corelle and more in a two-mile indoor mall-type loop. With 1.6 million square feet and more than 220 stores, it’s worth a visit. Ikea is nearby.

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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