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

August 2, 10-3: Open House for White House Rose Garden exhibit (to Sept 12). At the White House Historical Association - details here.

"Wings of Fancy" Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit at Brookside Gardens! Details here. Plus, tours are available. To October 25.

In the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservancy, don't miss "Exposed: The Secret Life of Roots." Photographer Jim Richardson captures above- and below-ground views of crops and prairie plants, and the actual plants he photographed are here. It's fascinating! To Oct. 13.

American Roots Concerts at the U.S. Botanic Garden. 8/11 Samantha Fish. 8/27 Blue Moon Cowgirls. 9/10 Jonny Grave. 9/25 South Rail. 5-7 pm. Space limited. 


Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery's Sculpture Garden. Free. 5-8:30. Every Friday thru Aug. 28. Details here.

Juried Bonsai Pot Exhibition and Competition at the National Arboretum through August 30. Here's the catalog.

September 19: 
NEW this year Columbia Heights Home and Garden Tour!

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

More events and regular tours in August and September:
- National Arboretum gives tours, workshops, etc.
- Smithsonian Gardens 
tours weekly.
- U.S. Botanic Garden's tours, workshops, talks, etc.
- Mt. Vernon Garden and Landscape Tours  
- Brookside Gardens' talks, workshops, etc.
- Green Spring Gardens adult and kids' events.

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Visiting DC-Area Gardens in August

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

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Visiting DC-Area Gardens in September

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

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Written by Susan Harris, Director and Photo Editor. Happy summer and visit a garden!
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