|We entered the garden through the gates shown here, which were surrounded with attractive plantings on both sides|
|I immediately fixated on the 3 Cercis canadensis 'Rising Sun' shown here. While I've occasionally seen them for sale in SoCal, those specimens never look as good in my climate as they did here.|
|A stream ran under this winding boardwalk|
|This is pickerel weed (Pontederia cordata), which I only know because there was a sign to tell me so|
|We skirted by a large lawn area bordered by flower beds but didn't linger long. Daylilies were a highlight here.|
|This giant planter was positioned along the path leading into the Conservatory. I don't know who the woman captured in my photo is but she kindly, if inadvertently, provides a sense of the planter's scale.|
At this point we entered the Conservatory, starting in the area that housed tropical plants. Of course, tropical conservatories tend to be warm and moist and we'd already had enough of that so this area got much less attention than it deserved. Even I'm surprised by how few photos I took in this area.
|This area of the Conservatory was 2 stories high. (Note that you can see the tops of a couple of heads in the lower right-hand corner of my photo.)|
My tour companions, Kathy (GardenBook) and Sue (Idyll Haven), and I took refuge for a time in an air conditioned educational exhibit at one end of the conservatory. The cool air restored us somewhat but the presence of a large number of small exuberant children eventually got us up and moving again. I must have been feeling better at that point because I took a lot of photos in the World Deserts section of the Conservatory.
Time was running short, so we hustled across the street to Bartholdi Park. Described as a "showcase of sustainable and accessible landscape design," this area was renovated just last year.
|I captured this view of the exterior of the Conservatory from the entrance to Barthholdi Park. The dome to the right is the US Capitol building.|
|From left to right: Cardoon, Echinacea, and Cotinus|
|2 of the many plant containers in the park|
|The park's centerpiece, the Fountain of Light, created for the 1876 Philadelphia Exposition to celebrate the country's first 100 years|
I really wish I'd had more time to see DC. I've visited only once before and, as that visit was work-related, I didn't have adequate time to see the city that time either. I hope to get back someday and tour it at a more leisurely pace, perhaps when the White House has a more suitable occupant.
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