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Home and Garden Tours Highlight Alexandria’s Diverse Design

The Twig, the Junior Auxiliary of Inova Alexandria Hospital, will hold its 2021 Historic Alexandria Tour “Garden Glimpses” on Saturday, September 25.

(Tod Connell, 2021 CAHH)

Alexandria, VA – The Twig, the Junior Auxiliary of Inova Alexandria Hospital will hold its 2021 Historic Alexandria Tour “Garden Glimpses” on Saturday, September 25.

(Courtesy, the TWIG)

“We are thrilled to offer a tour,” said Twig President Mary Schoen. “We were unable to have our annual tour last year, so with Garden Glimpses, we can raise funds for Alexandria Hospital and resume The Twig tradition of a tour every September.”

(Courtesy, the TWIG)

This year will showcase 12 gardens and outdoor spaces scattered throughout the historic district. Each unique garden is rarely open for public viewing. Visitors will hear about the garden’s creation and information about the home. An English-style garden, a Koi Pond Garden, and a garden with a swimming pool are among the various gardens included.

Proceeds will support Inova Alexandria Hospital, which has been on the pandemic frontlines and continues to vaccinate and treat Alexandria residents. In 2020, Inova Alexandria provided $33.5 million toward treatment and healthcare programs to families without financial resources.

(Courtesy, the TWIG)

“Special thanks to Joe Hadeed of Hadeed Oriental Rug Cleaning and In-home Home & Services for serving as our Tour Sponsor,” Schoen said. “We are grateful for his continued support during these challenging times.” Tour tickets are available on The Twig website (www.thetwig.org/homes-tour/tickets/) and in person at the Alexandria Visitors Center/Ramsay House. Individual tickets are $30 presale or $35 the day of the event.

Hollin Hills House + Garden Tour

On September 25, Hollin Hills, the award-winning mid-century modern neighborhood in Alexandria, will hold its 14th House and Garden Tour. The first tour was in 1953, when the innovative community was still in development. Since 2006, the tour has been held every two years in the spring, but the 2020 tour was postponed to September 2021.

(Tod Connell, 2021 CAHH)

Recognized for its architectural and design vision, Hollin Hills is a Virginia Landmark Historic District and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The self-guided walking tour showcases stunning examples of mid-century modern architecture, landscaping, and interior design. Tour proceeds benefit the Civic Association of Hollin Hills, which is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Hollin Hills community.

This year, organizers specified four pillars of a mid-century modern motif that define the Hollin Hills neighborhood:

(Tod Connell, 2021 CAHH)

Architecture: Expansive glass walls allow unfettered sunlight in, removing the confines of enclosed space to reveal the natural environment.

Art: Artists in mid-20th century America ruled an aesthetic realm exploding with optimism and confidence and celebrating the self-expression of a liberated world.

Interiors: Seating, surfaces, and storage go beyond their original function to delineate living space and become part of the architecture.

Landscape: Each home is oriented to maximize privacy and landscape view, with sightlines chosen to enhance the common space shared by each structure. For more details and to purchase tickets (while supplies last), visit www.hollinhillsmodern.com/.

(Tod Connell, 2021 CAHH)

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