Oatlands Historic Gardens

When I want need to visit a beautiful garden, I head to Washington National Cathedral, or here, to Oatlands. I’ve loved these gardens since I first saw them at age eight or nine. And last weekend I finally brought my children, so they could experience the gardens for themselves.

Into the Garden

There are so many interesting nooks and pathways to explore.

Bench and Greens


Brick and Garden



Looking for Frogs

The first time I visited, on an Elementary School Field Trip, the statue of the young (and naked) fawn was the source of much mirth, as it was for my children, too. I’d totally forgotten about that aspect of the childhood tour. Now I just see it as a focal point of the pretty garden design.

Pond with Statute

Pond and Boxwoods

The children were delighted to find lots of frogs and toads in the ponds, and a quick brown rabbit, which you can just see in the grass in the photo above. But as soon as the kids approached he hopped into the boxwood.

Boxwoods Looking for Rabbit


Me and Betsy

Hydrangea and Wall

Dog and Boxwoods

It was a peaceful and quiet morning in the garden (at least until we arrived) but we could see preparations underway for great festivities to come.

Wedding Ready

One of the girls declared that she would someday get married in this garden. I support that.


About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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