Gardens & Parks

Notable public gardens and parks in the Washington DC area. Information for photographers.

Netherlands Carillon in Arlington, Virginia, with Tulips

Netherlands Carillon

The Netherlands Carillon stands next to the Iwo Jima Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery and offers one of the best views in the area.

Tulips at the Floral Library in Washington DC

NPS Floral Library

The NPS Floral Library is a small garden patch planted by the National Park Service that features several varieties of tulips in the spring.

Moongate Garden

Moongate Garden

Hidden away behind the Smithsonian Castle, the Moongate Garden is a small oasis of calm inspired by Temple of Heaven Garden in Beijing.

Rose Garden in Arlington Virginia Peach and White

Bon Air Memorial Rose Garden

The Bon Air Memorial Rose Garden in Arlington makes for a beautiful backdrop for wedding or engagement photos when the roses are in bloom.

National Arboretum Capitol Columns

National Arboretum

The National Arboretum makes for a pleasant park, but its official mission is education and research. With 446 acres and 9.5 miles of meandering roads, it’s laid out as a very large park with paddocks, forested areas, ponds, and groves, lots of groves.