Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardensis exhibiting From Ingenue to Icon: 70 Years of Fashion, thru December 31. The exhibition is the first to focus on the style of the late Marjorie Post, who founded Hillwood. The heiress and business woman had a lifelong passion for quality, including clothes that were exceptionally beautiful and impeccably designed. The exhibition and the accompanying archival materials and portraits offer insights into the changes in American fashion from the early 1900s to the 1970s. They also offer a new perspective on Marjorie Post's life, her sense of self, and the changing times in which she lived. The exhibition “draws from Hillwood's collection of more than 175 dresses and over 300 accessories, including shoes, hats, gloves, and purses.”
The Gardens at Tudor Place in Georgetown are open every Tuesday through Sunday for self-guided walks, but on the fourth Fridays in spring and fall, visitors can enjoy a 45-minute guided tour. Upcoming tours will be on September 25 & October 23. An expert on gardens and landscape history traces the history and horticulture of the estate's centuries-old trees, heirloom plants and flowers, and English boxwood.
Image below: A view of Tudor Place and the gardens
The U.S. Botanic Garden is exhibiting Exposed: The Secret Life of Roots thru Summer, 2015. The exhibition features the work of agricultural ecologist Dr. Jerry Glover, photographer Jim Richardson and sculptor Steve Tobin “to showcase the importance of roots through visually stunning displays, root representations and educational materials." There are hosting classes, children’s activities and demonstrations associated with the exhibition and more.
The Kennedy Center, in collaboration with the U.S. Botanic Garden, will present The Cerulean Time Capsuleat the Garden's Conservatory September 12-October 25. The immersive, interactive and site-specific theatrical adventure is about a botanist who has time traveled from the year 2041 and needs help in finding the mythic "Cerulean Time Capsule" in order to save the world! In the 30-minute program, small groups “are whisked all around the Conservatory on a botanical adventure of a lifetime." The program will be performed throughout the day on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s most enjoyed by age 7 and up.
The Kennedy Center, in collaboration with the U.S. Botanic Garden, will present the world premiere musical Flowers Stinkon the outdoor Amphitheatre stage at the U.S. Botanic Garden on select days, September 23-October 25. It’s the story of a girl struggling with “writing a nature-themed poem when she gets some help from two zany and loveable plants who magically come to life in her room.” The 45-minute show is recommended for ages 7+.
The annual Wings of FancyLive Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit is on display in the South Conservatory at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton thru October 25. The focus is on “butterflies in your backyard, and the host plants that local caterpillars need in order to survive and thrive." Visitors can learn about the life cycle of butterflies and be surrounded by hundreds of North American, Costa Rican and Asian butterflies flying freely inside the Conservatory. Visitors can also learn how to attract butterflies to their gardens with an informative brochure titled Gardening for Butterflies.
Gardens & Groves - George Washington's Landscape at Mount Vernon - is on view thru May 30, 2016 in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. The exhibition is the first to focus specifically on Washington's achievements as a landscape designer. The image below of the East Front of Mount Vernon is attributed to Edward Savage (ca 1787-1792). The oil on canvas offers the earliest known view of Mount Vernon as seen from the east and is a bequest of Helen W. Thompson (1964) - The photo is by Harry Connolly.