From September 25 to 26 the Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) will host What’s Out There Weekend, providing residents and visitors an opportunity to discover and explore twenty-five free, publicly accessible sites in the nation’s capital. Many are places people pass daily, but do we know their background stories?
A launch party for the weekend will take place Thursday evening, September 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the new 36,000 square foot Room & Board store (1840 14th Street, NW). During the launch event an on-site drawing will be held for a $500 Room & Board gift certificate and a separate drawing for a voucher for a dinner for four at Hank’s Oyster Bar.
D.C. has one of the nation’s great concentrations of designed landscapes – parks, gardens and public spaces – laid out by landscape architects or designers, an unrivaled legacy that stretches back more than 200 years. During the two days of What’s Out There Weekend, TCLF will offer free tours by expert guides to Meridian Hill Park, Pershing Plaza, the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, the National Gallery of Art East Building Plaza, Rock Creek Park, Congressional Cemetery and others.
The Washington, D.C.-based TCLF’s goal is to make visible these sites and their stories just like the capital city’s great buildings, monuments and memorials. A companion What’s Out There Weekend Web site (tclf.org/landscapes/wot-weekend-DC) features downloadable information about all the locations and a schedule of tours.
What’s Out There Weekend Sites
- Congressional Cemetery
- Dumbarton Oaks
- Dumbarton Oaks Park
- Enid A. Haupt Garden
- Federal Reserve Board Gardens
- Fort Circle Parks
- Franciscan Monastery Garden
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
- Freedom Plaza
- George Washington Memorial Parkway
- Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden
- Howard University
- Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
- Mary Livingston Ripley Garden
- Meridian Hill Park
- National Gallery of Art East Building Plaza
- National Mall
- Pershing Plaza
- Rock Creek Park
- Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial
- Tudor Place
- U.S. Capitol Grounds
- U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial
- Washington National Cathedral