Winter 2015-2016 Happenings

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December 2015 – February 2016

Through Jan 3: Holidays at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Free. Trains, poinsettias, DC landmarks made of plant parts, and oversized bee and butterfly sculptures materials at the first-ever Pollination Station. Featured in the Washington Post.


Through Jan 3 – Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Garden.


Now through March 13 – Ice-Skating at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden. Watch the cool video about it here.


Tuesdays and Thursdays through December 29: Concerts at US Botanic Garden. Free. No.registration required. Evenings in the Conservatory are magical! Limited seating; first come, first served. More info here.


Dec.15, 22 and 29: “Bones of the Winter Garden” at Hillwood Gardens, led by head horticulturist Bill Johnson. Register here.


Through December – Wreath-making at Tudor Place. Details here.

December 6 – Puppet Show at Green Spring Gardens. Register in advance here.


Dec 4, 5 and 20 Mt. Vernon by Candlelight. Details here.

Through January 6 – Christmas at Mt. Vernon. Details here.

December 5 to January 3 – Winter Display and Garden Railway Exhibit at Brookside Gardens. 10 am – 5 pm. Free.


Now through January 3: Garden of Lights: Winter Walk-through Holiday Light Display at Brookside Gardens. A family fave.

December 6: Gardeners Holiday Open House at Green Spring Gardens..

December 12 Holiday Craft Party at Green Spring Gardens. 1 pm.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays in December – Tea and Tour the National Cathedral and Grounds.

January – March: Popular Winter Lecture Series at Green Spring Gardens. Great topics and speakers. Only $10. Register here

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January 30: Washington Gardener Magazine’s 10th Annual Seed Exchange at Brookside Gardens.12:30 – 4:00 pm. Repeated February 6 at Green Spring Gardens. Sign-up here starts on Dec. 15.

Winter Workshops at the National Arboretum register here.


Jan.30, Feb 27 and March 12: 3-Part Bee Program at Green Spring Gardens.
“Plight of Urban Bees,” “Beginning Beekeeping” and “Solitary Bee Box Workshop.” Info and registration here.  


February 2 – Annual Orchid Show and Auction by the National Capital Orchid Society at Behnke Nurseries.

February 6: Washington Gardener Seed Exchange at Green Spring Gardens. 12:30 – 4. Washington Gardener Magazine is co-hosting the 11th annual Seed Exchange at Green Spring Gardens with lectures, face-to-face seed swap and more. Info and registration here.

MC10February 20 from 9 am to 4. Eco-Savvy Symposium on Wise-Water Gardening.Very popular! Speakers include Greg Tepper, Delaware Botanic Gardens’ Horticulture Director; Lily Whitesell, watershed specialist, NVSWCD; Lauren Wheeler, principal of Natural Resources Design; and Todd Brethauer, science educator. Enroll here.

February 27 to April 17: Orchids in Focus, in the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory (joint project with the Smithsonian).

February 18 to October 23: “Flora in the National Parks” opens in the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory (joint project with the National Park Service). Art exhibit celebrating 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

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February 27: 9th Annual Rooting DC Forum! It’s a FREE, all-day gardening forum providing education about urban food production and consumption. Dozens of workshops, cooking and food preservation demonstrations, and panels discussing youth gardening, nutrition, sustainable growing techniques, and more.

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