In Alexandria, this year’s Historic Garden Week, which takes place on April 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be different because of COVID-19. The event will consist only of exteriors. Participants will be given maps and directions for a self-guided walking circuit of more than a dozen homes. Called “A Springtime Stroll: Doorways of Our Past and Future,” the tour features a variety of floral arrangements and outdoor installations along the route. According to alextimes.com, "The purpose of the event, according to the Garden Club of Virginia, is to help preserve the state’s historic gardens. During the past 50 years, Historic Garden Week is estimated to have had an economic impact of more than $518 million, according to its website. The Garden Club of Alexandria and the Hunting Creek Garden Club, which are local co-organizers for Garden Week in the city, have sought to preserve the spirit of this annual tradition while also taking precautions due to COVID-19." As per alextimes.com, "Four different historic sites in Alexandria are also part of the walking tour: St. Paul’s Church, the Ramsay House, the Lee-Fendall House and the Athenaeum. At the Lee-Fendall house, staff will also be providing talks on native and medicinal plants they have in their garden. Those who managed to buy tickets before the event sold out will receive free admission to the grounds of George Washington’s Mount Vernon and a 50% discount on general admission tickets during Historic Garden Week."