15 Apr 2010

White House Garden Tours

originally uploaded to Flickr by klea.scharberg

If you’ve ever wanted to visit the White House and its many beautiful gardens, this weekend is your chance. And unlike those now infamous “gate crashers” from earlier this year, anyone can attend. You just need to get a ticket. (So get there early!)

But what does this have to do with the Hill, you might be wondering? Well, I’m here to clue you in on a few gems featured in the spectacular gardens surrounding the house that is white at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and tell you where you can purchase them for yourself! See? Tied it all together.

According to the website, “Visitors can view the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, Children’s Garden and the South Lawn of the White House. The White House Kitchen Garden will also be viewable from the tour route and a visual explanation will be available to help inform tourists about the elements of the garden.”

The grape hyacinths are part of the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, and since my favorite color is purple, I’d love to see these planted in flower boxes all across our neighborhood.

Another fave: tulips. Such a fantastic flower! They can be seen throughout the various gardens on the White House lawn, even in the Children’s Garden. Der Kinder Garten also has the adorable hand and footprints of President’s children and grandchildren. A fun DIY project for your own garden, you can get a hand/footprint kit at Frager’s. (What can’t you get at Frager’s?! My love for this Capitol Hill mecca runs deep…)

Lastly, roses. The Rose Garden is full of numerous varieties. Don’t have room to plant roses in your tiny backyard? There are plenty of friendly neighbors sharing space. Find one here.

Regardless of if you choose presidential plants or just want a few perennials for your back porch, we suggest Ginkgo Gardens. You can read more about their suggestions for planting from yesterday’s post by Maria.

Details for the weekend…

What: White House Garden Tour; free tickets available at 8 a.m each morning

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, 15th St. NW at E St.


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One response to “White House Garden Tours”

  1. Donna MArtin says:

    Is it ppossible to obtain group tickets for a local garden club group for spring 2011

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