The U.S. Botanic Garden & Smithsonian Gardens are presenting the Annual Joint Orchid Show in the Kogod Courtyard of the National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum, thru April 28.The theme of the installation is Amazing Adaptations, and hundreds of orchids of stunning variety fill the Courtyard. The installation showcases how orchids have adapted to their many different environments and can be found on every continent except Antarctica. The installation is part of Habitat, a Smithsonian Gardens–wide exhibition exploring the importance of habitats and how we can help protect them. Habitat is the first in a series of changing exhibitions connecting all of Smithsonian Gardens’ spaces with a single theme. From 2019 to 2020, Habitat will feature a variety of indoor and outdoor displays, exhibits, and educational programs.
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 activations 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
The Garden Club of Virginia will present Historic Garden Week, April 27-May 4.The tour in Old Town Alexandria will open the events on April 27. House & Garden Tours will be offered Statewide. More than 250 of Virginia's most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks will participate in "America's Largest Open House." Visitors will have a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia's springtime color, plus beautiful houses with over 2,300 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members. Tour proceeds will fund the restoration and preservation of more than 40 of Virginia's historic public gardens and landscapes, a research fellowship program, and a Garden Club of Virginia Centennial project with Virginia State Parks.
Image below:A view of a garden featured in the tour in 2016 - courtesy of Virginia Garden Week.
The annual Chevy Chase Garden Tour will take place on May 18. The tour will feature eight charming private gardens. The Garden Boutique will feature myrtle topiaries, annuals, herbs and unique garden-related items. Refreshments will be offered for purchase. The Garden Club of Chevy Chase is a member of the Garden Club of America and the National Garden Clubs, Inc.
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St. John’s Episcopal Church will host the annual Georgetown House Tour on April 27 to raise funds for ministry and outreach. The Tour always features a number of Georgetown’s most beautiful homes that are within easy walking distance and can be visited at your own pace and in your preferred order. The tour price includes a House Tour Magazinethat serves as admission to each home, and includes a map of the houses along with historic information and background on each house. The tour also includes a Parish Tea at Blake Hall and an Architects and Designer’s Panel Discussion featuring four renowned Georgetown architects and interior designers.They will speak about classic and modern residential design in the Georgetown neighborhood.
Image below: The flyer for The Georgetown House Tour
The Georgetown Garden Club of Washington, DC will present the 91st garden tour on May 11.The tour will be self-guided, and the gardens may be visited in any order. The tour will feature seven beautiful and interesting hidden Georgetown gardens. Most gardens are within a few blocks of each other (some closer). There will be gardens on both the East and West sides of Georgetown. The boutique will sell aprons and totes, and the club’s book, Gardens of Georgetown. The Georgetown Garden Club is a non-profit organization. All proceeds from the Tour are returned to Georgetown, to its parks and recreation facilities, to its green spaces and beautiful trees, and to conservation scholarships.
Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA) will have the annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale April 27-28.The offerings will include rare and hard-to-find plants as well as tried and true favorites. Presenters will offer expert advice on-site “to guide you through selecting plants for that tricky spot in your garden.” The event will take place on the North Terrace of the Administration Building, right in the heart of the Arboretum, adjacent to the Herb Garden, Capitol Columns, and blooming Azalea Collections.
Image below: A view of a previous Garden Fair & Plant Sale - courtesy of FONA.
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland will present the annual Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillart Exhibit in the South Conservatory, April 17-September 22.As visitors enter, they will be 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.
All Hallows Guild, the organization which has been caring for the Washington National Cathedral grounds since 1916, will present the 80th annual Flower Marton May 3 & 4.The event is Washington’s premier outdoor family festival. The theme this year will be a celebration of the contributions of bees and butterflies to the Garden. The countless diversions offered by the Flower Mart will include:
Garden plants for sale, 70 boutique booths, A ride on the Cathedral’s historic carousel, A White Elephant Tent Gardening advice from the Cathedral's horticulture staff Food booths Activities for children An Floral Display by Washington Embassies Free entertainment A climb up the Cathedral Tower - and much more.
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.
Tudor Place in Georgetown will have their annual Eggstravaganza! on April 13, 18, 19 & 20.The event begins with a lively egg hunt and egg roll on the South Lawn of the estate & features craft projects such as decorating a festive animal magnet, making a jumbo egg-hanging decoration, & playing traditional children’s games. There are also photo ops with the Easter Bunny.The outdoor events will take place rain or shine, so visitors are advised to dress for the weather. Each child must bring a basket, a hard-boiled egg, and a spoon to participate.
Tudor Place in Georgetown will have The Fourth Annual Earth Day Plant Sale & Picnic on April 28.It’s a once-a-year opportunity to enjoy a picnic on the grounds of the historic estate.Visitors should “bring your own picnic and blanket.”The event takes place rain or shine! The Plant Sale will feature heirloom and native sun-to-shade perennials, herbs and other edible plants for the garden, plus tropicals and houseplants. Purchases at the Plant Sale support conservation and education at Tudor Place. Image below: A view of a previous Earth Day Plant Sale & Picnic.
Art at Wilson House: Wilson and the World, featuring Migrations: New Works by Helen Zughaib, will be on view May 23-July 28.A site-specific mixed media installation by the artist explores the contemporary consequences of the postwar peace negotiated after World War I through the lens of the current Syria conflict and the mass migrationit has triggered. Her 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. To read more about the exhibition, visit www.woodrowwilsonhouse.org/