The Garden Club of Virginia will present Historic Garden Week 2014, featuring House & Garden Tours offered Statewide, April 26-May 3. Tour proceeds fund the Restoration and Preservation of Virginia's Historic Gardens and Grounds. More than 250 of Virginia's most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks will be open during what is called America's Largest Open House and will begin in Old Town Alexandria on Saturday, April 26. Visit http://www.vagardenweek.org/tours-plan-your-visit.cfm#sthash.2wQfQLka.dpuf
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The Flower Mart at Washington National Cathedral
The Annual All Hallows Guild Flower Mart at Washington National Cathedral will take place on Friday & Saturday, May 2 & 3. There will be more than 80 gift vendors, 15 food vendors and musical performances throughout the weekend on the gardens and grounds of the Cathedral Close. All Hallows Guild is an all-volunteer group trusted with the care and upkeep of the Cathedral gardens and grounds.
A video featuring the 2013 Flower Mart can be seen by clicking on the arrow below.
The annual Georgetown Garden Tour of beautiful, secluded gardens will take place on Saturday, May 10. A tea for ticket-holders will take place at Christ Church’s Keith Hall. The Tour is sponsored by the Georgetown Garden Club to benefit local organizations, with emphasis on the preservation of gardens, parks and green spaces. The tea will feature cookies, tea sandwiches and sweets, all handmade by members of the club. There will also be a unique Garden Boutique which will offer topiaries, porcelain vases, and gardening tools for sale. Most gardens are within a few blocks of each other, and there will be gardens on both the East and West sides of Georgetown. The gardens may be visited in any order.
Image at right: "Katryna's Tulips" - Courtesy of the Georgetown Garden Club
The annual Georgetown House Tour will take place on April 26 and will feature eight to ten of Georgetown's most beautiful homes and their impressive gardens. Houses are arranged for easy walking at participants’ own pace and in their preferred order. A tour booklet for each participant will provide useful information, including a map of the houses. Parish Tea in Blake Hall at the historic St. John's Church is also included in the ticket price. The tea always features homemade tea sandwiches and sweets.
Tudor Place & Dumbarton Oaks, two of the most historic and splendid estates in Washington, will present Georgetown Garden Treasureson Saturday, May 17. The two estates are less than two blocks apart in Georgetown. Tours of the gardens will be led by the horticulturalists who oversee and care for them: Gail Griffin, Dumbarton Oaks Director of Gardens & Grounds, and Suzanne Bouchard, Director of Gardens & Grounds at Tudor Place. Image at right: A view of the Gardens at Tudor Place
The Landon School in Bethesda, MD will present their Azalea Garden Festival, a 3-day celebration, May 2-4. Visitors can tour the two-and-a-half acre Perkins Garden; shop at the Bearly Used Collection including antiques, home accessories and collectables; and shop at the Plant Sale and the Specialty Boutiques. Entertainment will be provided by Landon student groups, individual performers, plus a pops concert with the Landon Symphonette. FunLand will offer children’s activities, and there will be an All School Student Art Show, plus a 5K race and a one-mile fun run.
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.
During the Makeover, Brookside will exhibit a Summer Conservatory Display, April 26-September 21. A jungle garden will be sheltered by giant leaves of elephant ears and taro in the summer sun. Color will be provided by begonias, petunias, impatiens, Crossandra, lollipop flower, and shrimp plant. Coleus and Caladium will add tropical red, pink, yellow and green. Ginger lily flowers will top their leafy stems in late summer, adding fragrance to the garden.
The U.S. Botanic Garden is exhibiting Amber Waves of Grainin the Conservatory West Gallery, thru October 13. The exhibit features the work of Dr. Norman Borlaug and the ongoing research into curing wheat disease. The exhibit will expand outdoors to include the Conservatory Terrace on May 24, with planted beds and interpretive panels focusing on wheat. The exhibition will enable visitors to “experience the beauty and diversity of this important plant, which has permeated our art, culture and cuisine.”
A summer family festival on June 14 will complement the exhibition.
Image at right: Dr. Norman Borlaug in 1964 - Photo courtesy of CIMMYT
The U.S. Botanic Garden, in collaboration with Smithsonian Gardens, is exhibiting Orchid Symphony, at the Botanic Garden Conservatory, thru April 27. The exhibition displays orchids “nestled among whimsical topiaries and musical fountains. Illuminated by an orchid chandelier, the Garden Court sings the praises of beautiful orchids.” The display includes orchids from all over the world in many environments. There are desert orchids, jungle orchids, orchids used in medicine and cooking and more. They are shown against the stunning backdrop of the U.S. Botanic Garden.
A Video featuring the 2014 "Orchid Symphony" at the Botanic Garden can be seen directly below:
The U.S. Botanic Garden is exhibiting American Botanicals: Mid-Atlantic Native Plants thru June 15. The plants "feed the biota around us, respond to the seasons and soils of our region, delight our senses and reinforce a sense of place." The display features "masterful, original botanical illustrations of some of the Mid-Atlantic's distinctive and beautiful plants that demonstrate why it is so crucial to conserve this vital part of our natural heritage." Visit http://www.usbg.gov/
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
The 2014 DC Design House, benefitting the Children’s National Health System, is at 4600 Linnean Avenue, NW, in the Forest Hills community of Washington. Twenty-four designers were selected to transform the home into a splendid show house, and the results can be seen on select days and hours, thru May 11. Boutiques are set up on the lower level, and a percentage of sale proceeds will be donated to Children’s National Health System. Visit www.dcdesignhouse.com
Garden Festival at The Smithsonian
The Smithsonian will present the annual Garden Fest 2014: Celebrating the American Garden Experiencein the Enid A. Haupt Garden on the National Mall on May 9. The theme this year will be Water, Water, Everywhere, which coordinates with First Lady Michelle Obama’s new initiative “Drink Up” as part of her Let’s Movecampaign. Activities will include pot a plant, art making, composting and canning demos, understanding archeology, worm farming, and many more!
Friends of the National Arboretum will have their annual Garden Sale and Plant Sale April 25 & 26. The selections will include rare and hard-to find plants as well as tried-and-true favorites. In addition to hand-selected plants, visitors can get expert advice to guide them through selecting plant. The Washington Revels Gallery Voices will entertain with madrigals and some traditional Revels songs on April 26. They will dance the Maypole several times and invite fairgoers to join in more Maypole dancing. To read more about the Revels, visit http://revelsdc.org/events-calendar.html
President Woodrow Wilson House will have their annual Garden Partyon May 14. There will be a competition for prizes for the best Spring Hats, plus live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in Wilson House Garden. Woodrow Wilson House is a financially self-sustaining site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.