Washington Youth Garden's Demonstration Garden is on the grounds of the United States National Arboretum. We're nestled between Fern Valley and the National Grove of State Trees. You can find us as you walk down the road towards the Capitol Columns (it will be on your right) and take a left at the fork. Our hours of operation are the same as the Arboretum's: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday, with the exception of Federal Holidays.
The one-acre Demonstration Garden is fenced off to prevent our larger fauna neighbors (rabbits, deer, and groundhogs... oh my!) from nibbling, and all of our produce is grown without pesticides.
Here at Washington Youth Garden, we ask that you stick to our three agreements when visiting the Demonstration Garden:
Agreement No. 1: Stay on the path
Throughout the garden we have mulched paths for you to easily explore the area. Unlike grass, which can withstand the pitter patter of little running feet, our growing seedlings cannot.
Agreement No. 2: Pick with (our) permission
Our produce is used not only for our programs but to donate to places like the Capital Area Food Bank as well, and we want to make sure everyone can enjoy what the garden grows. Just ask our friendly staff members and we'll be happy to let you know what's available to taste.
Agreement No. 3: Respect all living things
We have a lot of critters that live in our garden, from pollinators like bees and butterflies to soil dwellers like worms and snakes. We have insects that protect our plants from others that would otherwise eat them, so it is very important to leave them in peace. We also ask you to respect our staff when asked to do (or not to do) something, as your and our safety is paramount.
An important note for unscheduled visits (particularly school groups): From April to October, our Demonstration Garden is used for on-site programming. SPROUT field trip slots are from 10:00 - 11:30 A.M. and 1:00 - 2:30 P.M. Wednesdays through Fridays, and in order for these groups to get the most out of their trip, we ask you to let us know when you would like to come by so that everyone enjoys themselves in the garden with room to move about. We acknowledge that while our garden is public, these groups have paid for and scheduled trips with us usually months in advance. Please call us at 202.245.2709 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be more than happy to work with you in finding the most favorable time for you to visit.
current school gardens
Aside from maintaining the Demonstration Garden, WYG is presently working with seven schools as partners for our Garden Science program:
Center City Public Charter School Trinidad Campus (Ward 5)
Bishop Walker School for Boys (Ward 8)
KIPP Webb Campus (Ward 5)
Hendley Elementary School (Ward 8)
John Burroughs Education Campus (Ward 5)
Friendship Public Charter School Woodridge Campus (Ward 5)
Smothers Elementary School (Ward 7)