Friday, March 13, 2020

Public Gardens Still Open During the Coronavirus Crisis

This is a listing of DC-area public gardens, whose grounds are closed and those who remain open during the coronavirus period through March 29. Most all have already closed their indoor spaces and canceled their programming and events. Check back often for updates.
Adkins Arboretum - Programs are suspended. Grounds will remain open. If the entrance gates are closed, visitors may park along the edge of the drive and enter on foot between dawn and dusk.

AHS River Farm - Closed.

American University's Arboretum & Gardens - Open.

Annmarie Sculpture Garden  - Open grounds and buildings closed. Free admission.

Audubon Naturalist Society's Woodend Nature Sanctuary and Rust Nature Sanctuary - Grounds are open.
Bishop's Close at the National Cathedral - All Cathedral tours, programs and concerts will be suspended. The Cathedral is closed, but the grounds and the Bishop's Close garden are open.

Blandy Experimental Farm - Grounds open from dawn to dusk. Buildings closed (including restrooms) and events canceled through May 15.
Brookside GardensClosing the buildings and canceled events, but the gardens remain open during daylight hours. Note new parking policy: "Brookside Gardens is reducing parking at the Visitors Center to control overcrowding. While outdoor spaces in the Gardens remain open, guidelines are in place for social distancing and the ban on groups of ten or more. Do not park in nearby neighborhoods, along Glenallan Avenue."

Chanticleer - Closed for the season and planning on re-opening on April 1.

Cylburn GardensClosing the buildings and postponed events, but the gardens remain open during daylight hours.

Delaware Botanic Gardens - Closed.
Dumbarton Oaks - The museum and garden are all closed. Public events are canceled through the end of May. The adjacent Dumbarton Oaks Park is open.

Franciscan Monastery - Buildings are closed and most tours/events are canceled. The grounds and gate are open from 9am to 3pm daily.
Glenstone Closed all galleries and indoor spaces. It will operate as an outdoor-only experience from Thursday through Sunday. Reservations are still required for the free admission.
Ladew Topiary Gardens - Programs canceled. Grounds open for the new season beginning on April 15.

Longwood Gardens - Closed.

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Closed.

McCrillis House and Gardens - The gate and grounds are open.

Monticell0 - Closed.

Mt. Cuba - Closed. Opening date of April 1 postponed.

Mt. Vernon - Closed.

Riversdale Buildings closed, grounds open.
Smithsonian Gardens - Closed.

Tregaron Conservancy - Grounds open.
US Botanic Garden - The conservatory is closed and canceled events, but grounds and Bartholdi Park are open.

US National Arboretum - Closed.
This listing is current as of 12n Monday, 4/6/20.
Please let us know if you have any further updates.

For more information about these locations and many other local public gardens, see our past issues' DayTrip columns in Washington Gardener Magazine.


  1. Our gardens remain open at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital too!


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