The Landscape Architect’s Guide to

Washington, D.C.

Woodley Park / Upper Northwest D.C.

Smithsonian National Zoo Park

Your Guide
Radhika Mohan, ASLA

If you are in D.C. and visiting the famed National Mall and its Smithsonian museums, don’t forget about the other Smithsonian in Woodley Park: the National Zoo. Like its siblings on the Mall, it’s free and open to the public. Founded in 1889 and designed by the Olmsteds, it reflects their aesthetic through picturesque paths and architecture that fits into the landscape. Each section of the park reflects the animals within through geographically themed flora. Visitors can see native plants from parts of Southeast Asia and the African subcontinent without leaving the Nation’s capitol.


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Karl Snyder September 27, 2012 10:39 AM
I didn't know the zoo existed. Impressive walkways! Inspiring use of fauna to bring out the striking topography. Thanks for the tour. We’ll have to go.
Dr. S K Padma September 20, 2012 10:57 AM
Very nice, but no animals or birds are seen.
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