Green Home and Garden Tour

Each year, the Green Home and Garden Tour showcases green homes, green renovations, and watershed-friendly gardens in Arlington. Features include energy efficient technologies, solar energy, water-saving technologies, rain gardens, native plants, wildlife habitat and more. The tour is sponsored by Arlington County’s Office of Sustainability and Environmental Management, EcoAction Arlington and Virginia Cooperative Extension. Get ideas and inspiration for your own home and garden. 

The 2022 Green Community Tour and Celebration will be Sunday, June 5 from 1-4pm.

Register for the tour to receive this year's site descriptions and addresses

Check out some short videos of homes and gardens that have been featured in past years:

Andrew Moore shows off a new modern home constructed by his company, Arlington Designer Homes. This home was certified in the Arlington Green Home Choice program and includes high efficiency insulation and air sealing, continuous insulation on the basement walls for comfort and moisture resistance, energy efficient heating and cooling systems, a high-tech fresh air ventilation system, a pervious paver driveway, and stormwater planters.

Yuri Sagatov speaks about Sagatov Design + Build’s latest luxurious modern and very sustainable new home project. This all electric home showcases a very tight building envelope and insulation strategy with super high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, and a unique fresh air ventilation strategy that dehumidifies the air before bringing it into the home. The design is also set up to accommodate a future solar system. On the playful side, the “conversation pit” is also very fun to see.

This addition and renovation to a classic Arlington brick Colonial was designed by EnviroHomeDesign. The architect explains how this home was expanded with a very thoughtful and integrated design approach to make it as sustainable as possible. This home features an advanced continuous air sealing and insulation strategy, high-efficiency heating, cooling and water heating equipment, and a special emphasis on improved indoor air quality.

Watershed-friendly garden. Homeowner Deborah returned to her Arlington childhood home and turned her backyard into a gorgeous new landscape that incorporates a rain garden, native plantings and underground dry wells that manage stormwater, improve drainage and provide pollinator habitat. Great example of successfully managing a flat landscape with heavy clay soils.

Watershed-friendly garden. Homeowner Darek highlights how his attractive permeable paver driveway, installed in 2018, catches and absorbs runoff. Together with a native plant landscape that reduced the front lawn area, this sustainable landscape captures a significant portion of stormwater runoff.

Highlands Urban Garden is a collaborative project using innovative methods for water conservation and soil rebuilding to create a productive urban garden in south Arlington, sponsored by the Friends of Urban Agriculture. Don’t miss the cover crops and other sustainable agriculture techniques. Learn more about the Highlands Urban Garden. 

This modern addition and renovation to an Arlington Cape Cod was constructed by J and J Construction and designed by Paola One Design. Join homeowners Stephen and Irina Bartell in learning about their renovation journey. Showcased in this home are advanced insulation and air sealing measures for improved comfort, reduced energy usage, better indoor air quality, and sound performance; low flow water fixtures; and lots of other sustainability strategies. A solar system rounds out the energy strategy. These owners also made sure that their basement was designed with moisture resilience in mind. This home was Green Home Choice certified.

This addition and renovation to an Arlington bungalow was designed by Atelier Q2 Architects and constructed by Alair Homes. Join the builder and architect to learn about how they expanded the home’s space without expanding the footprint, and about the process to create this all-electric, ultra-energy efficient home, including a solar system and electric vehicle charger. This home is expected to have net zero energy usage.

The homeowner discusses his experience in adding new very modern space to his small Arlington home with Hambleton Construction. This addition and renovation features a full exterior air sealing and insulation cocoon, solar, battery backup system, and electric vehicle charger. A lush native alternative to grass is used for the lawns. This home is Green Home Choice certified.

Watershed-riendly Garden: Fairlington Commons. Prior to the installation of the garden, Fairlington Commons suffered from steep slopes with highly eroded soils, sparse grass, and turf weeds. To stop erosion, contractors and volunteers worked together to install stone berms and lush native plant landscaping, including brilliant yellow golden groundsel, white wood aster, and other hardy natives. The projects were installed partially by a contractor with lots of planting support by community members.

Permaculture-Inspired Garden: Homeowner Barbara brings an approach of experimentation and learning to her permaculture-inspired garden, focusing on soil health, managing stormwater with rain barrels and a homeowner-installed small rain garden, and planting for biodiversity.

Inspired by colonial gardening techniques, homeowner Teresa reduced her front lawn by removing Bermuda grass and added edible landscaping. The garden is a new pandemic creation and she has experimented with bed alignment, water conservation and other techniques. Guided by a desire to not let anything go to waste, from soil to plant material, she has accepted many rescues. Edible plantings include Jerusalem artichoke, tomatoes, hot peppers, potatoes, leafy greens, celery, and an allium bed. Peanuts, okra, and bacon beans are also included as a nod to colonial days. She is also interested in the health and medicinal properties of her plants. This host can answer questions in English or Spanish.

Inspirada por técnicas antiguas de jardinería, Teresa aprovechó del tiempo en su casa durante COVID para reducir el césped y plantar huertos con tomates, pimientas, papas, espinaca, lechuga, apio, cacahuete (maní), okra, frijoles pinto, cebollas y cebollines. Experimentó con la alineación de los huertos, conservación de agua, y otras técnicas. Aceptó plantas y suelo rescatados de otros lugares para que no se echen a perder. Además, se interesa mucho por las plantas con propiedades saludables y medicinales. Teresa habla español e ingles.