Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

This walk through far northeast D.C. explores where, in 1879, Civil War veteran Walter B. Shaw bought the 32 acres of land that evenutally came to include Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, the only U.S. National Park devoted to aquatic plants.  Join this early-morning excursion and discover:

- How Walter Shaw's hobby of cultivating water lily and lotus plants morphed into a full-time enterprise

- When the Kenilworth neighborhood was first developed and why it transformed from an all-White to an all-Black community

- Mayfair Mansions, garden apartments developed in the 1940s by a popular radio evangelist and designed by prominent Black architect Albert I. Cassell

- Eastland Gardens, a quiet enclave of Mid-Century homes all designed by Black architects

The highlight of the walk is a visit to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, one of the most beautiful and least-known attractions in Washington, D.C.  Besides viewing its famous water lilies, participants can stroll a boardwalk over river wetlands, looking out for herons, egrets, and dragonflies.  July is peak bloom time for water lilies!.  

Explore more Washington, D.C. walks: Theodore Roosevelt Island and Rock Creek Cemetery

Guides that may lead this tour: 
Portrait of Carolyn

CAROLYN attributes her devotion to walking tours to perambulations through her new hometown when she arrived to earn an M.F.A. in Acting from The Catholic University of America. She is the founder of Washington Walks.

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Saturday, July 20, 2024, 9:00 a.m.

Also available for private tour bookings any time of year.  Please email for more information.

Approximately 2 hours
Required and limited to fifteen (15) participants.

$35 per person.

Contact for cost of private walks.

Embarks from inside the Minnesota Avenue Metro station just beyond the turnstiles.
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