Friendship Heights Village Center & Park in the Summer of 2017
Gardens & Homes
The entrance to The Elizabeth Condominium in the Summer of 2017
Alexandria Tour of Homes
The TWIG will present the 2017 Alexandria Tour of Homes, sponsored by Joe Hadeed, on September 23.The TWIG is the Junior Auxiliary of Inova Alexandria Hospital.Eight lovely homes and gardens in Old Town Alexandria will be showcased on the Tour, which is now in its 76th year. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the history and design of the unique homes, all of which are located on North Columbus Street and within easy walking distance of each other. The buildings on display date from the turn of the 19th century to the present.Current uses of the homes show how to retain historic essence while modernizing, living easily in a small space, and experiencing the joys of living green.
Image below: A rendering of one of the homes which will be featured on the tour.
The 10th Annual DC Design House will be open September 30-October 29 and is a 23-room houseat 9004 Congressional Court in Potomac, Maryland. Twenty-three designers will decorate the spaces, and there will be four boutiques, a Decade of Design Celebration and special events throughout the month in the home’s ballroom – plus a daily café onsite. The boutiques will be:Ibhana Creations by Meena Tharmaratnam, Whyte House Monograms by Debbie McCarthy Whyte, Jeff L Designs by Jeff LiaBraaten and Coco Blanca. Proceeds from the house tour will benefit the Children’s National Health System.
Image above:The exterior of the DC Design House. Photo by HomeVisit.
As part of their Centennial Celebration, All Hallows Guild at Washington National Cathedral recently completed a brief video highlighting the Guild’s first 100 years of service to the Cathedral gardens.The video provides information about the history of the Cathedral gardens and offers many fine views of the Cathedral itself - as well as the remarkable Gardens.
Click on the image below to see the video.
U.S. Botanic Garden
The U.S. Botanic Garden is exhibiting You Can Grow It!in the Conservatory Terrace and East Gallery, thru October 15. The exhibit “helps experienced and novice gardeners alike to have more fruitful indoor and outdoor gardening experiences. Wander the Terrace and the exhibit Gallery to explore the basics of growing plants and investigate solutions for many common plant problems. Along the way, discover foolproof plants, learn about the right plant for the right place and person, and even pick up a few specialty horticulture techniques for plants requiring a little extra care.” The exhibit is designed for all skill levels of gardening.
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton is displaying their annual Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit thru September 17. 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.”
Tudor Place Historic House & Garden in Georgetown will host a Brews, Booze & Bites: American History Food Festivalon Saturday, September 16. A National Historic Landmark, Tudor Place was completed in 1816, lived in by six generations of a single family, and opened to the public in 1988.
Tudor Place “preserves, interprets, and shares with the public and scholars the rich resources of its architecture, history, collections, and archives.”
Festival participants can “lounge on the lawn and sample the best of local bakers, brewers, chefs, confectioners, and distillers, while grooving to DC’s best – some say only – Prohibition-era jazz band, the Foggy Bottom Whomp-Stompers, playing your favorites from the 1920s and '30s.
Enjoy victuals and beverages chosen with an eye to Tudor Place history and/or our region's culinary traditions. One all-inclusive ticket covers quaffs and tastings -- and traditional outdoor lawn games -- recalling notable moments in the past of the estate, the region, and our nation.”
Images below: The poster for Brews, Booze & Bites: American History Food Festivaland photos from a previous Festival.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is exhibiting Spectacular: Gems & Jewelry from the Marjorie Post Collection, thru January 1, 2018.Nearly sixty pieces that once belonged to Marjorie Merriweather Post, one of the greatest jewelry collectors of the twentieth century, “tell the story behind some of the remarkable stones and the jewelry into which they were transformed.”
Her collection “represented the finest assembly of gems and historical and twentieth-century jewelry in America. She commissioned great pieces from the most important jewelry firms of her time including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston, and Verdura and many others…..
New and previously unseen pieces from the Merriweather Post collection are an added highlight of this exhibition.”
George Washington’s Mount Vernonwill have the annual Colonial Market & Fairon September 16 & 17.Colonial-attired artisans will demonstrate 18th-century crafts and sell traditional wares such as baskets, woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leather-workings, weavings, furniture, and much more.
“General Washington”will be on hand to oversee 18th-century entertainment including music, a balloon-launch, fire-eating, puppet and magic shows, plus hearty specialty food for sale on site.
“Costumed interpreters will demonstrate the 18th-century chocolate-making process using an authentic colonial recipe! ”
Image below: The earliest known view of Mount Vernon - as seen from the east- The image is a bequest of Helen W. Thompson (1964)- The photo of the painting is by Harry Connolly.
The American History Museum is exhibiting Cultivating America’s Gardens. The theme of the exhibition is “how garden-making has evolved over time, shaped by history, social attitudes, the environment, and new ideas. Illustrating this history with books and other materials from their vast holdings, the Smithsonian Libraries and Smithsonian Gardens take visitors on a special kind of garden tour.”
An aerial view of the Haupt Garden near the Smithsonian Castle - Photo by Eric Long of the Smithsonian
Dumbarton Oaks Museum & Gardens
The Gardens at Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown are temporarily closed to the public until March 15, 2018. During that time, the estate will make large-scale improvements to the gardens’ water-supply network as well as enhancement of storm-water management throughout the property.