The Annual Flower Mart at Washington National Cathedral
The Annual All Hallows Guild Flower Mart atWashington National Cathedralwill take place on Friday & Saturday, May 1 & 2. There will be "an irresistible array of festival foods, children’s rides, artisanal & boutique gifts and, of course, herbs & flowers, will once again fill the nave and grounds of Washington National Cathedral. Drawing locals and tourists alike since 1939, the festival of flowers and fun will feature traditional dance and musical performances and elaborate floral displays from the countries of Asia. The Flower Mart is the work of hundreds of All Hallows Guild volunteers whose efforts support the maintenance of the majestic 59-acres surrounding the Cathedral."
The Landon School in Bethesda in Bethesda will have their Azalea Garden Festival, Friday to Sunday, May 1-3. Visitors can tour the two-and-a-half acre Perkins Garden; shop at the Designer Den, where several interior designers and decorators will sell furniture and home accessories in Perkins Gym; and shop at the Plant Sale and the Specialty Boutiques. Entertainment will be provided by Landon student groups and individual performers, and there will be a pops concert with the Landon Symphonette. FunLand will offer children’s activities, and there will be a Student Art Show, plus a 5K race and a one-mile fun run.
The Smithsonian will present the annual Garden Fest 2015: Celebrating the American Garden Experience in the Enid A. Haupt Garden on the National Mall on May 8. This year’s Garden Fest will take place in conjunction with National Public Gardens Day and will promote Pollinator Partnership’s mission “to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research.” The Bay Jazz Project will provide musical entertainment throughout the day. Also, the Smithsonian Gardens Green Team will offer ‘Garbage to Garden’ activities for both children and children-at-heart. Activities will include ‘pot a plant,’ art-making, composting and canning demos, understanding archeology, worm-farming, and more!
The annual Gardens of Georgetown Tour will take place on Saturday May 9 and feature some of Georgetown's most attractive gardens. The tour always features a wide variety of gardens, including some with spacious sweeping lawns and majestic trees and others with intimate outside rooms. The tour is presented by the Georgetown Garden Club, and benefits local environmental and beautification projects. Christ Church, at 31st and O Streets NW, will be headquarters for the Tour, and there will be a unique Garden Boutique offering Haitian linens, handwoven silk textiles, garden statuary, fine porcelain vases, cutting boards, garden pots and many other garden-inspired goods. Tickets will include afternoon tea served at the church’s Keith Hall. A new book titled Gardens of Georgetownwill be available just in time for the Tour and will offer "an inside look at some of the most beautiful gardens in Georgetown. Free-spirited, formal, inspired, fanciful, intimate and grand, the gardens tell the story that is Georgetown. Exquisitely photographed by Jenny Gorman, with an insightful text by Edith Schafer..."
The 8th Annual DC Design House is located at a new country estate in McLean, VA, and is open at select times, thru May 10. Twenty-three of the DC area’s top design firms were 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 offers all the amenities of modern living.
President Woodrow Wilson House will have their annual Garden Party on May 13. There will be a competition for prizes for the best Spring Hats, plus live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in Wilson House Garden. Woodrow Wilson House is a financially self-sustaining site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Images below: Spring Hats worn at previous Garden Parties - Photos by Marcus Bennett
Tudor Place & Dumbarton Oaks, two of the most historic and splendid estates in Washington, will present Georgetown Garden Treasures on Saturday, May 30. The estates are less than two blocks apart in Georgetown. Tours of the gardens will be led by the horticulturalists who oversee and care for them: Gail Griffin, Dumbarton Oaks Director of Gardens & Grounds, and Suzanne Bouchard, Director of Gardens & Grounds at Tudor Place. Visitors can “learn how these storied landscapes at Dumbarton Oaks and Tudor Place have evolved aesthetically and functionally since the 1800s and the challenges surrounding their preservation today.”
Image at right: A view of the Gardens at Tudor Place
The Annual DuPont-Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend will take place on June 6 & 7. The popular event celebrates the art, history and culture of two of Washington’s historic neighborhoods and seven museums of the Dupont-Kalorama Museum Consortium. Each of museum features free admission and special activities for all ages and interests. The museums participating are sometimes referred to as “off the Mall,” and will include:
Anderson House (The Society of the Cincinnati), Dumbarton House, Heurich House Museum, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, National Museum of American Jewish Military History, The Phillips Collection, President Woodrow Wilson House * Please note that The Textile Museum has moved out of the neighborhood.
The Weekend Walk is a family event that draws thousands of visitors each year to the museums, and it offers a variety of activities for all ages. There will be special exhibitions, live music, food, hands-on demonstrations and more.
Free Shuttles will circulate among the sites, and schedules will be available at all sites.
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.
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.