The U.S. Botanic Garden will exhibit the annual Season's Greenings, Thanksgiving Day-January 4. The event features a tropical paradise, one of the largest indoor decorated trees in Washington, a poinsettia showcase and much more. The fantasy model train display in the East Gallery will chug along a track through imaginative structures created with plant materials. The theme this year will be the seven seas, with lighthouses used to “navigate the way through the scenic wonderland.” Models of many of the capital's landmark buildings, recreated from natural materials, will be on display in the Garden Court.
Click on the arrow at right to see a brief video featuring "Season's Greenings" at the U.S. Botanic Garden in 2013, when the theme was "World Fairs."
BROOKSIDE GARDENS "GARDEN OF LIGHTS SHOW" CANCELED
Montgomery Parks has canceled the 2014 Garden of Lights Show at Brookside Gardens due to ongoing construction. Although the construction will make huge improvements to Brookside Gardens’ entrance and parking areas, they will not be ready or safe for visitor use in time for the show to go on. For details, visit http://BrooksideGardens.orgor http://MontgomeryParks.org
Brookside Gardens Chrysanthemum Display
Brookside Gardens Conservatories is presenting a Chrysanthemum Display thru November 16. The display features plants of all shapes, sizes, flower types and colors, including miniature plants that resemble bonsai trees, vertical panels of flowers almost six feet tall, familiar mounds of garden chrysanthemums, branched sprays of flowers, and even unusual single stem plants that carry one huge flower at the top.
Brookside Gardens 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 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.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens will present a brief tour titled Gardener's Focus: Specialty Mums at Hillwood, led by Drew Asbury, head grower in the Greenhouse, on Sunday November 9. Mr. Asbury will highlight the specialty mums, and visitors can learn how gardeners continue the 55-year tradition of propagating chrysanthemums for fresh-cut flowers which are used in the mansion’s weekly floral arrangements. Hillwood grows over 50 different types of chrysanthemums in an array of fall colors.
Tudor Place, the historic estate in Georgetown, is offering Guided Garden Tours titled Historic & Growing: The Tudor Place Landscape on select Tuesdays, now through October 28. Visitors can walk across 5.5 acres - and two centuries of landscape design - as they learn about the history and horticulture of centuries-old trees, heirloom plants and flowers and fragrant English boxwood. Guides will identify the many varieties cultivated here over time, and will explain how four owners over six generations of one family “cared for and embellished the landscape, while Georgetown and the Federal city grew around it."
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