Holidays Through History Open House, featuring Dumbarton House, Anderson House, Woodrow Wilson House and Tudor Place, will take place on Saturday, December 6. The four historic houses will feature special live musical performances, period installations and “modern twists on Christmas,” from the Federal period to the 1960s to now. Participants can walk among the four sites or ride shuttle buses (free with your ticket).
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 Makeover
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 Garden of Lights Show,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.
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
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