Today, a couple of friends and I went over to Anacostia in southeast D.C. to visit Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens. The park, marshes, and gardens are maintained by the U.S. National Park Service and are, according to the NPS, the only "unit dedicated to cultivating water-loving plants." The gardens are spread across 12 acres in southeast Washington and feature more than 35 ponds filled with a beautiful variety of water lilies, lotus, and other aquatic species. There are also more than 70 acres of freshwater tidal marshes, which makes for great bird watching, if you like that sort of thing, as well as butterflies, frogs, fish, and small mammals.
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential (09/07)