House tours, show houses and garden tours -- fund-raisers for a social-service organization, school or historic preservation group -- have started at country estates, urban apartments and backyard gardens in East Coast states.
Wilmington, May 17 through June 9 -- An estate overlooking the Delaware River in Bellevue State Park will be the site of a show house and antiques and garden show and sale. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets, $10, off Marsh Road via Washington Street Extension. 302-658-8063.
West Long Branch, through May 25 -- Broadway, a Colonial Revival mansion designed by Stanford White, will be the site of a show house. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m to 4 p.m. (Wednesday and Friday, also 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.); Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Tickets, $15, 344 Norwood Ave. (near Wall Street). 908- 842-2039.
Montclair, through June 1 -- A show house will be held at Oak & Ivy, a 1914 English Tudor-style house. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Thursday until 8 p.m.); Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Tickets, $15; $12 for those 62 and older; 203 S. Mountain Ave. (off Bloomfield Avenue). 201- 744-7730.
Summit, Short Hills and Maplewood, June 13-14 -- The Reeves-Reed Arboretum and five private gardens will be included on a self-guided tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets, $20, including a plant sale at the arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave. (near Route 24), Summit. Advance tickets, $15 by June 6. 908- 273-8787.
Philadelphia, through May 18 -- The Philadelphia Open Housefeatures 29 tours of historic neighborhoods and rural estates. Tickets, $20 to $65. 215-928-1188.
Solebury, through May 25 -- The Bucks County Designer House will be held at Honey Hollow, a 150-year-old farmhouse, and its renovated three-story barn. Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Tuesday through Thursday until 9 p.m.); Sunday, 1: 30 p.m. to 4: 30 p.m. Tickets, $15; those 65 and older, $12; at 6105 Honey Hollow Road (off Aquetong Road). 215-822-0586.
Devon, through May 26 -- The Vassar Show House will be at Hilltop House, on the Main Line. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Tickets, $15; 570 Beaumont Road (off Route 252). 610-527-9717.
New York City
Upper East Side, through June 8 -- A turn-of-the-century five-floor townhouse with a gardenwill be a show house featuring 30 designers. No children under 6. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Tuesdays and Thursdays to 7: 30 p.m.); Sunday, noon to 4: 30 p.m. Tickets, $20; students, $10; 114 E. 65th St. 212- 734-4850.
Clinton Hill, Fort Greene and Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, May 17 -- Participants can visit 18 private gardens and eight community gardens on Open Garden Day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets, day of tour only, $10 ($15 a couple), at Tillie's coffee shop, DeKalb and Vanderbilt avenues. Advance tickets, $8; $12. 718- 852-9423.
Chelsea, Greenwich Village and TriBeCa, May 18 -- A renovated former spice warehouse converted into three residences is one of six sites on a house-and-loft tour, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets, $40, at 272 W. 10th St. Advance tickets, $35. 212-691-5146.
Park Slope, Brooklyn, May 18 -- Seven homes in a historic district will be open for a self-guided tour, noon to 5 p.m. Tickets, $15, Prospect Park Residence, President Street and Prospect Park West. Advance tickets, $10. 718- 832-8227.
Upper East Side, May 20 -- Seven residences will be included on a self-guided tour, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets, $75, in advance only; United Cerebral Palsy of New York, 105 Madison Ave. 212- 683-6700, Ext. 217.
Hamilton Heights, Manhattan, May 30 through June 1 -- A guided architectural tour May 31, starting at 10 a.m., and a self-guided tour of 16 houses June 1, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., are two of several scheduled events. Tickets for the architectural tour, $10; house tour, $15, at Hamilton Grange, Convent Avenue at 141st Street. Advance tickets for the house tour, $10. 212-281-4442.
Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, June 1 -- Private gardens, and brownstone and limestone historic houses included on a self-guided tour, noon to 5 p.m. Tickets, $15, at the ACAA Gallery, 35A Lincoln Road (between Ocean and Flatbush avenues). Advance tickets, $10. 718- 462-0024 (days) and 718-284-6210 (evenings).
Chelsea, June 7 -- A guided tour will start at 5 p.m. at Clement Moore Park, 10th Avenue at 22nd Street. It will visit seven private gardens and will end with a reception and plant auction. Tickets, $27.50, at the park. Advance tickets, $25. 212-727-5230.
Mount Morris Park, Manhattan, June 8 -- A self-guided tour of 10 residences and three churches, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is one of several events, including a lecture on Harlem architecture at 4 p.m. Tickets, $15, at the Pelham Fritz Community Center, 18 Mount Morris Park West (122nd Street). Advance tickets, $12. 212-369-4241.