The 8th Annual DC Design House will be located at a new country estate in McLean, VA, and will be open at select times, April 11-May 10. Twenty-three of the DC area’s top design firms have been selected to design the 27 spaces in the house. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Children’s National Health System. The 8,869-square-foot home replicates an Old American Farmhouse such as might be found in Virginia's rich countryside, but the house will offer all the amenities of modern living. A Bare Bones Tour is scheduled for Saturday, February 28from 12 noon to 3 p.m.
Glen Echo Park will offer a House Tour on Saturday, March 7 to support the arts and cultural programs at the park.The tour will feature two “beautifully-restored historic castles and two remarkable contemporary homes.”The special event will include:
·a welcome presentation held in Glen Echo Park’s Ballroom Annex ·self-guided access to two castles and two contemporary homes ·shuttle transportation running continuously ·a wine & cheese reception at the Park’s Stone Tower Gallery
In celebration of Orchid Month, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens will offer tours of the Greenhouse, featuring the Orchid Collection, on select days in March.Marjorie Post had the greenhouses built at Hillwood to house her extensive collection of exotic orchids and cut flowers grown for floral arrangements.Jason Gedeik, head of greenhouse design and operations, will lead short tours of the working greenhouse, highlighting its history, Mrs. Post’s love for orchids, and the exotic blooms and fragrances on display.
Images at right: Orchids at Hillwood & the Greenhouse.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is exhibiting Splendor and Surprise: Elegant Containers, Antique to Modern, thru June 7. Marjorie Merriweather Post amassed hundreds of boxes and containers for her private homes, and the exhibition includes all manner of containers featuring everything from contemporary objets d‘art to resplendent antique vessels in silver and gold. The exhibition “explores the beauty and myriad functions of vessels created for containment and is on display in the Dacha.”
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." In the spring, the terrace raised gardens will highlight living specimens of prairie plants and edible roots. Beginning in March and going through the summer there will be hosting classes, programs, children’s activities and demonstrations associated with the exhibition.
The Smithsonian Natural History Museum & The U.S. Botanic Garden is exhibiting Orchids: Interlocking Science and Beauty, thru April 26 at the Museum. (The exhibition was displayed in 2014 at the Botanic Garden.) Every day, the exhibition “displays more than 300 orchids and explores the crossroads where orchid botany, horticulture, and technology connect, featuring orchids from the orchid collections of the Smithsonian Gardens and the Botanic Garden. The exhibit “looks at how new ideas, technologies, and inventions change the way we study, protect, and enjoy orchids.”
Click on the arrow at rights to see a video about "Orchid Symphony," which the Museum & Botanic Garden displayed in 2014 at the Botanic Garden.
Brookside Gardens began a massive makeover in 2014, when they broke ground on Phase I and II of their Master Plan. Though the construction will focus on a limited section of the Gardens, the changes will be transformative. As part of the process, they have canceled a number of larger events which would normally take place, including the Garden of Lights Show,Earth Day Festival, St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt, Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit, Native Plant Sale, Spring and Fall Lecture Series, Summer Twilight Concert Series, many plant shows and sales, Children’s Day and the Pumpkin Panache Family Festival.
Garden & Groves: George Washington’s Landscape at Mount Vernon is on view thru May 30, 2016 in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. The museum exhibition is the first to focus specifically on Washington’s achievements as a landscape designer. Rarely-seen original documents, artworks, and books are displayed, along with period garden tools, gorgeous landscape photography, and a scale model of the Mount Vernon estate.
Image at right: East Front of Mount Vernon, attributed to Edward Savage, ca. 1787-1792; oil on canvas - In the earliest known view of Mount Vernon from the east, the artist captured the short-lived "paddock of deer," inside the picketed fence in the left foreground. The fence was not visible from the yard, creating the intended illusion that the deer roamed wild. Bequest of Helen W. Thompson, 1964 (H-2445/A) - Photograph by Harry Connolly
Mount Vernon is exhibiting Nine Paintings from John Chapman in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center Museum thru May 30, 2016. Chapman painted the series of nine romantic landscapes depicting historic sites from the first president’s life one hundred years after George Washington’s birth.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon can now be seen via “an immersive virtual tour.” The tour features 29 stunning, 360-degree panoramic images, more than 200 points of interest, and dozens of in-depth videos highlighting architectural details, objects, and anecdotes. The virtual tour “recreates the experience of being at the estate in an unparalleled way.” To take the tour, visit www.mountvernon.org/virtualtour Click on the arrows designating various place inside and outside of the house.