The Insider's Guide to Visiting DC-Area Gardens
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Events and Tours in September-October 2015

White House Rose Garden Exhibit at the White House Historical Association to September 12. Read about it here: “Intimate Look at the Creation of the Kennedy Rose Garden.” 

September 3,Cocktails in the Garden at the National Arboretum with specially created cocktail, mixology demonstrations and Asian-inspired finger food. Buy tickets here.

September 3 Field to Vase Dinner in Gainesville, VA to celebrate American Grown Flowers

September 12: DC State Fair with DC Gardeners Meet-Up. Noon to 8 pm. Meet-up/Tweet-up 2-3 pm. Details.

September 12, Photo Safari DC goes to Dumbarton Oaks,,named 6th Best Garden in the World by the National Geographic – the only one in the U.S! Learn to take better photos than these rookie shots of Dumbarton Oaks in August.

September 13:
Family Picnic with Rainbow Families DC at Hillwood Museum and Gardens.

September 16 – Washington Youth  Garden’s 3rd Annual Strolling Supper. Click here for tickets.

September 19 American Horticultural Society's Annual Gala - Dinner and Silent Auction at River Farm in Alexandria.

September 19
Fall Garden Day at Green Spring Gardens. Vendors, a silent auction, live music and food. 9-3. 

September 19, New This Year: 
Columbia Heights House and Garden Tour.

September 26-27 Landmark Music Festival to benefit the National Mall40+ artists, 5 stages, 2 days!

September 24, Bring Your Own Bike Tour of the Arboretum sponsored by REI. Info here. FREE.

September 25, Guided Tour of Tudor Place: Historic and Growing.

September 26 – National Public Lands Day Volunteer Event at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. 9-1. Details.

September 28-29 National Capital Dahlia Society Show and Sale at Brookside Gardens.

September 26 – N. Alexandria Native Plant Sale.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays: Tea and Tour the National Cathedral and Grounds

"Wings of Fancy" Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit opened July 1 at Brookside Gardens! Details here. Plus, tours are available. Through Oct 25.

American Roots Concerts at the U.S. Botanic Garden. 9/27 Blue Moon Cowgirls. 5-7 pm. Space limited. 

Sept 12 - Oct 24. FREE Live Theater at the U.S. Botanic Garden, a co-production with the Kennedy Center. Details here.

White House Open Gardens and Grounds - exact date will be announced on the White House website, and if you subscribe on our website (upper right) you'll receive a White House Alert about it by email.

October 3 – “Continuous Garden” Half-Day Symposium at Green Spring Gardens8 am.- noon.

October 10 – Planting for Diversity full-day symposium at the National Arboretum. More info coming soon

October 10 – November 19 Fall Chrysanthemum Display at Brookside Gardens. FREE.

October 10, Joint Tour of Tudor Place and Oak Hill Cemetary

October 10-12 National Capital Orchid Society’s 68th Annual Show and Sale at Behnke Nurseries.

October 23, Guided Tour of Tudor Place: Historic and Growing.

What's New

Smithsonian Horticulturists Seek Tour-Goers for their free tours. Details here. Above, two local favorites - the Butterfly Habitat Garden and the Ripley Garden.

New August Photos available: Smithsonian Gardens,  Dumbarton Oaks, Tudor Place, and Brookside Gardens. Or browse them on Flickr.

The White House Gardens became the 16th "Major Garden" on our website, so we're ready for its Open Garden Weekend coming soon.

DC Gardens holds Meet-up/Tweet-ups at area gardens. Left, garden writers John Boggan, Kathy Jentz, Louise Clark and I (Susan Harris) at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens' Waterlily and Lotus Festival. Right, horticulturist Bradley Evans (shown with Linda Hostetler) giving a special tour of the National Arboretum's North Court.

We're excited that local cycling enthusiasts have volunteered to create routes for our "Bicyclist's Guide to DC's Gardens and Landscapes," and one for Northern Virginia, too. The guides will include info about renting bikes and tons of photos. Above, my old bike at the U.S. Botanic Garden in early April.

Visiting DC-Area Gardens in September

Click the links below to see slide shows and videos of the gardens in September

Visiting DC-Area Gardens in October

Watch 1-minute video of seven DC-area gardens in October!

For more,click the links below to see slide shows and videos of the gardens in October.
Written by Susan Harris, Director and Photo Editor of DC Gardens. Published September 1, 2015.
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