Public invited to stroll the South Lawn; tickets are free but required...
Washington, DC - In a further sign that things are back to normal in the nation's capitol after the 16-day government shutdown, the White House on Friday announced that this year's Fall Gardens & Grounds tours will be next weekend on Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th.
The self-guided walking tours of the South Lawn include First Lady Michelle Obama's Kitchen Garden, which grew wild during the shutdown, but is once again being tended by National Park Service Gardeners, newly returned from furlough. (At top, the President strolls in the Kitchen Garden)
The very popular annual event will be from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on both days. Tickets are free, but are required even for small children.
"During this event, visitors can see 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 guests," the White House said.
The tickets are timed for entrance, and can be picked up at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located at 15th and E Streets on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 7:30 AM. Tickets will be distributed--one ticket per person (including small children)--on a first-come, first-served basis, the White House said.
In the event of inclement weather, the tours may be cancelled. Call the White House 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041 to check on the status of the event.
As is the case for all White House events, the following items are not allowed on the White House grounds:
Aerosols of any kind
Animals (except guide dogs)
Food or beverages of any kind
Any pointed object
Electric stun guns
Insulated metal containers
Knives of any kind
U.S. Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other personal
items. However, strollers, wheelchairs, umbrellas, and cameras are
permitted," the White House said.
"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 U.S. Secret Service upon arrival."
*Photo by Pete Souza/White House, taken on President Obama's birthday on Aug. 4, 2012.