United States Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Events Getaways All Washington, D.C. The 15 Best Gardens in the Washington, D.C. Area By Adele O'Donnell Adele O'Donnell Adele has written about Washington D.C. for TripSavvy since 2018. She is a lifelong resident of the area. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 06/26/19 Share Pin Email TripSavvy / Taylor McIntyre The Washington, D.C. area has many beautiful public gardens with a wide variety of plants, trees, and flowers. These places offer seasonal displays and special programs to delight everyone from the casual visitor to the serious gardener. Each destination has something unique to see. Bring a camera and capture some of the region's most colorful displays. 01 of 15 U.S. Botanic Garden TripSavvy / Taylor McIntyre View Map Address 100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-225-8333 Web Visit website Plant Moms 4.2 While visiting the National Mall, don't miss the U.S. Botanic Garden, located next to the Capitol Building. You'll find plants from all around the world. Many of these gardens are located indoors in the Conservatory, providing a great activity during hot, cold or rainy weather. The gardens include azaleas, lilies, orchids, an exotic jungle, a tropical rainforest and more. In any season, you'll see something beautiful in bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, the National Garden and Bartholdi Park. You'll also find visiting art exhibits, an annual holiday show and concerts. The holiday show features a different theme each year. Admission is free.Closest Metro Stations: Federal Center SW. L'Enfant Plaza, Capitol South 02 of 15 National Arboretum TripSavvy / Taylor McIntyre View Map Address 3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002-1958, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-245-2726 Web Visit website At the National Arboretum, explore 446 acres of trees, shrubs, and plants that are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes. The Arboretum includes several major plant collections, including azaleas, cherries, hollies, rhododendrons, ferns and wildflowers. The National Grove of State Trees (the Grove) is a display of trees representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Fifty-one state plots are arrayed over 30 acres. With its location in NE Washington, D.C., the gardens are one of the most overlooked attractions in the city. Be sure to plan several hours to explore the site and take part in special programs. Admission is free.Closest Metro Stations: Minnesota Ave, Deanwood, Rhode Island, Union Station 03 of 15 Enid A. Haupt Garden (Smithsonian Castle) Dane A. Penland/Smithsonian Institute View Map Address 1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-633-2220 Web Visit website The Enid A. Haupt Garden is a 4-acre garden that is one of several Smithsonian Gardens. The Parterre, the centerpiece of the garden, features a changing palette of colors, shapes and textures to complement the architecture of the adjacent Smithsonian Castle. There is also a Fountain Garden modeled after a 13th-century Moorish palace and fortress in Granada, Spain, and a Moongate Garden inspired by the gardens and architecture of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China. Admission is free. Closest Metro Station: Smithsonian 04 of 15 White House Gardens Karen Bleier / Getty Images View Map Address 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500, USA Get directions Web Visit website The grounds of the White House are beautifully landscaped with a variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers. The White House gardens are open to the public two weekends a year (in April and October) for a special tour. During the White House garden tour, guests are invited to stroll around the White House grounds and share photos on social media using the hashtag #WHGarden. Visitors can tour the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, White House Kitchen Garden and South Lawn of the White House. Admission is free. Closest Metro Stations: Farragut West, McPherson Square, Federal Triangle, Metro Center Continue to 5 of 15 below. 05 of 15 Hillwood Museum & Gardens Hillwood Museum and Gardens View Map Address 4155 Linnean Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008-3806, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-686-5807 Web Visit website The gardens of the mansion of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the heir to the Post cereal fortune, contain more than 3,500 varieties of plants and trees. Hillwood features a restored Japanese garden with a waterfall and bridge, a rose garden, and greenhouses containing more than 5,000 orchids. Hillwood offers an introductory video, audio tours, and docent-led tours. One-hour tours are offered of the mansion and its extensive collections. You can sign up at the Visitors Center. Admissions is a suggested $18 donation for adults. Closest Metro Station: Cleveland Park 06 of 15 Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Rachel Cooper View Map Address 1550 Anacostia Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019-2028, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-692-6080 Web Visit website Tucked away in Southeast Washington, D.C. along the east bank of the Anacostia River, the 12-acre Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens features exotic water lilies, native plants and small animals such as frogs, toads, turtles, fish, minnows, and sunfish. The gardens began in the 1880's when Walter Shaw planted water lilies in ponds he had dug along the Anacostia River. It is now a National Park. Look for special events such as the Lotus and Water Lily Festival, a two-day festival with cultural performances, family games, and a focus on the blooming lotuses and water lilies. Admission is free. Closest Metro Station: Deanwood 07 of 15 Washington National Cathedral Gardens Applachian Views/Getty Images View Map Address Washington, DC 20016, USA Get directions Located atop the highest point of the city, the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral include a variety of gardens. The Cathedral's small herb garden features rosemary, thyme, and mint. The Bishop's Garden is a beautiful setting with magnolias, orchids and exquisite flowers. The Little Garden is designed to look like a medieval herb garden surrounded by hedges of old English boxwood. The Olmsted Woods is the last vestige of an extensive oak and beech forest on Mount St. Alban. All cathedral garden guild restored the five-acre Olmsted Woods over a 10-year period. The gardens include an amphitheater for outdoor services and music performances. Admission is free. Closest Metro Stations: Cleveland Park, Woodley Park-Zoo 08 of 15 Dumbarton Oaks TripSavvy / Victoria Chamberlain View Map Address 1703 32nd St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-339-6401 Web Visit website Located in residential Georgetown, the 19th-century mansion and museum boast a lovely ten-acre garden with roses, wisteria-covered arbors, cherry trees, and magnolias. The Dumbarton Oaks estate houses an unusual collection of Byzantine and pre-Columbian art and historical artifacts. Architecture, garden, and museum tours are offered. Admission is $10. Closest Metro Station: Woodley Park (1.3 miles) Continue to 9 of 15 below. 09 of 15 Tudor Place Historic House and Garden DC Gardens/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 View Map Address 1644 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007-2924, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-965-0400 Web Visit website The Tudor Place estate, originally owned by Martha Custis Peter, the granddaughter of Martha Washington, includes a 5.5-acre, early 19th-century style garden with a Bowling Green, Tennis Lawn, Flower Knot, Boxwood Ellipse, Japanese Tea House and Tulip Poplar. Docent-led house tours and self-guided garden tours are available. Special programs such as teas and children's activities take place throughout the year. Admission fees are $3 for adults for a self-guided garden tour. Closest Metro: Foggy Bottom (1.2 miles) 10 of 15 Brookside Gardens Brookside Gardens View Map Address 1800 Glenallan Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902, USA Get directions Phone +1 301-962-1400 Web Visit website Located in Wheaton Regional Park, Montgomery County's award-winning 50-acre garden features formal and informal gardens and two indoor conservatories. The gardens are divided into several distinct areas: Aquatic Garden, Azalea Garden, Butterfly Garden, Children’s Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Style Garden, Trial Garden, Rain Garden, and the Woodland Walk. The Formal Gardens areas include a Perennial Garden, Yew Garden, the Maple Terrace, and Fragrance Garden. Admission is free. During the summer, Brookside Gardens houses a spectacular live butterfly show (fee charged). 11 of 15 Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Tom Sovall / Meadowlark Botanical Gardens View Map Address 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct, Vienna, VA 22182, USA Get directions Phone +1 703-255-3631 Web Visit website Plant Moms 4.2 The 95-acre Meadowlark Botanical Gardens feature walking trails, lakes, cherry trees, irises, peonies, an extensive shade garden, native wildflowers, gazebos, birds, and butterflies. There's an indoor atrium, picnic areas, and educational facilities. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens hosts the annual Winter Walk of Lights, a spectacular holiday light show featuring dozens of illuminated displays. Admission is $3-6. 12 of 15 Franciscan Monastery DC Gardens/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 View Map Address 1400 Quincy St NE, Washington, DC 20017-3041, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-526-6800 Web Visit website The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America is a historical landmark and an oasis of peace in the middle of Washington, D.C. It is a house of worship and an architectural marvel with beautifully landscaped gardens. Guided garden tours are offered every Saturday during the summer months. Admission is free. Closest Metro Station: Brookland Continue to 13 of 15 below. 13 of 15 River Farm Jim Sohn/River Farm View Map Address 7931 E Boulevard Dr, Alexandria, VA 22308-1307, USA Get directions Phone +1 703-768-5700 Web Visit website River Farm, the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society, is a 25-acre garden located between Old Town Alexandria and Mt. Vernon, overlooking the Potomac River. River Farm was one of George Washington's original properties. Admission is free. Enjoy holiday displays each year inside the manor house. 14 of 15 Green Spring Gardens Park Green Spring Gardens View Map Address 4603 Green Spring Rd, Alexandria, VA 22312, USA Get directions Phone +1 703-642-5173 Web Visit website The Green Spring Gardens Park, operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority, features 20 different themed gardens, a horticulture center, and a nature trail that leads through the woods to two ponds. Visitors will enjoy seeing a wide variety of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, annuals, bulbs, and vegetables. Seasonal events, tours, and teas are offered and admission is free. 15 of 15 Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens Virginia Tourism Corporation View Map Address 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA 22121, USA Get directions Phone +1 703-780-2000 Web Visit website Mount Vernon, George Washington's former home, reflects his love of trees with its wooded landscape and beautiful flowers. Once a thriving plantation in the 18th century, Mount Vernon is now one of the nation’s most visited historic sites. Many of the trees on view at the estate were planted by Washington himself, including the white ash, American holly, English mulberry, flowering dogwood, hemlock, tulip poplar, and yellow buckeye. Admission is $18-20 for adults. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Best Things to Do in Washington, DC with Toddlers Fun Free Things to Do in Washington, DC Free Things to Do in Washington, D.C. Visit the Most Beautiful Public Gardens in Los Angeles Great Spots to See Cherry Trees in Washington, D.C. 10 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Washington, D.C. 9 Historic House Museums in Washington, D.C. 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