White House to Open Gardens, Grounds to Public

Visitors will get free spring tours

By Pat Lawson Muse
|  Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010  |  Updated 4:46 PM EDT
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White House Gardens, Grounds Open to Public for 2 April Afternoons

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First lady Michelle Obama and students from Bancroft Elementary School and Kimball Elementary School harvest vegetables from the garden on the South Lawn of the White House.

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A rose by any other name is still a rose. However, a rose planted in the White House Rose Garden is a sight not to be missed.

If you love spring gardens and want to see how the White House gardens grow, you can stroll the grounds this year at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

The White House announced that from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 17 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18 you can get a personal tour of the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, Children’s Garden and the South Lawn of the White House. You’ll also get to see the White House Kitchen Garden that grows the food that feeds the first family.

The tours will be free and open to the public, but you will need a ticket. The National Park Service plans to pass them out on a first-come, first-served basis at the Ellipse Visitor Pavillion located at 15th and E streets Northwest on each tour day beginning at 8 a.m. Only one ticket per person, please.

A word of caution: While strollers, wheelchairs and cameras are permitted, the Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other personal items.

Keep in mind that the following are prohibited on White House grounds:

  • Food and Beverages
  • Duffel Bags/Suitcases/Backpacks
  • Animals (except guide dogs)
  • Aerosols and knives
  • Mace
  • Smoking
  • Real or Simulated Weapons/Ammunition
  • Fireworks/Firecrackers

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