First, Canada caught on fire, and we rescheduled our visit because the air was full of smoke. Then, the heat index was predicted to be 111F, and we didn’t want to melt all over the flowers. BUT NOW, we’re planning our trip to the Botanic Gardens AGAIN, and this time we’re going when we feel confident that no heat-based drama will affect us! Join us for this family-friendly exploration of the Conservatory and Outdoor Gardens, then enjoy a picnic (bring your own!) with fellow alumni. Executive Director Julia will be bringing homemade cookies for everyone! How to get there: Orange, Blue, or Silver lines to Federal Center SW; 32, 34, & 36 Buses; DC Circulator National Mall route; some metered street parking. We will meet at the entrance to the Conservatory, which is on Maryland Avenue. Note: There is no food or drink for sale at the Botanic Garden. You will need to bring your own food for the picnic. There are water fountains and bottle-refilling stations, and there are a deli and a pizza restaurant a few blocks away. Additionally, this is not a formal, docent-led tour, which are still suspended. However, the USBG has a robust audio tour that you can do using your phone. IN CASE OF SIGNIFICANT RAIN: The visit will still happen! However, we will only go to the conservatory, not explore the outdoor areas. The picnic portion will be canceled (although Julia will still bring cookies!) (We truly did not anticipate any issues other than rain when we planned this, but if, for instance, a tornado comes through, or a giant lizard attacks, we promise we will make the responsible decision and reschedule for a THIRD time!)
This is what happens when you joke about giant lizards taking your event out, after you’ve scheduled it for a third time. If the (seemingly increasingly likely by the hour) shutdown goes forward, the Botanic Garden will be affected, and closed. In the interest of allowing folks to make alternate arrangements for their weekends, we’re going to go ahead and make the call now that we won’t be doing this event. We’ll try again in the spring!