There are more than cherry trees that bloom in DC...
The annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC is one of the most popular times of the year for visitors to plan a trip to the area in hopes of seeing the cherry trees in bloom. Typically, the trees are in bloom the last part of March and the first part of April. The average historic peak bloom is on April 4th. The trees are in bloom about 2 weeks (peak bloom about 4 days). This page is devoted to the vast majority of you who will be visiting DC the 50 weeks of the year that the Cherry Trees are not in bloom.
George Washington, who had been a land surveyor in the area in his youth, would be the first to tell you that there are more than cherry trees that bloom in Washington DC. In light of all of the above.......I thought I would share some well known and some lesser known nearby horticultural points of interest that some of you might want to explore during your visit.
In the immediate area of the National Mall
The US Botanical Gardens (indoor and outdoor gardens) - 100 Maryland Ave. SW Washington DC. Click HERE for more information.
The Enid A. Haupt Garden
Located on the south side of the Smithsonian Castle, between the castle and Independence Ave. sits this beautiful 4 acre landscaped garden of floral beds, plants, urns, brick paths, water and granite. Click HERE for more information.
The National Gallery of Arts Sculpture Garden
Located on the National Mall at 7th St and Constitution Ave NW. Click HERE for more information.
The Floral Library (also called the tulip library)
Over 100 varieties of tulips and annuals located just off the Tidal Basin, east of the Kutz Bridge and south of Independence Ave. before the turn to Maine Ave. Click HERE for more information.
Other popular points of interest
Hillwood Museum and Gardens- 4155 Linnean Ave NW Washington, DC. Click HERE for more information.
Washington National Cathedral: Grounds & Gardens-3101 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, DC Click HERE for more information.
The US National Arboretum - 3501 New York Ave. NE Washington DC. Click HERE for more information.
Dumbarton Oaks - located in Georgetown at 1703 32nd St. NW Washington DC. Click HERE for more information.
Tudor Place - house and garden tour. Located in Georgetown at 1644 31st St. NW. Washington DC. Click HERE for more information.
Personal Favorite Recommendations
FREE Friday Night Summer Outdoor Jazz Concerts at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden-Located on the National Mall at 7th St and Constitution Ave NW. Every Friday night, through the summer months. Click HERE for more information. You can bring along your own food or purchase some at the Pavillion Cafe.
Outdoor Eating on the Mall - Both the National Gallery of Arts Sculpture Garden and the Enid A. Haupt Gardens (behind Smithsonian Castle) provide a great spot to grab an outdoor lunch on a nice day and enjoy the surroundings. The Pavillion Cafe is located within the National Gallery of Arts Sculpture Garden and the Castle Cafe is located within the Smithsonian Castle.
NOTE: The Smithsonian Castle provides an introduction to all of the Smithsonian Museums. It provides a 20 minute film over viewing the Smithsonian Institution, a scale model of the city, sample exhibits from a variety of museums, and a helpful information desk.
The White House Garden Tours - twice a year (fall and spring) the White House hosts garden tours of the outside grounds for the public.
Helpful Websites about DC's Gardens andother Horticultural Points of Interest
About.com - Gardens in the Washington, DC Capital Region - Click HERE
The Washington Post Going Out Guide - Best Gardens - Click HERE