The U.S. Botanic Garden is exhibiting the annual Season's Greenings thru January 4. The display features one of the largest indoor decorated trees in Washington, a poinsettia showcase and much more. The theme this year is the seven seas, and fantasies abound, including a "dragon train," a sailing ship and much more. Model Trains in the East Gallery chugs past imaginative lighthouses created with plant materials. Models of many of the capital's landmark buildings, created from natural materials, are on display in the Garden Court.
Click on the arrow at right to see a brief video about "Seasons Greenings: 2014"
The Smithsonian Natural History Museum & The U.S. Botanic Garden will exhibit Orchids: Interlocking Science and Beauty, January 24-April 26 at the Museum. (The exhibition was displayed in 2014 at the Botanic Garden.) Every day, the exhibition “will display more than 300 orchids and will explore the crossroads where orchid botany, horticulture, and technology connect, featuring orchids from the orchid collection of the Smithsonian Gardens and the Botanic Garden. The exhibit “will look 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.
Montgomery Parks had to cancel the 2014 Garden of Lights Show at Brookside Gardens due to ongoing construction, but there are splendid exhibitions on view in the conservatories through January 11, including the Conservatory Winter Display and the Garden Railway Exhibit. The South Conservatory features a landscape in miniature, “as trains and trollies wind their way through town and country scenes, past one-of-a kind models of the Brookside Gardens Conservatories, the Dentzel Carousel and the Chautauqua Tower of Glen Echo Park.” There are colorful plantings in both greenhouses, including poinsetteas, bouganvillea, salvia, snapdragons and much more.
Brookside Gardens, as mentioned above, is undergoing a massive makeover in 2014, as they break ground on Phase I and II of their Master Plan and install a new HVAC system. 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 this year, 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.
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.
George Washington's Landscape at Mount Vernon
Garden & Groves: George Washington’s Landscape at Mount Vernon is on view thru January 12, 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