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Washington DC — By Jon Rochetti on April 14, 2010 at 5:29 pm
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Weekend Azalea & Garden Festival in Bethesda

Take a tour of the 2½ acre Perkins Garden at the Landon School’s annual Azalea Festival in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington DC and get a glance at the over 15,000 azalea blooms that the main garden produces each year.

The Landon School first opened just weeks before the American stock market crash of 1929.  During it’s first year, the demanding headmaster expelled half of the first 23 students for not meeting his high performance standards.  A few years later, the school moved to its current 75-acre location in Bethesda, which includes the large azalea garden.

The Azalea Festival started 57 years ago when Landon’s founders opened the school’s azalea garden to the public.  Besides azaleas and wildflowers to enjoy, you can purchase annuals, azaleas, flowering shrubs and roses, , wildflowers and perennials, herbs and vegetables, and garden accessories at the festival’s plant sale.

For furniture shoppers, the used furniture market includes donated antiques and furniture, home accessories, art, handbags and costume jewelry for sale.   In addition, there will be more than 50 boutique vendors at the fest selling a range of items from jewelry and clothing, to one-of-a-kind gift items.

For the children, FunLand offers children’s activities including rock climbing, inflatable rides and games, face-painting, and a dunk tank.

Some of the school’s music students will also be performing a pops concert on Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m.  Tickets are required – Adults – 18.00, Seniors – $15.00, nad available at the door on a first come basis.

57th Annual Azalea Festival
Landon School
6101 Wilson Lane
Bethesda, Maryland  (map it)

Dates & Times - April 30 – May 2, 2010 - 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tickets – Free admission.

Nearest Metro Subway Station – Bethesda – Red line, then a 2-mile cab ride.

Parking -  Free.

Images – Flickrpink bloom, white & pink bloom

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