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White House Announces 2011 Spring Garden Tours

2011 Spring Garden Tours

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News Release Date: April 1, 2011
Contact: White  House Visitor Center, 202-208-1631

The White House will open its gardens and grounds to visitors on Saturday, April 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m., and on Sunday, April 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visitors can view the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden and the South Lawn of the White House. The Kitchen Garden will once again 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 a.m. Tickets will be distributed -- one ticket per person -- on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Please note the following items are not allowed on the White House grounds:
 

  • Aerosols of any kind
  • Animals (except guide dogs)
  • Backpacks (oversized)
  • Balloons
  • Beverages of any kind
  • Chewing gum
  • Duffle bags/suitcases
  • Any pointed object
  • Electric stun guns
  • Fireworks/firecrackers
  • Food of any kind
  • Guns/ammunition
  • Knives of any kind
  • Mace
  • Smoking

The U.S. Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other personal items. However, strollers, wheelchairs, and cameras are permitted.
 
In the event of inclement weather, the Garden Tours may be cancelled. Please call the 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041 to check on the status of the event. Tours of the White House will not occur on the dates of the Garden Tours.

Did You Know?

White's Lot, 1865

During the American Civil War, the grounds of the Ellipse and incomplete Washington Monument were used as corrals for horses, mules, and cattle, also camp sites for Union Troops.