I am a native Washingtonian and I have been very fortunate to be able to participate in several of the historical activities around the area. I have had the privilege of going on a few White House tours which are always fascinating. I recommend that on your next visit to the Washington D.C. area you contact the White House at least a couple of weeks in advance and get the clearance to attend. There are actually several different types of tours you can attend at the White House. One of the special tours is the Gardens. The White House Gardens were open to the public in 1972 by First Lady Pat Nixon. There is one weekend during spring and fall when the White House Gardens are open to the public to walk through and take pictures. The national park service distributes the tickets to the public the morning of the public viewings. You can also contact your congressman to get a free ticket. When I went, it was a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to anyone who can attend. As we walked along the lawn there was beautiful instrumental music being played by an orchestra in the background. The grounds were immaculate. Along the grounds were pictures of past presidents and their families planting trees or using the gardens for different activities.
One of the most popular points of the garden was First Lady Michelle Obama’s vegetable garden. It was definitely one of my favorite parts of the tour. There were several raised bed gardens that had healthy plants that were thriving. The volunteer at the garden site explained that as a group of plants yielded crop they would be rotated out for another crop. There were a few plants I had not seen before, but I had seen cousins to the plants. It was exciting to see such beautiful, healthy plants that are used for meals in the White House.
This was our last stop before we walked out. It was a beautiful day! It is a treat that everyone can enjoy and I hope you do.