The Annual French Festival will take place at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens on Saturday, July 11. Hillwood and the Alliance Française de Washington will celebrate France’s national holiday with festivities that bring to life French culture past and present. There will be dance performances by The New York Baroque Dance Company, live music by guitarist Kevin Shannon, French games, hands-on art projects, and visits to Hillwood’s magnificent French collection and garden. Guests can also join in the whimsical antics of fictitious French Nobles performed by Happenstance Theater.
Image below: A view of a previous French Festival - Courtesy of Hillwood.
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 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
The U.S. Botanic Garden is exhibiting Exposed: The Secret Life of Roots thru Summer, 2015. The exhibition features the work of agricultural ecologist Dr. Jerry Glover, photographer Jim Richardson and sculptor Steve Tobin “to showcase the importance of roots through visually stunning displays, root representations and educational materials." In the spring, the terrace raised gardens will highlight living specimens of prairie plants and edible roots. Beginning in March and going through the summer there will be hosting classes, programs, children’s activities and demonstrations associated with the exhibition.
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.
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.