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Tired of being indoors? Don your mask and join the Potomac Rose Society for an outdoor tour of Hartwood Rose Garden.
Hartwood Rose Garden features hundreds of rare and historic rose varieties as well as popular classics well suited for modern gardens. Owner Connie Hilker, who has shared her expertise with the Potomac Rose Society on several occasions, will lead a guided tour at 10:00 am, then stroll through the garden at your leisure. Meet friends from the Richmond Rose Society, who will join the tour. Fredericksburg is about an hour south of Washington. Do not miss the socially-distanced tour of this beautiful rose garden. Free and Open to the Public.
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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