Hidden from the winter

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On a recent Sunday, having had enough of winter, I snuck away to the botanical gardens down on the National Mall.  While the grey city outside alternated between sleet and snow, inside the glassy greenhouse walls, the world was balmy and lush with greenery.  Kumquat trees were heavy with fruit, orchids and bromeliads radiated bright colors, and every now and then the rooms grew hazy with cool mist.

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I wandered around quietly, wondering why I hadn’t been spending every weekend here since winter had begun to wear me down in January.  Eventually, I climbed to the upper tier of the large rainforest room and found an empty bench, determined to stay until closing and forget about winter for a little while.  Before long I noticed that the other people occupying the benches were doing the same thing: sometimes reading, mostly alone, and sitting far too long on the benches to just be resting from a long day of sightseeing like the tourists that whirled around the greenhouse paths.  It was nice, quiet company, all of us basking in the refuge of a manufactured summer’s day.

[3/14/14] Edited just a tad to join in to for Fiesta Friday, hosted by one of my favorite bloggers, The Novice Gardener.  It’s been a long week, and I could use a little fun.

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29 Comments on “Hidden from the winter

  1. Super photos. Feels like I can enjoy the warmth of the rainforest room here from the screen. What a great plan to escape Winter in a botanical garden this is top tip! Like a mini holiday.

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  2. Simply stunning photographs, it reminds me of the botanical bit at Kew Gardens, wow those cactus’s look dangerous hehe…..great photography thank you for sharing x

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  4. Your pictures are beautiful and remind me that I should go visit my local Botanical Gardens. I am a member and also volunteer there during the warmer months. Always inspiring just to visit… :)

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  5. Great photos! I could close my eyes and imagine myself in that quiet, warm place with a good book. Lovely Fiesta Friday entry..

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  6. Lovely greenery–thanks for sharing these photos with us. I find plants to be calming and soothing and enjoyed looking at these beauties.

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  7. DC’s botanical gardens are the best – and your photos are spectacular Valerie! How I wish it wasn’t a 9 hour drive away…

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  8. I live in DC and never knew this botanical garden existed! I think I’ll have to take a long lunch one day next week to walk over there. So glad you shared it!

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  10. I live near a greenhouse that has an amazing assortment of plants and trees. I often like to get away during the gray and wintery months. You reminded me of this with your post… I need to get away again. . . SOON… Thanks!

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    • Yes, not scheduling a warm weather getaway this year was a big mistake. I’ve got a trip scheduled for the end of this month and it can’t come soon enough.

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  11. Oh, I love this place! I try to go once a year. Maybe I’ll drive down this weekend. Photos are beautiful and very much appreciated! We could use them in our Fiesta Friday. It’s a blog party I host. I hope you’ll come and join when you get the chance. I know there are many participants who would enjoy your photography. I do! :-)

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    • Isn’t it just the most gorgeous building? I’ve been meaning to join in for Fiesta Friday. Can I add this one or does it need to be something published on a Friday?

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