Two weekends each year the White House invites the public to see the gardens. Tickets are needed and are free available on the day of on a first-come, first-serve basis. I was fortunate to be off work this past weekend. I woke up early and was lined up at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion by 8 a.m. There were already a lot of people waiting but when the ticket booth opened at 9 a.m the line moved very quickly and I received a ticket with a 10 a.m entry-stamp, the earliest possible entry. Score! Security was not bad and soon I was on a self-guided leisurely tour exploring the South Lawn.
|Malia & Sasha’s playground set|
|The Rose Garden|
|Flowering Wisteria vines hang from the South Portico of the White House|
|Jacqueline Kennedy Garden|