Enjoy a 1-minute video of outdoor scenes from 7 DC-area gardens in October.
Gardens in Washington, D.C.
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 to see a slide show and video of the US Botanic Garden in October.
- The Conservatory and National Garden are open daily 10-5 all year long. Bartholdi Park never closes. Admission is 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.
- Click here to see a slide show and video of the Bishop’s Garden in October.
- The Cathedral grounds never close, and are free. Click here for information about garden tours.
National Gallery of Art 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 to see a slide show and video of the Sculpture Garden in October.
- Click here for hours, etc. Entrance is FREE.
National Arboretum The Arboretum is a 446-acre park with multiple gardens. It’s located in Northeast Washington.
- Click here to see a slide show and video of the National Arboretum in October.
- Click here for hours. It’s always FREE.
The famous Hillwood Museum and Gardens are located in N.W. Washington on the 25-acre former estate of 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.
- Click here to see a slide show and video of the gardens at Hillwood in October.
- Click here for visitor information.
The Smithsonian has 12 gardens to visit, all on or near the National Mall. They’re FREE.
- Click here for a slide show tour of Smithsonian Gardens in September.
- More visitor information here.
Tudor Place Historic House and Gardens are located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington. With its 5½ open acres, Tudor Place remains one of America’s last intact urban estates from the Federal Period.
- Click here for a slide show of Tudor Place in October.
- Visiting Tudor Place: Click here for hours, directions.
Gardens in Northern Virginia
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia is a fabulous 95-acre public garden and park.
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.)
- Click here to see a slide show and video of River Farm in October. Photos by Jim Sohn.
- Click here for visitor information. Entrance is free; donations welcome.
Located 15 miles south of Washington along the Potomac, the historic estate includes not only the George and Martha Washington’s home but also a host of colonial era buildings, beautiful gardens, a working distillery and gristmill, and a museum and education center.
Green Spring Garden is Fairfax County, Virginia’s public garden.
- Click here for a slide show of Green Springs Garden in October.
- Click here for more visitor information.
Gardens in Suburban Maryland
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD is Montgomery County’s 50-acre public display garden. In addition to many outdoor gardens, Brookside features two conservatories for year-round enjoyment.