Who says cherry blossoms get to steal the spring spotlight? There are plenty of stunning floral displays that will be blooming in D.C. this upcoming season!While the annual Cherry Blossom Festival is an undeniably breathtaking example of the world’s natural beauty, there’s a variety of spring flowers that often get overlooked during all the festivities -- most of which can be found in grand displays across our very own city! Hopefully, after getting your fill of the cherry blossoms, you’ll be inspired to learn more about the other plant life blooming around our nation’s capital. And you should start with these horticultural hotspots: Courtesy of https://jackidyrholm.com/[/caption] A trip to the U.S. Botanical Gardens will take you on an international journey via some of the world’s most stunning horticultural displays. Venture through the garden’s Conservatory, which houses unique exhibits, including a tropical rainforest, rare and endangered plant life, a lavish orchid display, and more! And during your stay, you’ll want to make sure to save enough time to stop by one of D.C.’s most prized hidden gems: Bartholdi Park. Here, guests can partake in demonstrative lessons on how to bring some of the beauty found at the Botanical Gardens into their homes. Once this stubborn winter decides to rest, guests will also be able to enjoy the gorgeous Bartholdi Fountain at the heart of the park. It's a great place to end a romantic evening, as the lights surrounding the fountain’s basin are illuminated at night! Courtesy of https://www.smartdestinations.com/[/caption] For those who aren’t familiar with this botanical hotspot, the Hillwood Estate is the former residence of prominent American socialite, and owner of General Foods, Inc., Marjorie Merriweather Post. During her life, much of her fortune was dedicated to the collection of decorative arts, which are now on display in her famed D.C. manor. An elegant floral landscape was wrapped around Post’s 25-acre home and is open to visitors for admiration. Exhibits include an extraordinary arrangement of spring foliage, including azaleas, camellias, orchids, and magnolias! And for any guests that prefer their gardens with a spooky twist, try taking a trip to the estate’s Pet Cemetery. Marjorie was a dog-lover through and through, and chose to honor her pets with a memorial located within the garden grounds!
Courtesy of https://dcphotoguide.com/[/caption] Lady Bird Johnson may primarily be remembered as the wife of our 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, but our First Lady was quite a force to be reckoned with! Before Women’s History Month comes to a close in under two weeks, take a trip to Lady Bird Johnson Park and learn a thing or two about the fierce work our 36th First Lady of the United States did to bring out the natural beauty of our nation’s cities. As we transition into spring, the park’s landscape will blossom into a lovely panorama of daffodils and tulips! Courtesy of https://gardencollage.com/[/caption] If the upcoming Cherry Blossom Festival’s got you itching to learn more about D.C.’s admirable horticulture collection, add this destination to your floral bucket list! The Dumbarton Oaks Garden has officially reopened its doors for the spring season! Located at the highest point in Georgetown, these gardens spread into a labyrinth of ornately designed exhibits. Every detail, down to the last bench, is the product of the meticulous collaborative effort between one of the estate’s residents, Mildred Barnes Bliss, and landscape gardener Beatrix Jones Farrand. Make the most of your trip by taking a stroll through the dazzling rose garden, making your way through the mouthwatering orchard, and coming to an end at the garden’s romantic Lovers’ Lane Pool. Find out when your favorite flowers are in bloom, and begin planning your visit by visiting the garden’s official website! What are your favorite flowers to see blooming during the spring? Let us know in the comments!