All tours will begin promptly at the indicated time and depart from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. All ticket sales are final and events take place rain or shine. Participation in each tour is limited, so register early to reserve your ticket. “Lunch on your own” indicates there will be a planned stop where you can purchase food. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunches or snacks along on tours where lunch is not provided.
Friday, September 10
T01 SOLD OUT!!!
7:30 am–5:00 pm
Virginia Hunt Country
Experience a rare glimpse into four private gardens in Virginia's northern piedmont. These award-winning and often-published properties are rarely opened for viewing to outside groups. Projects range from a 3-acre garden of uber plantswoman Donna Hackman to a 500-acre estate. Enjoy lunch featuring the best local organic produce and wines in the gardens at Running Cedar. The afternoon will culminate with a tour of the exquisite gardens at Salamander Farms in Middleburg.
Tour Leaders: Richard Arentz, ASLA, Arentz Landscape Architects; Elisabeth Zimmerman, ASLA
$180 per person; Includes transportation, catered lunch with wine, and bottled water.
T02 This tour has been cancelled.
8:00 am–3:00 pm
Landscapes and Memorials West of the Potomac River
Join prominent landscape architects for an intimate tour of some of the most significant landscapes and memorials on the Arlington, Va., side of the Potomac: Arlington National Cemetery, its prominent hill graced with Arlington House, and its rolling landscape marked with row upon row of headstones and memorials; the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, an adaptive reuse of McKim, Mead and White’s grand cemetery gateway; the Marine Corp (aka, Iwo Jima) Memorial and parade ground; the Air Force Memorial, its soaring form reminiscent of the “missing man” flight formation; and the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon, the first of the three such site memorials to be dedicated.
Tour Leaders: Elliot Rhodeside, FASLA, Rhodeside & Harwell; Marsha Lea, ASLA, AECOM
$90 per person; Includes transportation, box lunch, and bottled water.
T03 This tour has been cancelled.
8:00 am–4:00 pm
The Transformative Contemporary Landscapes of Baltimore
Many of us know of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, an early bright spot in that once gritty, neglected city. This tour will go beyond that national tourist icon to reveal further refinements to Baltimore’s rich urban fabric. With landscape architects leading the way, great new open spaces are emerging across the downtown and waterfront communities, transforming the city one green roof, waterfront park, and plaza at a time. Landscape architecture firms such as Thomas Balsley Associates, Hord Coplan Macht, and W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, have placed their mark on Charm City and will be represented here to offer insight into the conceptual development and implementation of these valuable open spaces.
Tour Leaders: Om Khurjekar, ASLA, Hord Coplan Macht, Inc.; Brian Reetz, ASLA, Design Collective, Inc.
$110 per person; Includes bus transportation, water taxi, and bottled water. Lunch on your own.
T04 This tour has been cancelled.
8:00 am–4:00 pm
Vanguards of New Urbanism: Kentlands, Maryland, and Reston, Virginia
Join founders Robert Simon and Joseph Alfandre to explore Reston, Va., and Kentlands/Lakelands in Gaithersburg, Md., the pioneering New Town and New Urbanist communities that pushed the planning envelope. Hear from the founders responsible for envisioning and realizing these walkable, environmentally sensitive, mixed-use communities now encouraged by Sustainable Sites, CNU, and USGBC. Learn about the challenges to implementing progressive planning concepts—from both the public and private sector points of view. On this bus and walking tour, enjoy the communities' sense of place and the aesthetic of new urbanism.
Tour Leader: Hannah Robinson Murrary ASLA, LEED AP and Gary Unterberg ASLA, LEED AP Rodgers Consulting, Inc.
$90 per person; Includes transportation, group donation to the Reston Museum and Shop, and bottled water. Lunch on your own.
8:30 am–2:30 pm
Modern Landscapes in the Nation’s Capital
Explore modern landscapes in L’Enfant’s baroque city. This tour will view the exciting and sometimes controversial landscapes in the context of Washington’s revitalized neighborhoods and monumental parks. Tours range from Kathryn Gustafson’s shimmering National Portrait Gallery courtyard in the dynamic Penn Quarter to Wallace Roberts & Todd’s new 10-acre Potomac River waterfront park that brings access and life back to a part of lower Georgetown that had been dormant for decades.
Tour Leader: Edward Hamm, ASLA, Rhodeside & Harwell; JoAnn Trach Tongson ASLA, LEED AP, Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc.
$70 per person; Includes transportation and bottled water. Lunch on your own.
T06 SOLD OUT!
8:30 am–3:30 pm
Sustainably Designed Residential Estates of Bethesda and Chevy Chase
Visit some of suburban Maryland's most beautiful estate gardens nestled inside the Capital Beltway. From historic to contemporary, grand to intimate, the focus of this tour will be the work of six leading local design firms and each site's specific characteristics, architectural styles, and sustainable features. Green roofs, geothermal systems, net zero energy living, and solar design solutions highlight the tour, as do masterful design detail, unique recreational amenities, and lush planting designs—native and ornamental. If time permits, the tour will return along the Potomac River via the George Washington Parkway, designated an All-American Scenic Road.
Tour Leaders: Sandra Youssef Clinton, FASLA, Clinton & Associates, PC; Bob Hruby, ASLA, Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, Inc.
$120 per person; Includes transportation, box lunch, and bottled water.
9:30 am–12:30 pm
Georgetown Gardens Gems
Experience the wonderful, historic inner beauty of Georgetown, originally a river port that predated Washington, D.C. This tour will feature historic homes and classic gardens in what is now one of Washington’s most prestigious neighborhoods. Four private gardens designed by local landscape architects—including Oehme, van Sweden & Associates and Graham Landscape Architecture—will be on exclusive display for this tour. Each garden will have a design firm representative to explain the site's unique characteristics, architectural style, context, landscape, and special considerations for building within a historic district.
Tour Leader: Robert Tilson, FASLA, Tilson Group
$80 per person; Includes transportation and bottled water.
9:00 am–12:00 noon
Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Park
Dumbarton Oaks in upper Georgetown is the most famous garden in Washington. Originally designed by Beatrix Farrand in the 1920s and 1930s, with some later updates, the gardens feature formal terraces, beautiful ironwork, benches, and stonecarving and offer a masterful lesson in how to handle a sloping site. The woodlands beyond, owned by the National Park Service, were once part of the original property. Dumbarton Oaks horticulturist Gail Griffin will lead a tour of both the gardens and park, showing the rarely appreciated links between the two.
Tour Leaders: Sally Boasberg, Honorary ASLA, Sarah Boasberg Landscape Design; Gail Griffin, Dumbarton Oaks; Kathy Horan, Friends of the National Arboretum
$55 per person; Includes transportation, admission fee, and bottled water.
9:30 am–4:30 pm
Washington’s Potomac: A River Journey through Time (Boat Tour)
As if through the eyes of George Washington, approach Mount Vernon’s Potomac waterfront landscape from the river. On the 15-mile cruise south of D.C., once the boat passes Alexandria, Va., you will be treated to views of wooded banks similar to those that drew Washington’s attention when he was searching for a capital site. At Mount Vernon, you will be treated to a tour tailored to landscape architects of the recent interventions to the property. Enjoy the estate’s grounds and newly completed visitors center, then lunch on your own before shuttling back downtown along the Mount Vernon Memorial Parkway with vistas back out to the river, a superb example of parkway design.
Tour Leaders: Claire Bedat, ASLA, Landscape Architecture Bureau; Brian Kane, ASLA, The Kane Group Landscape Architects
$140 per person; Includes bus and boat transportation, admission fee, and bottled water. Lunch on your own.
10:00 am–4:00 pm
Private Urban Gardens: An Inside Look at Northwest DC's Neighborhoods
Visit some of upper Northwest Washington’s most beautiful gardens designed by leading capital area landscape architects. You will be exploring the prominent historic neighborhoods of Woodley Park, Cleveland Park, and Chevy Chase, which are home to some of the finest urban residences inside the Capital Beltway. Representatives of the firms will be on hand to answer questions, talk about their inspiration, and discuss lessons learned during the process, including integration into the urban fabric, historical considerations, design detail, and lush planting designs.
Tour Leaders: Susanne Fyffe, ASLA, Fyffe Landscape Architecture; Carla Ellern, ASLA, FLA, Carla Ellern Landscape Architecture
$120 per person; Includes transportation, parking fees, box lunch and bottled water.
11:00 am–3:30 pm
Streetscape Innovations in D.C.
Come explore the streetscapes of the nation’s capital, where innovative methods are being used effectively to grow large trees and manage stormwater. Get the inside perspective on site design challenges and the realities of ultra-urban implementation. Learn about city initiatives and public-private partnerships bringing new research into practice. See how the landscape is transforming and revitalizing D.C. neighborhoods. Get a close look at how smart planting and new low-impact development have been implemented from the Anacostia Waterfront and Nationals Ballpark to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Casey Trees Headquarters, downtown K Street, and the White House.
Tour Leaders: Meredith Upchurch, ASLA, District Department of Transportation; Maisie Hughes, Associate ASLA, Casey Trees
$60 per person; Includes transportation and bottled water.
T12 SOLD OUT!
A Historic Perspective on Bicycle Transportation (Bike Tour)
This leisurely bike ride will showcase the history of urban design and bicycle transportation in Washington, D.C., primarily along the streets of the historic L'Enfant Plan, and will include landmarks such as the National Mall and Lincoln Park. To enhance the value of the experience, tour guides will be D.C.-based landscape architects and transportation planners, and the ride will be appropriate for bicyclists of all skill levels. The route includes portions of a new multi-use trail, as well as the high-profile BikeStation at Union Station, the SmartBike bicycle-sharing system, and Nationals Stadium.
Tour Leaders: Jennifer Hefferan, ASLA, District Department of Transportation; Jeffrey Catts, ASLA, HNTB
$95 per person; Includes bike rental, helmet, bike lock, and bottled water.
Embassies and Their Gardens
Only at a Washington ASLA event such as this can Society members have the opportunity to visit these foreign embassies and their gardens. This tour will feature several different styles of embassy garden, each reflecting the aesthetic of its host country, from the grand garden of the British Embassy, one of the most prominent and restricted-access properties on Washington’s Massachusetts Ave. Embassy Row, to the Modern roof terraces of the Canadian Chancery located almost adjacent to the U.S. Capitol.
Tour Leader: Sally Boasberg, Honorary ASLA, Sarah Boasberg Landscape Design
$80 per person; Includes transportation and bottled water.