Gardens of the National Mall in Late October

by Susan Harris
Like thousands of others with the same idea, I visited the Mall last Saturday to demonstrate my support for “sanity,” and found that the sanest thing to do on the Mall that day was to get away from the crowds and visit some gardens.  And take some photos, of course.

First up, the National Garden, where all the plants are native to this region, was looking particularly colorful.  And to me, everything looks great with the American Indian Museum in the background.

Asters in the U.S. Botanic Garden's National Garden

Below, the glass ceiling of the U.S. Botanic Garden is another gorgeous backdrop, in this case for the Bartholdi Garden across Independence Avenue.

Oakleaf Hydrangeas and Cannas in the Bartholdi Garden

Perennial Mums in the Bartholdi Garden

Mums and Salvia in the Bartholdi Garden

And here, the Rayburn House Office Building provides another dramatic backdrop for the Bartholdi Garden.

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