Explore Nature at DC’s Annual Lotus and Water Lily Festival

Head out to D.C.'s own hidden oasis this weekend for the Lotus and Water Lily Festival. The National Park Service is hosting the event at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The annual Lotus and Water Lily Festival at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens will celebrate nature, culture and community, the National Park Service says.
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“Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is unique, as it’s the last tidal marsh in Washington, D.C., which contributes to cleansing the Anacostia River,” Anacostia Park Superintendent Tara Morrison said. “The enchanting lotuses and water lilies that bloom at the gardens give us a gentle reminder of how important it is to preserve green spaces in the city.”
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The event is part of the Year of the Anacostia, "a yearlong invitation to honor history, celebrate progress and enjoy the Anacostia River and its surroundings as we envision its inspiring future."
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A park ranger can be seen posing with a giant Amazonian lily pad at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. The lily pads can grow up to 10 feet wide
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Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a one-of-a-kind experience within Anacostia Park that offers a serene environment for recreation, reflection and environmental discovery.
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For the Year of the Anacostia, the National Park Service is inviting people to celebrate Anacostia Park, which turns 100 on August 31, 2018.
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On Saturday, Jul 21 you can catch a multitude of cultural music and dance performances as part of the Lotus and Water Lily Festival.
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Yoga and garden tours are the highlights of the festival's activities on Sunday, July 22.
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Beginning Monday, Peak Week festivities begin at the gardens with fun activities for kids, a ranger-led night hike to see the night-blooming lilies, gardening workshops for veterans and much more.
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Lotus flowers are pictured in the early flowering stage.
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The lotus flower starts its day opening its petals to welcome the morning sun.
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Bees buzz around the lotus flowers and keep busy pollinating during the summer bloom months.
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Here, a lotus flower catches the breeze.
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A lotus blood ready to bloom.
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This is an up-close look at a lotus flower's seed pod.
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