National Botanical Garden

On Election Day the kids were out of school so we invited some special friends for an outing to the National Botanical Gardens in Washington, D.C.  The gardens are beautiful anytime of year.  Winter is my favorite time to visit.  We went on a brisk but sunny day which made the climate controlled gardens feel so warm and tropical on our skin. 

The kids spent most of their time in the outside Children's Garden playing in the playhouse, watering plants, hiding in the bamboo and playing in the fountains.  My friend and I enjoyed some time to sit in the sun and visit.  The National Botanical Gardens are worth the trip.  It's free!  If you like photography, like I do, the filtered light and beautiful plants provides a perfect studio to take pictures.  

The bearded pair.
Peaking over the log bridge.
Playing with the fountain in the Children's Garden.
The girls in the background are playing in the little house.
A beauty in the bamboo garden.
French vanilla smelling pot at a special exhibit on herbs.
A favorite scent.
Can she press her face any closer?
An oversize metal flower with a changing video screen in the middle.
Very nice display.
 Simple but interesting.
National Garden adjacent to the
U.S. Capitol and Botanical Garden.
Plants, walkways, fountains, tables, and benches.
Fall flowers
I've never seen the U.S. Capitol from this perspective.
Election Day 2010
The workers setting up the train display for the holidays!!!
A must see if you are in the city over the holidays.
I will post again when we attend.

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