Historic Garden Week Welcomes Visitors to McLean's Ballantrae Farm Estate

by Lizzy Conroy
April 16, 2024

National Historic Garden Week in Virginia welcomes visitors to a week of statewide tours that will see the opening of 170 properties during the week of April 20-27th.  This is a splendid way to celebrate the glory of springtime flowers, gardens and historic homes! 

From Surry to Staunton, Roanoke to Richmond, and the Eastern Shore to Winchester, the tours and estates featured are a springtime treasure for garden and history lovers everywhere!

Ballantrae Farm Estate, c. 1923
*Photo by Donna Moulton

Northern Virginia will host a week of tours in Old Town Alexandria, Leesburg, Fairfax County-McLean, Green Spring Gardens, Oak Spring in Upperville and Winchester to round out the week.  (Event ticketing information found further below.) 

In McLean, the grand historic estate of Ballantrae Farm will be open to the public on Tuesday, April 23rd to view its glorious grounds and extensive gardens.  As part of the tour, is Little Ballantrae, the estate’s mid-19th century farmhouse and gardens.

Ballantrae Farm is a 1923 Colonial Revival manor house featuring 6.5 acres of grounds and gardens to explore.

Tickets to the tour at Ballantrae and Little Ballantrae include entry to the nearby Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, a 95-acre park featuring natives, multiple gardens, lakes, walking trails and a children’s garden.  

Here is a peak view of what to expect at the stunning Ballantrae Farm estate.  


Cherry trees line the approach to the home
*Photo by Donna Moulton


Tulips and narcissus abound
*Photo by Donna Moulton


Quiet bench among the hydrangea
*Photo by Donna Moulton


Lilly pads and hydrangea adorn the koi pond

*Photo by Donna Moulton


The sunken walled kitchen garden
*Photo by Donna Moulton

Wisteria sinensis at Little Ballantrae is 100 years old!
*Photo by Donna Moulton

There is history and blooming grandeur to explore during Garden Week!  In McLean, come see all that Ballantrae Farm has to offer.

Tickets can be found at Eventbrite: Historic Garden Week Fairfax County - McLean Tour Tickets, Tue, Apr 23, 2024 at 10:00 AM | Eventbrite

Further questions can be directed to the Garden Club of Fairfax at

More about the Virginia Historic Garden Week and participating tours can be found at

Historic Garden Week in Virginia, Tours Across Virginia (

More about Meadowlark Botanical Gardens can be found here

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens | Nova Parks

Virginia Living Magazine has done beautiful coverage on Ballantrae Farm found here

Historic Garden Week Celebrates Ballantrae Farm -

The incredible presented pictures of Ballantrae as taken by freelance photographer Donna Moulton.  


Lizzy Conroy is partner at Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Group. Lizzy graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Economics and has served in a number of professional capacities in the Washington, DC area a first with the international trade group of Hogan Lovells, then as a marketing manager with MicroStrategy of McLean, VA. She also held business development positions with Kalmia Construction, a Maryland-based commercial construction company, and Newmark LLC, a New York City-based commercial real estate firm.

Lizzy is the 2017 American Mothers, Inc. Virginia Mother of the Year and currently serves on the AMI National Board of Directors. Lizzy is the 2005 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society National Woman of the Year and is a past member of the LLS Board of Trustees. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Northern Virginia and is a devoted member of her church, Trinity United Methodist. She is a member of River Bend Golf & Country Club, Great Falls, VA. She and her husband, Steve, live in McLean, Virginia with their two children.

Licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland

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