White House vegetable garden
Photo credit: White House Photo Blog/Brooks Kraft
Garden Variety readers have been asking how the first vegetable gardening season at the White House concluded, and the answer is, it isn't over yet.
Eddie Gehman Kohan, the tireless reporter behind the Obamafoodorama blog, reports that fall crops have been planted, including pumpkins. And a high-tech composter has been added as well. And so have bird houses, to go allow with the bee hive.
The White House is offering tours of its gardens later this month, but the vegetable garden is not on it. Only the formal gardens. And only to a few visitors.
This fall's tours are scheduled from 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, Oct. 17, and from 10 AM to 3 PM on Sunday, Oct. 18th.
Tours will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather, so call the 24-hour information line at 202-456-7041 to check on the status.
Tickets are free, but are only handed out in person by the National Park Service, on the days of the event.
These will be distributed at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, located at 15th and E Streets, beginning at 8:00 AM each day, on a first-come, first-served basis. The tickets are timed, and are one ticket per person, including children.