. . . stopped to see the lilies in Northeast Washington. Caught between the Anacostia River's steady flow and streaming freeway traffic, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is an oasis of calm. Colorful blooms float on dark ponds, while the huge leaves of Victoria amazonica create islands of their own. The watery blooms peak in the summer, but fall offers its own attractions as the cattails fatten in the marsh and the pink-kissed lotuses leave behind their shower-headed seedpods.
Youngsters follow a boardwalk into the 77-acre marsh that borders the gardens.
(2000 Photo Michael Lutzky -- The Washington Post)
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Free. Anacostia Avenue and Douglas Street NE. Open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. For more information, call 202-426-6905 or go to www.nps.gov/kepa.
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