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DC Gardens is a nonprofit media campaign promoting DC-area public gardens via digital media. Its photos of the garden by month are displayed on this site and are available for download at no charge, with credit to the garden.

DC Gardens is also a hub for information that helps locals learn to garden and connect with the gardening and greening community.

Garden Events in July-August 2015

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Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar show opens July 1 at Brookside Gardens.

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Exposed, the Secret life of Roots thru 10/13 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!

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

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Every Friday thru Aug 28. Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery’s Sculpture Garden. Free. 5-8:30.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 July

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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 July.
  • Click here for hours and other visitor info.

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National Cathedral’s Bishop’s Garden

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

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

Sculpture Garden

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 July with art and artist IDs.
  • Click here for hours and other visitor info.

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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 July.
  • Click here for hours and other visitor info.

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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 July

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