Gardens in Washington, D.C.
Dumbarton Oaks gardens, designed by landscape architect Beatrix Farrand, are located in Georgetown.
- Click here for hours, etc.
- Click here for a slide show of Dumbarton Oaks in May. Highlights include the blooms of roses, irises, and peonies.
- Click The Franciscan Monastery in May for a video and slide show of the gardens at their peak – when the roses are blooming.
- The roses are at their peak in May. Click here for hours. Entrance is free.
Hillwood Museum and Gardens
Hillwood Museum and Gardens are located on a 25-acre estate in Washington, D.C. developed by Marjorie Merriweather Post. The Museum holds the most comprehensive collection of Russian imperial art outside of Russia, a collection of 18th-century French decorative art, and much more.
- Highlights in May include azaleas, tulips, and many perennials. Click here for a slide show of Hillwood Gardens in May.
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The Arboretum is a 446-acre park with multiple gardens. It’s located in Northeast Washington.
- Highlights include the Arboretum’s famous azalea collection. Click here for a video and slide show of the Arboretum in May.
- Click here for hours. It’s FREE.
The National Cathedral’s 59 acres were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. and include the formal Bishop’s Garden, Olmsted Woods, and more.
- Highlights include roses and many perennials in bloom. Click here for a video and slide show of scenes in May, with actual bells ringing at the Cathedral.
- 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.
- Highlights include irises. Click here for photos and video.
- Click here for hours and map. Entrance is FREE.
Smithsonian Institution Gardens
The Smithsonian has 12 gardens to visit, all on or near the National Mall.
- Visitor information here. Most are always open and all are free.
- Highlights include roses and many perennials. Click here for a slide show of the gardens in May.
Tudor Place Historic House and Gardens is located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington.
- Click here for hours, directions, and suggested donation.
- Click here for a slide show of Tudor Place in May.
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 showing off the fabulous gardens of the USBG in May.
- Click here for hours and location. Admission is FREE.
Gardens in Maryland
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland
- Click Brookside Gardens in May for a slide show and video using photos of Brookside taken in May of 2013 and 2014.
- Click here for hours and directions. Entrance is FREE.
McCrillis Gardens in Bethesda, Maryland
- Click here for photos and video of McCrillis Gardens in May.
McCrillis’s azaleas, dogwoods, viburnums and more peak in April and May, Click here for hours. It’s FREE.
Gardens in Virginia
Green Spring Gardens in Fairfax, Virginia
- Click here for a slide show of Green Spring Gardens in May.
- Click here for hours and directions. Always FREE.
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia
River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia