DC Gardens is a nonprofit campaign that collectively promotes DC-area public gardens by distributing images of the gardens by month to the general public, travel and garden media; by promoting the gardens to DC’s tourism sector and to the public at local events, and through social media. Its photos are available for download at no charge, with credit to the garden.

DC Gardens also promotes gardening with its extensive “Local Info” that connects residents to the gardening and greening community.

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Garden Events in August-September 2015

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White House Rose Garden Exhibition at the White House Historical Association to September 12.


September 12, Photo Safari DC goes to Dumbarton Oaks,named 6th Best Garden in the World by the National Geographic – the only one in the U.S! Learn to take better photos than rookie shots of Dumbarton Oaks in August.


September 13: Family Picnic with Rainbow Families DC at Hillwood Museum and Gardens.


September 16 – Washington Youth  Garden’s 3rd Annual Strolling Supper.  Click here for tickets.


September 19 Fall Garden Day at Green Spring Gardens. Vendors, a silent auction, live music and food. More details coming soon.


September 26-27 Landmark Music Festival to benefit the National Mall. 40+ artists, 5 stages, 2 days!

September 28-29 National Capital Dahlia Society Show and Sale at Brookside Gardens.

September 26 – N. Alexandria Native Plant Sale.


Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar show Brookside Gardens to October 25.

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Exposed, the Secret life of Roots thru October 13 at the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory. Photographer Jim Richardson captured below- and above-ground s hots of crops and prairie grasses, and the actual plants he shot are on exhibit here. Fascinating!


American Roots Music Concerts! Free at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Space limited.


September 19, and new this year: Columbia Heights House and Garden Tour.


FREE live theater at the U.S. Botanic Garden, a co-production with the Kennedy Center – part of its Theater for Young Audiences season. September 12 – October 24. Details here.

On-Going Classes, Regular Tours, etc

-National Arboretum gives tours, workshops, etc.
– Smithsonian Gardens tours weekly.
– U.S. Botanic Garden’s tours, workshops, talks, etc.
– Mt. Vernon Garden and Landscape Tours
– Brookside Gardens’ talks, workshops, etc.
– Green Spring Gardens adult and kids’ events.

Gardens in Washington, D.C. in August


U.S. Botanic Garden Located at the base of the U.S. Capitol Building at the eastern end of the National Mall, the USBG includes the Conservatory, (click here to see what’s blooming in the Conservatory); the National Garden with its prominent rose and regional collections; and the stunning two-acre Bartholdi Park.

  • Click here for a slide show and video of the Botanic Garden in August.
  • Click here for hours and other visitor info.


National Cathedral’s Bishop’s Garden

The National Cathedral’s 59 acres were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.

  • Click here for a slide show and video of the Cathedral grounds in August.
  • The Cathedral grounds never close, and are free. Click here for information about garden tours.


National Gallery Sculpture Garden The National Gallery Sculpture Garden occupies 6 acres on the National Mall, along Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets. The Pavilion Café offers year-round café service, along with indoor seating.

  • Click here for a slide show and video of the Sculpture Garden in August.
  • Click here for hours and other visitor info.


National Arboretum The Arboretum is a 446-acre park with multiple gardens. It’s located in Northeast Washington.

  • Click here for a slide show and video of the Arboretum in August.
  • Click here for hours and other visitor info.


Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, on almost 700 acres in Northeast Washington, is the only national park devoted to cultivated water-loving plants. This unique habitat, featuring exotic water lilies and lotus, is an oasis for nature lovers, a haven for walkers, hikers, photographers and birdwatchers. More info here.

  • Click here for a slide show and video of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in July and August.
  • Click here for hours and other visitor info.

Gardens in Virginia in August


River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia On the banks of the Potomac, River Farm now serves as headquarters of the American Horticultural Society.  (River Farm website.)

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