Gardens in Washington DC

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Gardens in Washington DC

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  • LilC
    Navarre, FL100 contributions
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    We have visited Washington many times in the past, but never knew about the Botanic Garden until this visit. Beautiful displays as well as educational exhibits throughout.
    Written May 5, 2024
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  • LisandroVoyager
    Washington DC, DC768 contributions
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    Fancy afternoon tea service nicely presented and smoothly served for our monthly luncheon club for seniors. Sandwiches, scones and sweets were delicious and there was a good choice of teas presented to each of us. The service was unhurried and attentive.
    Written April 30, 2024
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  • William T
    6 contributions
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    The park is so huge and we only had a couple of hours. Will definitely have to go back during the different growing seasons!
    Written March 18, 2024
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  • Daniel P
    2 contributions
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    Exquisite gardens. A great place to listen to the birds, view the flowers, and contemplate a post WWII future. The mansion holds memories of 1944 and the birth of the United Nations as well as an art collection started by the original owners. A great destination.
    Written May 18, 2024
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  • federico l
    Milan, Italy6 contributions
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    Fascinating exhibition center, with multiple, thought-provoking installations and a beautiful garden of sculpture.
    Only disappointment the cafeteria which is a unnecessary rip off ($9 for an almond croissant)
    Written October 15, 2023
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  • kleic
    San Antonio, TX1,070 contributions
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    I actually didn't get to go on the house tour but I'm giving it five stars and taking time to write the review because of the impressive work they're doing to tell the stories of people of African decent who lived and worked here. The grounds are lovely and the history of the house is fascinating precisely because of the enslaved people who lived here and a real effort is being made to document their lives and their stories. Would that all house museums did the same!
    Written April 28, 2024
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  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand3,954 contributions
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    The Enid Haupt Garden alongside the Smithsonian Castle, is a fantastic oasis of flowers, palms, shrubs, and trees, with peaceful walkways and relaxing spots to recharge. The garden is especially welcoming on hot days of sightseeing. The gardens are named for publisher Enid Haupt, who was a great promoter and patron of American horticulture.
    Written August 30, 2023
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  • paxa
    Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
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    This park is a real hidden gem. I can't believe it took us living in DC forever and just visiting it for the first time. For a garden that's right in the middle of the city it has a charming wilderness and deserted feel to it. We came here in mid August after the peak lotus bloom season but there were still plenty of flowers around. Buggy in a good way - no mosquitos which was a pleasant surprise as the whole place is a marsh - lots of pretty dragonflies and butterflies. Also many egrets, even saw one in flight which is a rare sight. Nice trails around the ponds, boardwalks over the marsh and paved bike trails. A bit tricky to get to when you are unfamiliar with the surrounding streets but now that we know how to get there will definitely visit more often.
    Written August 15, 2022
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  • 23dj
    Las Vegas, NV18,336 contributions
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    Beautiful park near the Capitol and National Mall. Ideal to walk around. Quiet and clean with seating areas as well yes.
    Written December 17, 2023
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  • JoyceZG
    Bellmore, NY62 contributions
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    This garden was a delightful surprise near the gorgeous original Smithsonian building. I loved the spectacular way that all the flowers and plants were arranged. The Horticulturist, Janet Draper, is truly an amazing artist! We met her as she worked, and she told us the history of the original Smithsonian adjacent to the garden. She was very interesting to talk to.
    Written October 28, 2019
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  • Daisy Deh-I s
    Washington DC, DC39 contributions
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    Have usually found the gardens colourful and well tended.
    Place is never too crowded

    Splendid cafe nearby after your stroll.
    Written June 6, 2023
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  • F4981JCmichaels
    Vancouver, WA2,650 contributions
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    A different sort of garden in Washington D.C. Unlike others, this has no sculptures, it isn't laid out expansively, and the selection is designed to attract pollinators, thus the name, so it's not plants with massive gaudy flowers.
    It is located at the east side of the Natural History Museum, following a sidewalk from Madison Drive NW to Constitution Avenue NW. In spite of being such a small and oddly located garden, it still delivers. You could call it an "off-the-beaten-path gem. Not a lot of people here. A wide selection of plants, so something is always in bloom, and given the type of plants, you might see butterflies. A lot of shade too, so it's a nice place on a hot day.
    Written November 4, 2023
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  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
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    Unable to see the interiors of the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building, I was feeling disappointed. Then I saw this beautiful Garden with big roses and other plants plus a beautiful Fountain! There are benches here to sit down and enjoy the ambience.

    My disappointment slowly disappeared as I watched the beautiful hanging baskets with yellow flowers, big rose flowers, people passing by, etc. Rested here about 10 minutes.

    Located very near the Smithsonian Institution Building/Castle and the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, stop by and enjoy this Garden!
    Written October 20, 2019
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  • Superlegalbabe
    Grenada1,969 contributions
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    Great local community garden and dog run. The community garden has free plot where local resident can apply to grow their own vegetables and fruit. On the other side there is a so called 'Fence free dog park' where there is a gadget you can attach to your dog's collar and let the dog run free. It is against DC law to let your dog go leash free apart from designated area. So for all of us loving dog owner beware, someone got a ticket in here before. None the less, it is a great convenient dog run, the closest dog park is on the 14th street.
    Written May 12, 2014
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  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
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    Walking around the Museum Areas, I came across this attraction, an urban habitat for BIRDS. Plants here are intended to attract birds and make this place their home. During my visit, I did not see any birds yet.

    The signage around this attraction made me learn what plants to have in my OWN gardens to attract birds and provide them home. Glad to see that the Smithsonian not only takes care of museums and zoos, but also parks and habitats!
    Written October 20, 2019
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