The U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) will exhibit Gardens Across America, May 24-October 1.The exhibition will feature a selection of gardens nationwide and will spotlight the diversity and beauty of the more than 600 public gardens in the U.S.
The exhibits will range from rare and endangered plants to historic estates to modern oases.The collections and stories of 20 different gardens will be showcased throughout the grounds of the USBG. The gardens will 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.
Alexandria Waterfront Park
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 will take 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 will activate the Old Town Alexandria waterfront from March through November 2019. Image Credit: SOFTlab
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.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is exhibiting Perfume & Seduction, thru June 9. The exhibition features the finest examples of perfume bottles, gold boxes, porcelain objects, and other eighteenth-century luxury items that were used in the bathing and dressing ritual known as la toilette. This special exhibition presents examples of objects from Hillwood's collection that represent the finest luxury objects used in this elaborate ritual. A selection of objects from private European collections complements Marjorie Post’s collection. The exhibition features a display of Marjorie’s toilette table, dressing gown, lace, and other accessories, as well as images of her daughter Dina Merrill’s cosmetic line, which was featured in Vogue.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens will exhibit Mid-Century Master: The Photography of Alfred Eisenstaedt, June 8-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 will feature nearly fifty Eisenstaedt photographs & ephemera from his career in photojournalism.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens will have their annual French Festival on July 13. There will be French amusements from the 1700s in celebration of Bastille Day and Hillwood's French decorative arts collection. The day of fun for the whole family will include:
Making and wearing a French bergère - or Napoleon hat The festivities of French court depicted in a short play The best of baroque dance & a lesson in courtly manners with New York Baroque Dance Company Music of the 1700s with Kevin Shannon’s baroque guitar Hillwood’s beautiful gardens The exquisite collection of French decorative arts from the 1700s collected by Marjorie Merriweather Post.
Performances take place in the airy and open shelter of the C. W. Post courtyard tent, and the visitor center theater. Outdoor games and garden talks are weather dependent.
Tudor Place in Georgetown will have their 27th Annual Spring Garden Party on May 22.The event - co-hosted by Beth Clifton and Whitney Rosenthal – will honor former trustee Bruce Whelihan, a stalwart and longtime supporter. The Foggy Bottom Whomp-Stompers will perform Prohibition-era jazz live.
Images below: A collage of views of a previous Garden Party
President Woodrow Wilson House will exhibit Migrations: New Works by contemporary painter & multimedia artist Helen Zughaib May 23-July 28. Her site-specific mixed media installation explores the contemporary consequences of the post-World War I peace through the lens of the current Syria conflict and the mass migration it has triggered. Zughaib’s works have been exhibited widely in the US, Europe, and Lebanon and have been gifted to heads of state by President Obama and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.