The Franciscan Monastery Garden was once named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the best kept secrets in Washington, DC. Join us as this secret garden is revealed to us in all of its glory!
With over 1,000 roses, along with many trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and herbs; the monastery garden is pure delight for the senses. We will enjoy a guided tour of this oasis in the city, just in time to see the roses in full bloom.
During the tour, we will view the many hybrid tea, floribunda and climbing roses, and will also learn the historical significance of the beautiful statuary and architecture. After our tour, plan to meet up with fellow rose enthusiasts for a socially distanced BYO picnic in Angel Park, directly adjacent to the monastery parking lot. Several picnic tables are onsite, but feel free to bring your own picnic blanket or chair, plus any refreshments that you’d like to enjoy.
Our guide for this tour will be expert docent Patricia Cunniff. Raised in the shadow of the Franciscan Monastery, Patricia has been leading tours of the monastery gardens for thousands of visitors for over a decade. She currently serves as garden tour guide team leader for the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild. In 2015, she published a book documenting the contributions of architectural sculptor John J. Earley to the creation of the Franciscan Monastery’s altars, shrines, and grottos. This tour is sure to be both beautiful and informative! The Franciscan Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE Washington, DC 20017. Ample free parking is available. Free and Open to the Public
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