Eight beautiful gardens close to home in the DMV

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Thinking about your next summer day trip? Try visiting a garden. Gardens are a great place to get some fresh air, go on strolls, stock up on pics and let your kids run free. Here are eight beautiful close-to-home DMV gardens you have to check out!

US Botanical Gardens Washington DC
United States Botanic Gardens

Founded in 1820, the U.S. Botanic Garden is the oldest continuously operating botanic garden in the country. The displays include plants from across the globe. While only the outdoor gardens are open currently, you can take 360 virtual tours of the indoor gardens from the comfort of your home!

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A sunset scene around the Japanese garden area of Brookside Gardens during the fall.
Brookside Gardens

Brookside Gardens is a magical 50-acre public display garden featuring a vivid array of flowers, stone sculptures, water displays and so much more! And don’t worry about your kids getting bored. Brookside Gardens is located within Wheaton Regional Park. A short walk away you’ll find an enormous playground, carousel and miniature train looping around the park. 

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Green Springs Garden

Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and visit Green Springs Garden! In addition to being a gorgeous garden, it’s also an outdoor classroom and national historic site. Be sure to check out the garden’s events page. The garden hosts several outdoor workshops and events during the summer, such as floral design workshops and outdoor ice cream socials.

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Washington DC spring foliage near the National Mall.
Enid A. Haupt Garden

A visit to Enid A. Haupt Garden is like visiting a whole new world! Located right in the heart of DC, this garden is mesmerizing both in terms of its flora and architectural design. The garden has three distinct sections which draw from different cultural influences: the French Parterre, the Chinese Moongate Garden and Persian Fountain Garden.

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Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens 

Dip your toes into something new by visiting the only national park dedicated to aquatic life! By the banks of the Anacostia River, at this garden you’ll find water lilies, lotuses, butterflies and more!

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Colorful rose in the garden
Bon Air Park Rose Garden

Did you know there are over 30,000 types of roses? Though they don’t have them all, the Bon Air Park Rose Garden does have 120! Their stunning roses come in a variety of shades and make the perfect backdrop for wedding, baby shower or any other photos you desire to take.

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Peony on greeneries.
McCrillis Gardens

McCrillis Gardens is best known for their azaleas which are in peak bloom in the summer. Their trails are surrounded by beautiful ornamental trees providing you with nice shade to escape the summer heat and enjoy a nice romantic stroll with your partner! 

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Meadowlark Botanical Gardens 

Almost 100 acres, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is a must-see collection of gardens located in Vienna. They’re famous for their Korean Bell Garden, which is the first of its kind in the entire Western Hemisphere! The central piece is The Bell of Peace and Harmony, a celebration of South Korean immigration to the U.S.

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US Botanical Gardens Washington DC
A sunset scene around the Japanese garden area of Brookside Gardens during the fall.
Washington DC spring foliage near the National Mall.
Colorful rose in the garden
Peony on greeneries.

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