April 25, 2014 at 2:45 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Buds, blooms and blades
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Flower Mart at National Cathedral. (Photo by Wendy Steck Merriman)



Georgetown’s Book Hill neighborhood holds its annual French Market today (Friday, April 25) and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Shop at local antique stores and visit art galleries. There will be crepes, sandwiches, French pastries and discounts on wine. Live music, strolling mimes and a Parisian face painter will all be part of the entertainment for the weekend. Dumbarton House and Tudor Place, Georgetown’s historic house museums, will also be open for children arts and crafts activities. For more information, visit georgetowndc.com.

United States Botanic Garden (100 Maryland Ave., S.W.) holds its “Celebrate Earth Day Festival” today (Friday, April 25) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Watch cooking demonstrations with seasonal produce and meet with representatives of local environmental organizations. Admission is free. For details, visit usbg.gov.



Ladew Gardens (3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, Md.) offers numerous events throughout the month.

Its Garden Festival is on May 3 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Shop from about 40 vendors, tour the Gardens and Manor House and also enjoy a nature walk. There will be a “Priority Preview” and lecture from garden ornament and antiques expert Barbara Israel. Tickets for this are $75 for members and $100 for non-members. Price includes a continental breakfast and first chance to shop from vendors. General admission entry begins at 10 a.m. General admission tickets range from $15-50 and are available at the door.

The garden also hosts “Spring Storytime in the Gardens” on May 6 and May 21. On May 6, read about flowers while sitting in the garden for the garden’s “Flower Power” storytime. On May 21, “Blue Bird Blue Sky” will focus on reading about all things blue. “Spring Storytime in the Gardens” is for children ages 2-6. Tickets are $5 per child/adult pair for members and $15 per child/adult pair for non-members. Additional siblings are $5 each.

As part of the garden’s “In the Garden Series” learn advanced gardening skills from professional gardeners on pond maintenance May 21 at 9:30 a.m. Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members. Ticket includes admission to the Gardens and nature walk. Reservations are required. For more details, visit ladewgardens.com.

All Hallows Guild holds its 75th annual Flower Mart at The National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) May 2 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and May 3 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. There will be floral and horticultural displays, more than 80 gift vendors, food, folk dancers and live music. Ride an antique 1890s carousel, climb to the bell tower and much more. The festival also includes a used book sale tent, white elephant tent and children’s rides, games and face painting. For details, visit cathedral.org.

United States Botanical Gardens presents “Celebrate HerbDay! Festival” May 3 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn all about herbs and celebrate their significance through demonstrations, activities and information tables.

The garden also holds a few lectures throughout the month. “Native Perennials with Bling,” a lecture by “The Perennial Diva” Stephanie Cohen, is May 9 from noon-1:15 p.m. Cohen discusses perennial plants and what makes them a good support for wildlife and their sustainability.

“The Fascinating World of Carnivorous Plants,” a lecture by United States Botanical Gardens science education volunteer Todd Brethauer, is on May 24 from 10 a.m.-noon. Brethauer discusses 700 carnivorous plant species that capture and digest insects and small animals. Pre-registration is required. For more details, visit usbg.gov.

Green Spring Gardens (12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax, Va.) has “Spring Garden Day: The Big Plant Sale” May 17 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 40 vendors selling rare and unusual plants will be on display. For more information, visit fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring.

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