The U.S. Botanic Garden will display an exhibit titled Wall Flowers: Urban Botanical Art, in the Conservatory, January 31-October, 2018. The focus will be on the murals that cover our city walls and the plants which are often featured. “The exhibit “will feature large-scale art by local artists who specialize in public murals that beautify our cities. Their murals depict plants using bold colors and monumental scale. The exhibit will foster creative conversations about botanical art and new ways to communicate the important roles plants play in our lives.”
Image below: The logo for Wall Flowers: Urban Botanical Art
The U.S. Botanic Garden will exhibit Orchid Spectrumin the Conservatory, February 23-April 8, 2018.The annual orchid show is presented in collaboration with Smithsonian Gardens. The exhibition will “explore thousands of amazing orchid blooms arranged in captivating displays, and visitors can appreciate many unique, rarely-seen orchids from the USBG’s and Smithsonian Gardens’ extensive plant collections.”
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens will display an exhibition titled The Artistic Table, February 17-June 10. In the 1950s & 1960s, Marjorie Merriweather Post, who owened Hillwood, entertained diplomats, socialites, politicians, and other worldly guests. Her exquisite furnishings and objects reflected her passion for collecting the decorative and fine arts of imperial Russia and eighteenth-century France. The opulent dining services of the tsarist and French courts were displayed throughout her mansion. In addition to dining, guests at her table “enjoyed a visual feast created by sumptuous Sèvres services, glistening sterling silver, Russian imperial services, and lace tablecloths, among many other items from her collection.” For the upcoming exhibition, a number of interior designers were invited to create a range of presentations using Hillwood’s remarkable collection as the source for a display of historic tables on view in the forty-four-foot dining room and the adjacent breakfast room. The special exhibition space in the dacha will house the tables fashioned by renowned interior designers to generate a conversation between past and contemporary design.
Please Note: Hillwood is closed for annual cleaning Thru February 2, 2018. This thorough cleaning of the collections allows Hillwood to maintain the standards expected by visitors.
Another year of special exhibitions, programs, lectures, festivals, and year-round beauty in the gardens will begin on February 3.
The Gardens at Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown are temporarily closed to the public until March 15, 2018. During that time, the estate will make large-scale improvements to the gardens’ water-supply network as well as enhancement of storm-water management throughout the property.
The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association (MVLA), the private non-profit organization that owns and operates George Washington’s Mount Vernon, will close the Mansion from January 22 through February 4 for scheduled annual preservation work. During the Mansion’s closure, the estate will remain open to guests and offer a 50-percent discount on admission tickets available at the gate or online at www.mountvernon.org/ticketing