12 May Day One in DC: A Hike at the Mall
My first day in DC I went for an all day hike to see the sights and in search of gardens in the Mall. I was pleasantly surprised by the food gardens in the front lawn of the White House and a nice big beehive to boot! Next, I think the Obama’s need to get some chickens! Just think: Executive poultry– I could imagine them keeping Silkies for sure! 😉
Throughout the Mall three is a ridiculous amount of lawn. Almost no shrub layer, and Liriope seems to be the favorite ground cover used everywhere. But, I was also happy to see “weeds” in the lawns throughout.
Not having spent much time on the East Coast I was blown away by so much impressive masonry and intricate designs and details throughout the monuments and even in the smallest buildings. The diverse architecture is amazing – lots of brick and stone — has a old prestigious feel.
Much of my time was spent visiting many of the Memorials which was a very emotional and powerful experience. I spent hours in the Holocaust Museum, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial among several others.
Several of the “gardens” labeled on the maps weren’t exactly gardens, but I spent all day walking around and ran out of time. If I can I am going to try and make it back to the East side of the Mall and see the US Botanic Garden. I also got a tip to see the Enid Haupt Garden and Ripley Garden!