It seems that everyone who was planning an event last winter looked at their calendars, pointed to the first weekend in June and said, "This is it."
And so for this coming weekend, we have the Charles Village Garden Walk; the annual open house at the Textile Museum in Washington; the Demuth Foundation Garden Tour in Lancaster, Pa.; an herb festival and garden party in Darlington; and a craft show and garden festival at Alloway Gardens in Littlestown, Pa.
The Charles Village Garden Walk opens the gates to more than 25 town house backyard gardens from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. next Sunday. This year the theme of the tour, which is sponsored by the Charles Village Civic Association, is garden structures with an emphasis on decks, walls, patios, walkways and fountains.
You begin the tour at 2601 St. Paul St. at the entrance of the Margaret Brent School, where tickets and guide maps are available. The admission is $3.50 per person, $2.50 for senior citizens.
There will be refreshments along the route and the Barclay Brent Education Corporation will be selling plants -- perennials, annuals and hanging baskets -- at Margaret Brent School to raise money for the local public schools.
Gardening experts, including staff members of the Maryland Cooperative Extension Service and the homeowners themselves, will also be on hand at various locations to answer gardening questions and give design advice.
More gardens will be open for view at the eighth annual Demuth Garden Tour, "June in Bloom," this Saturday and next Sunday in Lancaster, Pa.
The tour includes Conestoga House; the garden and home of artist Charles Demuth; a cluster of six consecutive city gardens in one Lancaster neighborhood; and a garden just outside the city whose owner, a sculptor and teacher, has placed sculpture throughout it.
Plants will also be for sale during the tour.
Tickets may be purchased at the Demuth Foundation, 120 E. King St., for $10 per person. There will be a garden party on Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Conestoga House, 1608 Marietta Ave. Admission for the party is $15.
During the tour refreshments will be available at Conestoga House.
The hours of the tour are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m on Sunday.
For more information, call (717) 299-9940.
On Saturday the Textile Museum will hold its annual open house, called "Celebration of Textiles," in conjunction with the Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk.
The festival will include demonstrations of spinning, weaving, dyeing, crochet and Oriental rug restoration. There will be hands-on activities for all ages including off-loom weaving and .. trapunto painting.
If the weather is good, sheep-shearing will be demonstrated at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. A llama will also be there so visitors can compare its coat to that of the sheep.
There will also be a performance of Andean pipe music, and the museum's exhibition of Egyptian carpets, "Beyond the Pyramids: Geometry and Design in the Carpets of Egypt, 1450 to 1750," will be open to visitors for the first time.
Food will be on sale. Admission to the open house (and other Museum Walk events) is free.
The Textile Museum is located at 2320 S St. N.W. The nearest Metro exit is Dupont Circle, Q Street. For more information, call (202) 667-0441.
Saturday is also the date of the third annual Darlington Herb Festival and Garden Party at Darlington Square, the historic building at the corner of Main Street and Shuresville Road in Darlington in Harford County.
There will be all kinds of plants for sale -- herbs, perennials, wildflowers and ornamental grasses -- plus such garden-related items as wreaths, garlands, potpourri, bee skeps, folk art, Victorian lawn ornaments, baskets, samplers, pottery and books plants and gardens.
The Darlington Country Store will preview a new collection of period furniture, while Victorian garden hats from Catherine's of Darlington will be modeled throughout the day.
Archer Farms will provide food for sale throughout the day. Croquet and badminton sets will be available for play during the festival and there will be storytelling in the Victorian garden next to the smokehouse.
A series of lectures is planned in the Williamsburg garden adjacent to the square beginning at 11 a.m.
The hours of the herb festival and garden party are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is available in marked areas. For more information, call (301) 836-7764 or (301) 838-0198.
On Friday and Saturday Alloway Gardens, a commercial hernursery, will be having a craft show and garden festival entitled "Pennsylvania Sampler."
Twenty craftspeople will be showing such things as patchwork, pressed flowers, ceramics, ironwork, clay miniatures, tinware, woven rugs and other textiles, Shaker boxes, decorative painting, jewelry and clothing.
The hours of the festival are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Alloway Gardens and Herb Farm is located at 456 Mud College Road in Littlestown, Pa. For more information, call (717) 359-4548 or (717) 359-4363.