The Twig’s annual Alexandria Historic Homes Tour will take place on Saturday, September 26. Visitors can “step inside and get a glimpse of six gorgeous homes and gardens in Old Town Alexandria, all within walking distance of one another.” The Twig is the Junior Auxiliary of Inova Alexandria Hospital, and proceeds from the tour will benefit the hospital.
Images below: A Living Room & Bedroom seen on a homes tour.
Potomac Country House Tour will take place October 3 & 4 and will feature three homes in Potomac, Maryland, a carriage house, boutiques featuring gifts and accessories and more. There will be many activities at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac, including a luncheon. All of the proceeds from Potomac Country House Tour and Festival are distributed to St. Francis’s outreach partners, helping fund programs addressing homelessness, hunger, women's and children's issues, and elderly care.
Image below: Villa Dei Leoni - one of the houses on the tour.
All Hallows Guild, which oversees the Gardens & Grounds at Washington National Cathedral, will present Birdwalks with experienced birder Sheila Cochran in the Olmsted Woods on Thursday, September 17 & Thursday, September 24. Olmsted Woods is a 5-acre Beech Forest on the grounds of the Cathedral. The walks are free and do not require a reservation. Those wishing to attend should meet on Pilgrim Road at the George Washington statue at 8:30 am. The guild advises that binoculars and walking shoes add to the experience. Tour information and group tour reservations are available by calling 202 537-2319. The Guild and the Cathedral Visitors Department will offer a docent-led tour of the Bishop’s Garden, followed by a catered “high” Tea, on October 14. The tea will take place in the paneled St. Paul Room of the South Tower, from which the views are magnificent. Reservations are required ($30 per person) and may be made online at http://www.tea.cathedral.org or by calling 202 537-5581. Attendees will meet at 1:30 pm in the nave of the Cathedral on the West Front side (Wisconsin Avenue side).
Image below: The Cathedral as seen from the Bishop's Garden
The Gardens at Tudor Place in Georgetown are open every Tuesday through Sunday for self-guided walks, but on the fourth Fridays in spring and fall, visitors can enjoy a 45-minute guided tour. Upcoming tours will be on September 25 & October 23. 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.
Image below: A view of Tudor Place and the gardens
Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardensis exhibiting From Ingenue to Icon: 70 Years of Fashion, thru December 31. The exhibition is the first to focus on the style of the late Marjorie Post, who founded Hillwood. The heiress and business woman had a lifelong passion for quality, including clothes that were exceptionally beautiful and impeccably designed. The exhibition and the accompanying archival materials and portraits offer insights into the changes in American fashion from the early 1900s to the 1970s. They also offer a new perspective on Marjorie Post's life, her sense of self, and the changing times in which she lived. The exhibition “draws from Hillwood's collection of more than 175 dresses and over 300 accessories, including shoes, hats, gloves, and purses.”
The U.S. Botanic Garden will exhibit Illustrating Hidden Treasures: Botanical Art by Wendy Hollenderin the West Gallery September 1-October 25. Visitors can “explore the below-ground structures of plants through the botanical displays." The celebrated artist owns her own farm in the Catskills where she lives, farms, and draws.
The Kennedy Center, in collaboration with the U.S. Botanic Garden, will present The Cerulean Time Capsuleat the Garden's Conservatory September 12-October 25. The immersive, interactive and site-specific theatrical adventure is about a botanist who has time traveled from the year 2041 and needs help in finding the mythic "Cerulean Time Capsule" in order to save the world! In the 30-minute program, small groups “are whisked all around the Conservatory on a botanical adventure of a lifetime." The program will be performed throughout the day on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s most enjoyed by age 7 and up.
The Kennedy Center, in collaboration with the U.S. Botanic Garden, will present the world premiere musical Flowers Stinkon the outdoor Amphitheatre stage at the U.S. Botanic Garden on select days, September 23-October 25. It’s the story of a girl struggling with “writing a nature-themed poem when she gets some help from two zany and loveable plants who magically come to life in her room.” The 45-minute show is recommended for ages 7+.
The annual Wings of FancyLive Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit is on display in the South Conservatory at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton thru October 25. The focus is on “butterflies in your backyard, and the host plants that local caterpillars need in order to survive and thrive." Visitors can learn about the life cycle of butterflies and be surrounded by hundreds of North American, Costa Rican and Asian butterflies flying freely inside the Conservatory. Visitors can also learn how to attract butterflies to their gardens with an informative brochure titled Gardening for Butterflies.
Brookside Gardens will have their annual Fall Chrysanthemum Display, October 10-November 29 in the North Conservatory. The Conservatory Winter Display & Garden Railway Exhibit will be on view December 5-January 3 in the Brookside Gardens Conservatories – except for December 24 & 25.
Image below: A previous Chrysanthemum Display at Brookside Gardens.
Gardens & Groves - George Washington's Landscape at Mount Vernon - is on view thru May 30, 2016 in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. The exhibition is the first to focus specifically on Washington's achievements as a landscape designer. The image below of the East Front of Mount Vernon is attributed to Edward Savage (ca 1787-1792). The oil on canvas offers the earliest known view of Mount Vernon as seen from the east and is a bequest of Helen W. Thompson (1964) - The photo is by Harry Connolly.