In the Spring, Chevy Chase - like much of the D.C. area - is adorned with an abundance of beautiful flowers, and this year is no exception. Go to the end of this column to see several Springtime views of Chevy Chase, and of Friendship Heights in particular.
Hillwood Spring Garden Tours
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is offering Spring Garden Tours, thru June 26. The seasonal tours of the estate’s thirteen acres of formal gardens take place Tuesdays through Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the visitor center upon opening each day. Each tour is about one hour long.
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 is displaying their annual Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit, thru September 25. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia as they soar among colorful flowers. Visitors can “learn about their amazing metamorphoses, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own 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.
The 2016 DC Design House will be a five-story home on Foxhall Road, NW, in DC's Wesley Heights/Berkley neighborhood, and 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 property includes 7 bedrooms, 8 full and 2 half baths, 5 fireplaces, and an infinity pool. More information will be available later.
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.