Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland is presenting the annual Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit in the South Conservatory, thru September 22.As visitors enter, they are surrounded by hundreds of brilliant live butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia soaring among colorful flowers and going about their business of drinking nectar and looking for others of their kind. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphoses, the important role butterflies play in healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens.
The new Cultivate Magazine highlighting Brookside Gardens’fall-winter programming is now available and can be downloaded at https://s3.amazonaws.com/
U.S. Botanic Garden
The U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) is exhibiting Gardens Across America, thru October 1.The exhibition features a selection of gardens nationwide and spotlights the diversity and beauty of the more than 600 public gardens in the U.S.
The exhibits range from rare and endangered plants to historic estates to modern oases.The collections and stories of 20 different gardens are showcased throughout the grounds of the USBG. The gardens reflect their local communities and the diversity found in the plant kingdom.
The U.S. Botanic Garden is exhibiting It's Hip to Be Square: The Mint Family, in the Conservatory’s South Lobby thru November 23. There are over 230 genera and more than 7,000 species in the mint family, which includes Mentha (peppermint and spearmint) and Salvia (sage) species. The mint family even includes coleus, sage, and rosemary. The plant family contains many culinary herbs, and the members are usually aromatic, have square stems, and opposite leaves.
The U.S. Botanic Garden is exhibiting Celebrating New American Gardens thru October 15.The exhibition features American gardens created or renovated within the last five years. The gardens showcase new plant collections, create spaces for people to connect with nature, and foster sustainability.
Please see the article below for information about the newly-expanded Waterfront Garden in Alexandria, Virginia.
Image below: Waterfront gardens in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia - aerial view by Kasey Maier.
Decorator Show House in Ellicott City, Maryland
Historic Ellicott City, Inc.—a nonprofit supporting the preservation and restoration of the Ellicott City Historic District and other historic structures in Howard County—will present the annual Decorator Show House September 21-October 20. Twenty local interior designers will decorate 23 rooms and spaces in the stately French Provincial private home, Belle Vue at the Chase. There will be special events, including designer presentations and a boutique, plus antiques for sale.Most of the designer's accent pieces, furniture, rugs and individual elements will be available for purchase throughout the show's run. No accessible parking will be available at the Decorator Show House address. A shuttle will be provided to transport guests to and from the home.
Tudor Place Historic House & Garden will have a Fall Plant Sale & Picnic on September 29.Visitors can "take a “de-tour” through the fall foliage and blooms with the estate's gardeners and educators and bring your own picnic and blanket to relax in this spectacular setting. The Plant Sale features heirloom plants traditionally grown by the Peter family, including perennials for locations in sun, part-shade, or shade. Your purchases at the Plant Sale support conservation and education at Tudor Place."
Old Town Alexandria’s Waterfront is undergoing a major transformation in 2019. A greatly-expanded new park area at the foot of King Street seamlessly connects Old Town’s historic retail corridor with the water. The Park, which features four distinct areas, is adjoined to the original Waterfront Park and is designed for ongoing enjoyment and special activities and events. The official opening celebration took place in March to coincide with the opening reception for a major new public art installation.
Image below: Mirror Mirror by SOFTlab, a New York-based design studio led by artist and architect Michael Szivos, is a site-specific, temporary installation that activates the Old Town Alexandria waterfront through November 2019. Image Credit: SOFTlab
The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts is offering a free Public Performance Series featuring Music, Movement, and Light in Alexandria’s Waterfront Park at 1 King Street, on select dates, thru October. Original site-specific performances by composer and violinist David Schulman and Orange Grove Dance have been commissioned “in conversation with the sound-responsive, interactive installation Mirror Mirror.” Visit www.alexandriava.gov/
Historic Alexandria Homes Tour
The 78th Historic Alexandria Homes Tour will be held on September 28 and will feature several of Alexandria's finest homes. The tour is presented by The Twig, which is the Junior Auxiliary of Inova Alexandria Hospital--an organization of women dedicated to providing financial aid, volunteer service, and support to Alexandria Hospital, which was itself originally established by volunteers in 1872. The event is designed as a walking tour and also features a raffle and prizes.
The annual Dupont Circle Citizens Association House Tour
The annual Dupont Circle Citizens Association House Tour which was scheduled to take place on October 20 has been canceled. The tour has been rescheduled for October 18, 2020.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is exhibiting Mid-Century Master: The Photography of Alfred Eisenstaedt, thru January 12, 2020. When he photographed her for the November 5, 1965 issue of LIFE Magazine, Eisenstaedt "cemented Marjorie Merriweather Post’s place among the most notable people of the twentieth century. She was featured in a thirty-page spread that showcased her generous spirit and gracious way of life."
Born in present-day Tczew, Poland, Eisenstaedt (1898—1995), was a photojournalist at LIFE from its inception under Henry Luce in 1936 until 1972, its final year of weekly publication. The special exhibition features nearly fifty Eisenstaedt photographs & ephemera from his career in photojournalism.
Images below by Alfred Eisenstaedt: At left, Einstein & Oppenheimer & at right "A Waiter on Skates."