Public Parks and Gardens in Washington DC

When it comes to open gardens, parks and other public spaces, there aren’t many places that can match the beauty and uniqueness of DC. The famous architect and urban planner, Pierre L’Enfant, imagined Washington DC as a town of beautiful and unique public gardens and parks. Today, citizens of the US, as well as tourists from all over the world can enjoy beautiful DC parks and spend quality time there by themselves or with their families, friends or loved ones.  If you are visiting Washington DC, make sure you visit the National Mall that has one the most scenic landscaping in the world. Here are some fabulous public and private gardens in the town that you must visit.

The US National Arboretum

If you want to spend a peaceful afternoon contemplating about life and its beauties, you should visit the US National Arboretum hat has one the most prominent collections of bonsai trees in the world. You can see these beautiful trees at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum. These museums are located across the National Herb Garden. If you love hiking, here, you can spend hours hiking while enjoying beautiful nature.

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden is located in the heart of Georgetown, and it showcases five very popular and unique garden styles. All five gardens are available for visiting.  This is a perfect place to visit if you love ornamental plants and elegant landscaping design.

Dumbarton Oaks


Dumbarton Oaks is built on the highest point in Georgetown, and it consists of 40 acres of landscaped gardens. Since this a rather large area, the gardens are divided into outdoor garden rooms. Each area has different ornamental plants and artifacts that accentuate a particular botanical style and character of the garden.

The museum, as well as a part of the gardens,  is managed and looked after by Harvard University researchers. If you are visiting in May, you must visit these gardens and see the amazing peonies in bloom.

Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill

This park is established eleven years after Lincoln’s death, and it has two sections that are divided by two notable sculptures that are placed to face each other. One sculpture depicts President Lincoln with an African American man, and the other represents the Mary McLeod Bethune Statue. The first statue symbolizes the Emancipation Proclamation, while the second statue is dedicated to equal civil rights. Mary McLeod Bethune was a civil rights activist that advocated on behalf of children of color. She advised Eleanor Roosevelt who gifted her cane that is also a part of the sculpture.

National Museum of American History’s Victory Garden

At his fantastic garden, you can see some plants that are native to America. A little-known fact is that this garden is inspired by American history and plants that were planted during the two world wars when many people didn’t have enough food to eat. All herbs and vegetables that can be seen in the garden have layered growing seasons.

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