Observe today’s National Public Gardens Day all weekend long

We observe many unconventional holidays here at the Going Out Guide -- who doesn't love National Taco and Vodka Day? -- but today we celebrate an especially important one: National Public Gardens Day.

There are plenty of gardens within the city, but if you aren't lucky enough to enjoy one of Washington's green nooks today, never fear. Not only do we have a lovely, early-summer  forecast this weekend, but there are plenty of garden-themed events going on as well. Need more inspiration? Check out our best bets list and our gardens gallery:

Smithsonian Garden Fest Sure, you have seen the museums indoor exhibits, but did you know that the landscaping around Washington's museums is often just as interesting? Learn more about the Smithsonian gardens today until 7 p.m.

Capitol Hill House and Garden Tour Take a peek inside the homes and gardens of one of Washington's most historic neighborhoods on Saturday and Sunday.

Georgetown Garden Tour Explore the secret gardens of Washington's most wealthy during this tour on Saturday.

Mother's Day in the Garden On Sunday, Riversdale House Museum in Prince George's County won't just show your mom around their gardens; they'll let her in free with your paid admission -- a mere $3!

Kentlands Home and Garden Tour The Gaithersburg neighborhood opens its doors to visitors Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit Brookside Gardens has filled its conservatory with colorful, fluttering creatures. The exhibit is open daily, but you will want to be sure to visit Saturday when the Silver Spring Garden Club sets up its annual sale outside the visitor center.

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