In 1972 First Lady Patricia Nixon opened the gates for the public to see the lovely gardens on the South Lawn of the White House. Since that time thousands, perhaps millions of Americans and international visitors with cameras in hand, have poured through Secret Service security to walk the grounds and see the carefully tended lawn and flower beds of the South Lawn.
The gates are thrown open twice each year in the spring and again in the fall to anyone who has a timed ticket. Unlike the other famous White House public events such as the Easter Egg Roll and the lighting of the Christmas Tree, obtaining tickets to the annual garden tours is easy. Just stroll along 15th Street just south of the US Treasury headquarters on the day of the tour and look for one of the helpful staff members handing out the tickets. You can also contact your Member of Congress to get tickets in advance.
After waiting in the queue for a few minutes for your time slot, the line begins to inch through the gate at 15th & Pennsylvania, pass the statue of Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman and through Secret Service checkpoint. After that you're free to wander along the wide designated path pass the East Wing, the impressive Truman Balcony on the Executive Mansion, the West Wing, the South Lawn fountain, the kitchen garden and other attractions along the way.
Here are some of the photos that I took during the 2014 Spring White House Garden Tour.
2014 White House Spring Garden Tour
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