Another trip offered by the retirement community where I live. This time the destination was Washington, DC, The Smithsonian Institution, and specifically the Victorian garden which resides behind the Smithsonian Castle.
As we exited the Castle through these doors,
here was the first view.
What a blue sky day, low humidity for Washington, too.
Off to the right and left are large trees with air plants hanging from the branches.
The garden is so symmetrical.
The garden is flanked by two museums which are primarily underground.
In fact the Victorian Garden is on top of the museum spaces for these two museums.
Though the museum with the circle motif is on the left, the gardens on the right have the circle motif.
Another view of the castle.
The docent took us in to a hidden garden where tropical plants are displayed.
If I'm ever here for lunch I'll have to bring it to this out of the way spot.
We then visited the gardens on the left which had a square theme.
See the Washington monument above the trees. Just this week it has reopened.
Here's another garden we visited on our own on the other side of the Exhibition Hall
One last shot of the castle where our white bus waits to take us back home.