The U.S. Botanic Garden will display the annual Season's Greening: America's Gardens, November 28-January 5, 2020.Visitors will be able to “explore botanic gardens from Hawaii to Maine in this year’s holiday show! Plant based recreations of conservatories, fountains, and sculptures will fill the model train room. These will include iconic gardens scenes like Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s vibrant red Japanese torii gate, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ flamingo topiaries, Missouri Botanical Garden’s famous Climatron conservatory, and Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Rocket Garden featuring NASA space nodes and rockets! The Conservatory will be filled with thousands of flowers, including a showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettia varieties. The Gardens’ traditional display of D.C. landmarks made from plant materials will return to fill the Garden Court, and the West Gallery will feature a decorated tree with its own model train.
Image below: A display at a previous Season's Greening
The U.S. Botanic Garden is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the garden’s original 1820 charter with creation of a custom sculpture by renowned stickwork artist Patrick Dougherty. The sculpture will stand throughout the 2020 celebratory year. Dougherty is known around the world for “his installations woven from plant materials, which celebrate nature through both materials and visually flowing lines. The USBG began the project by harvesting saplings of invasive plants from area locations, and volunteers and USBG employees worked with Dougherty and his team over three weeks to create the unique installation. Saharah Moon Chapotin, U.S. Botanic Garden executive director, has commented that “We hope visitors will explore the installation, think about the many ways we interact with plants throughout each day, and be inspired by both the beauty and function plants give to us.” Throughout the 2020 bicentennial year, the USBG will present a special exhibit celebrating plant exploration and the Garden’s history dating back to founding fathers George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison, as well as unique programs, workshops, lectures, festivals, tours, and more. Image below: Artist Patrick Dougherty weaving the installation at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
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.
St. Albans School Christmas House Tour & Boutiques
St. Albans School will present their annual Christmas House Tour & Boutiques on December 6 & 7.A St. Albans annual tradition since 1983, the Tour is the primary fundraiser of the Parents’ Association and a community celebration.
The event includes a walkable tour of beautiful residences in the Cleveland Park neighborhood and features the residence of the Dean of the Cathedral.The boutiques will be at Cafritz Refectory at St. Albans School.
Dumbarton House, Anderson House and the President Woodrow Wilson House will have an Open House titled Holidays Through History on December 6.Visitors can enjoy tours of the three festively decorated historic houses and sample historic cocktails unique to each site. Please note that Dumbarton House is not Dumbarton Oaks!
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD is displaying the annual Garden of Lights, thru January 1, 2020 - except on November 19-22 and December 24-25.The magical winter wonderland is illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, sparkling fountains, and whimsical winter scenes. Inside the Conservatory, visitors can enjoy watching G-Scale model trains wind through a seasonal landscape. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while sipping hot cocoa and listening to one of the nightly musical performances.
The new Cultivate Magazine highlighting Brookside Gardens’fall-winter programming is now available and can be downloaded at https://s3.amazonaws.com/
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 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
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."