The U.S. Botanic Garden is exhibiting Savage Gardens: The Real and Imaginary World of Carnivorous Plants through October 8 in the Conservatory Terrace, East Gallery and the National Garden. The exhibition tells the story of how carnivorous plants lure, catch, kill and digest insects and how they adapt to inhospitable habitats. Beds full of carnivorous plants are shown, plus a live bog garden. More than 95 percent of the original carnivorous plant habitats along the U.S. southeast coastal plain have been destroyed. The exhibition combines science, botany and hands-on activities to demonstrate the wonders of carnivorous plants and to tell about the importance of preserving the delicate environments in which they live. Four larger-than-life sculptures provide “a bugs-eye perspective” of four carnivorous plants:
The 10-foot-tall Tropical Pitcher Plant, which invites visitors to step inside to imagine the fate of an unlucky insect. Seven North American Pitcher Plant sculptures - up to 15 feet tall with brilliant color illuminated from within. The 9-foot-tall Venus flytrap sculpture which replicates the closing of the “trap” through the use of hydraulics. The Sundew, which comes to life as fiber optics illuminate more than 500 hundred of the sculpture’s tentacles.
Now-September 23: Summer Display: Summer Edibles and Some Are Not Now-September 16: Wings of Fancy - Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit June 30 & July 1: Annual Lily Show sponsored by the Potomac Lily Society
Lilies - Photo courtesy of Brookside Gardens - Click to enlarge
The Gardens of Friendship Heights in the Spring of 2012 are the subject of a new video which can be seen by clicking on the arrow below.
The music playing in the background is the theme from Felix Mendelssohn's "Spring Song."
The Bishop's Garden at Washington National Cathedral
The Bishop's Garden at Washington National Cathedral was severely damaged by the collapse of a large crane that followed the earthquake last Fall. Click on the arrow below to see a new video about the Garden, its history and planned restoration.
Mount Vernon is offering Garden & Landscape Tours daily, through October 28. The 30-minute guided walking tours examine George Washington's design for the grounds around Mount Vernon. Visitors can see some of the estate’s original trees, and learn how Washington merged areas for work and leisure to create a master plan for his home.