The 2016 DC Design House will be a five-story home at 2509 Foxhall Road, NW in DC's Wesley Heights/Berkley neighborhood. Topdecorators from the DC area will transform 21 spaces both inside and outside, and the house will be open from October 1-30. The 11,242 square-foot house was built in 2010 and is listed for sale for $10.8 million by Washington Fine Properties. The French ambassador most recently occupied the house as a temporary residence. The property includes 7 bedrooms, 8 full and 2 half baths, 5 fireplaces, and an infinity pool. Proceeds from the house will benefit the Children's National Health System.
There will NOT be a Potomac Country House Tourthis year. The presenters reportedly hope to resume the popular tour in 2017.
George Washington's Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon will open a new exhibition titled Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernonon October 1. The exhibition will “share the personal stories of the enslaved people who lived and worked at Mount Vernon and explore the first president’s evolving views on slavery.”
Image below: The Mount Vernon greenhouse, reconstructed between 1950 and 1953 based on Washington's original structure. The wings of the brick structure contained slave quarters. Photo by John Henley – Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.
Mount Vernon opened The Chintz Room, formerly known as the Nelly Custis Bedchamber, after two years of research and restoration work, on May 7. Mount Vernon senior vice president Carol B. Cadou has commented that “The careful research carried out by Historic Preservation and Collections staff is breathing new life into this space. This room will give visitors a real taste of the vibrancy of the late 18th century.” An original crib, given to Nelly Custis Lewis by Martha Washington in 1799, will be returned to the room.
Photo below: The Chintz Room – Photo by Rob Shenk – courtesy of The Mount Vernon Ladies Association.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens will exhibit Four Seasons, the first-ever installation of art in the gardens, October 1-March 31, 2017. Contemporary American artist & filmmaker Philip Haas’s sculptures will “bring a monumental interpretation of Italian Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s famous botanical paintings.” “Lush foliage, colorful blooms, and vegetation native to each of the seasons will be spectacularly transformed into four larger than life, three-dimensional portrait busts.” Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter will be represented through the depiction of a portrait rendered in botanical materials such as flowers, fruits, vegetables, and branches."
Images below: Views of Philip Haas’s "Four Seasons”
The U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) will exhibit the annual Season's GreeningsNovember 24-January 2. Thousands of flowers will be in bloom throughout the Conservatory, including exotic orchids and new varieties of poinsettia. The event will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, and will feaure one of the DC area's largest indoor trees decked out with ornaments from national parks. Model trains “will chug around, below, through, and above plant-based recreations of iconic national parks and historic places, including the Grand Canyon, Old Faithful Inn, the Gateway Arch, Mount Vernon, the Statue of Liberty, and many more.” The USBG’s collection of D.C. landmarks, all made from natural materials, will again fill the Garden Court, and visitors can “immerse themselves in the sights, smells, and sounds of the season.
PLEASE NOTE: The USBG advises that “The best times to visit Season's Greenings are weekdays early in December or on select Tuesday and Thursday evenings in December when the Conservatory is open until 8 p.m. - with live seasonal music.”
Image below: A view of a previous Model Train Display at the USBG.
The U.S. Botanic Garden is exhibiting Flora of the National Parks, thru October 2 in the Conservatory West Gallery. The art exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and showcases some of the plant species and communities found throughout the more than 400 national parks. The parks contain a diverse representation of the North American flora. Illustrations and photographs “take you on a tour of the beauty and importance of the American flora.”
The U.S. Botanic Garden is exhibiting Flourish Inside and Out, thru October 2 in the Conservatory East Gallery and Terrace. The focus is on “how nature can improve human health and wellbeing. Demonstrated through accessible gardens, adaptive tools, engaging programs, and vignettes showcasing the intersection of humans and nature, a visit to the Garden highlights how people flourish through interactions with plants.” The exhibit is a collaboration with the Chicago Botanic Garden's Buehler Enabling Garden and is designed to motivate visitors to find their place through nature!”
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland will exhibit The Garden of Lights November 25-January 1 (except December 24 & 25). More than one million dazzling colorful lights will be shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Visitors can stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Inside the Conservatory, G-Scale model trains will wind through a seasonal landscape in the Winter Display and Garden Railway Exhibit. There will be hot cocoa and nightly musical performances in the Visitors Center.
Image below: A view of a previous Brookside Garden of Lights.
Dumbarton House museum and offices in Georgetown will close temporarily from October 23 to April 2017 for replacement of the heating, ventilation and cooling system.
Image below: Dumbarton House
Tudor Place Gardens
The Gardens at Tudor Place in Georgetown are open every Tuesday through Sunday for self-guided walks, and on the fourth Fridays, April thru October, visitors can enjoy guided tours. 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.