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White House Announces 2012 Fall Garden Tours

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Date: September 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - This fall, the White House will be opening its gardens and grounds to visitors on four occasions: Saturday, October 13th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Sunday, October 14th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Friday, October 19th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Saturday, October 20th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. During these fall garden tours, visitors can view the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, and South Lawn of the White House. Additionally, the White House Kitchen Garden - the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt's Victory Garden - will be accessible to tour guests.

These garden tours are free and open to the public; however, a ticket is required for all attendees (including small children). The National Park Service will distribute free, timed tickets at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located at 15th and E Streets on each tour day beginning at 8:00 AM. Tickets will be distributed -- one ticket per person -- on a first-come, first-served basis.

There will be no tours of the East Wing and Executive Residence on the dates of the garden tours.

Please note the following items are not allowed on the White House grounds:

  • Aerosols of any kind
  • Animals (except guide dogs)
  • Backpacks (oversized)
  • Balloons
  • Food or beverages of any kind
  • Duffle bags/suitcases
  • Any pointed object
  • Electric stun guns
  • Fireworks/firecrackers
  • Insulated metal containers
  • Guns/ammunition
  • Knives of any kind
  • Mace
  • Tobacco

The US Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other personal items. However, strollers, wheelchairs, umbrellas, and cameras are permitted.

All items needed for medical purposes will be permitted on the tour (e.g. wheelchairs, electric scooters, glucose tablets, EpiPens, etc.). Please identify and explain all items needed for medical purposes to US Secret Service upon arrival.

In the event of inclement weather, garden tours may be canceled. Please call the 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041 to check on the status of the event.

Did You Know?

Chester A. Arthur, 21st President: 1881-1885

Chester A. Arthur was nicknamed "Elegant Arthur" because of his "dandy" dressing. He changed clothes for every occasion at the White House. President Arthur was reported to own eighty pairs of trousers.