Happenings at DC-Area Gardens, plus News.

Winter 2015-2016 Events

Through Jan 3: Holidays at the U.S. Botanic Garden.  Free. Trains, poinsettias, DC landmarks made of plant parts, and oversized bee and butterfly sculptures materials at the first-ever Pollination Station. Featured in the Washington Post.

Through Jan 3 - Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Garden.


Now through March 13 - Ice-Skating at the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden. Watch the cool video about it here. 

Tuesdays and Thursdays through December 29: Concerts at US Botanic Garden. Free. No.registration required. Evenings in the Conservatory are magical! Limited seating; first come, first served. More info here.

Dec.15, 22 and 29: "Bones of the winter Garden" at Hillwood Gardens, led by head horticulturist Bill Johnson. Register here. 

Through December - Wreath-making at Tudor Place.  Details here. 

December 6 - Puppet Show at Green Spring Gardens. Register in advance here.

Dec 4, 5 and 20 Mt. Vernon by Candlelight.  Details here.

Through January 6 - Christmas at Mt. Vernon.  Details here.

December 5 to January 3 - Winter Display and Garden Railway Exhibit at Brookside Gardens. 10 am - 5 pm. Free.

Now through January 3 -Garden of Lights: Winter Walk-through Holiday Light Display at Brookside Gardens. A family fave.  

December 6 – Gardeners Holiday Open House at Green Spring Gardens. 

December 12 Holiday Craft Party at Green Spring Gardens. 1 pm.


Tuesdays and Wednesdays in December - Tea and Tour the National Cathedral and Grounds  

January - March: Popular Winter Lecture Series at Green Spring Gardens. Only $10. Register here for great topics and speakers.

January 30: Washington Gardener Magazine's 10th Annual Seed Exchange at Brookside Gardens.12:30 – 4:00 pm. Repeated February 6 at Green Spring Gardens. Sign-up starts here on Dec. 15.

Winter Workshops at the National Arboretum - register here.

Jan.30, Feb 27 and March 12: 3-Part Bee Program at Green Spring Gardens.
“Plight of Urban Bees," “Beginning Beekeeping” and “Solitary Bee Box Workshop.” Info and registration here.

February 2 - Annual Orchid Show and Auction by the National Capital Orchid Society at Behnke Nurseries.

February 6 - Washington Gardener Seed Exchange at Green Spring Gardens. 12:30 - 4. Washington Gardener Magazine is co-hosting the 11th annual Seed Exchange at Green Spring Gardens with lectures, face-to-face seed swap and more..Info and registration here.

February 20 from 9 am to 4.  Eco-Savvy Symposium on Wise-Water Gardening.Very popular! Speakers include Greg Tepper, Delaware Botanic Gardens’ Horticulture Director; Lily Whitesell, watershed specialist, NVSWCD; Lauren Wheeler, principal of Natural Resources Design; and Todd Brethauer, science educator.
 Enroll here.

February 27 to April 17: Orchids in Focus, in the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory (joint project with the Smithsonian).

February 18 to  October 23: "Flora in the National Parks" opens in the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory (joint project with the National Park Service). Art exhibit celebrating 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

February 27: 9th Annual Rooting DC Forum! It's FREE, all-day gardening forum providing education about urban food production and consumption. Dozens of workshops, cooking and food preservation demonstrations, and panels discussing youth gardening, nutrition, sustainable growing techniques, and more.

What's New 

Smithsonian Victory Garden on Greater Greater Washington!  We post our favorite new photos to the Flickr pool of this popular DC blog and they chose this one to publish there. Victory Garden horticulturist Joe Brunetti is doing a great job.

New photos! Professional photographer George Brown captured Green Spring Gardens in November, above. They're gorgeous! 

Longwood Gardens horticulturist Karl Gercens came to DC recently, photographed Dumbarton Oaks, and donated his gorgeous shots to DC Gardens. Check 'em out

Smithsonian Gardens in October is brand-new and includes photos by Butterfly Garden horticulturist James Gagliardi. Click here.for a slide show.

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in October is an eye-popping slide show of photos by Tom Stovall, who also made this video of his favorites.

New article! We worked with the nice people at Old Town Trolley of DC to create "Gardens of DC by Old Town Trolley," illustrating each stop with photos and commentary. 

Thanks to Adrian Higgins of the Washington Post for his front-page feature about the "magic miniature plant cities" in the U.S. Botanic Garden's holiday display (examples above). Learn all about the artist who created these "economic engines for the nation's botanic gardens."
Written by Susan Harris, Director and Photo Editor of DC Gardens. Published December 2, 2015.
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