Spring has officially sprung across the United States! As the hummingbirds start their annual migration up the eastern seaboard, and the snow melts in even our most northern states, our treasured First Lady is celebrating by welcoming YOU to come and take a tour of the White House gardens. If you’re lucky, you might even get to meet Melania in person when you go!
- Melania’s joyful message rolled out on Twitter the morning of March 30th. Paired with a stunning image of the White House’s beautiful early-season tulip blooms, she celebrated the season with an invitation to all.
- “Spring has arrived!,” it reads. “Come enjoy the 2019 @WhiteHouse Garden Tours happening April 13 – 14. Tickets are available through the @NatlParkService. You can learn more about the tours here.”
- A matching announcement on WhiteHouse.gov lists the exciting details. Staff will open the South Lawn of the White House as well as the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden and White House Kitchen Garden to guests who visit on one or both of the two days.
- More good news: while you do need to book a ticket to the event in order to attend, there’s no need to pay a dime to register. The event is free and open to anyone who wants to see the splendor of the White House gardens first-hand.
- Now here’s the catch: tickets are first-come, first served and they’re only available through the National Park Service (NPS)’s tent. You’ll find it situated close to the intersection of 15th Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest.
- The NPS plans to start handing out tickets at 8:30 am, but bear in mind that people are very likely to start lining up much sooner. It’s best to show up early to ensure you get a chance to enjoy the experience.
- Can’t visit the White House this year? Although it isn’t the same as seeing it in person, we can help you go on a virtual tour of the White House (and the gardens) without ever leaving our site. Just use the right and left arrows at the bottom of the embedded map below to explore to your heart’s content.
Spring at the White House might not be the most pressing political topic at the moment, but it’s fun and certainly patriotic. We hope you all have an amazing season!