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DC-Area Destination Gardens in May 

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may monastery

Franciscan Monastery, above.

may arb

National Arboretum, above.

may bishop

National Cathedral Bishop’s Garden, above.

may sculpture

National Gallery Sculpture Garden, above.

may usbg

U.S. Botanic Garden, above.

may brook

Brookside Gardens, above.

may mcrill

McCrillis Gardens, above.

may river

River Farm, above.

Tours and Events in May 2015

cath mart

– May 1-2 The National Cathedral Flower Mart is an annual outdoor festival for garden enthusiasts and families that features annuals, perennials, landscape exhibits, Olmsted Woods and Garden Tours, musical entertainment, gourmet food, a book sale, and children’s activities such as a rock wall, moon bounce, mini-Ferris wheel and a century-old restored carousel. More than 50 booths offering gardening items, handbags, jewelry, and more. (More visitor info here.)


–  May 3, Takoma Park House and Garden Tour.

– May 7, Talk by Bringing Nature Home author Doug Tallamy, sponsored by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Details here.


– May 8, Smithsonian Garden Fest.

– May 9-10 Capitol Hill House and Garden Tour.

– May 9 Georgetown Garden Tour.


– May 9 – World Bonsai Day Open House at National Arboretum‘s Bonsai and Penjing Museum 10 am to 4 pm. This annual event features demonstrations at 12:00 and 2:00 pm, drawings for the demonstration trees, curator-led museum tours at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm, and an exhibit about Mr. Kato, founder of the World Bonsai Friendship Federation. Admission and all events are free.

– May 16 Spring Garden Day at Green Spring Gardens – Huge Plant Sale.  40 vendors of rare and unusual plants. 9 am – 3 pm.

– May 17 Shepherd Park Garden Tour.

On-Going in May

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