Sunday, August 30, 2009

Inspiration: DC 'au naturale

If you're looking for a little creative inspiration as the work week begins, find an excuse to explore the greener side of DC. From the banks of the Potomac River to the tip of Rock Creek Park, inspiration abounds within the boundaries of the District. Here are just a few places to soak up the colors, smells and wonder of the natural side of D.C.

Morning, when the water lilies are in bloom, is a great time to take in Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. (free!)

Pack a picnic lunch and your walking shoes and head to the National Arboretum to explore the national herb garden, bonsai museum, fern valley and so much more! (also free!)

And, if you're looking for an excuse to come in out of the sun, round out the day with a trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's (live) butterfly exhibit. (not free.)


Rachel said...

Thanks for the tips, the butterfly exhibit looks really neat!

April said...

oh yes, this reminds me that I need to get out of the house and into nature! The US Botanical Garden is also a good option (and free)!

PollyScoots said...

Rachel--Brookside Gardens in Montgomery County also has a fab butterfly exhibit (actually better than the Smithsonian's IMHO). On display through Sept. 20. Details

April--so true--LOVE the botanical garden!

UglyKitty said...

Gorgeous photos!