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This Weekend: Tour the White House Gardens

This Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, the White House will open its grounds for visitors for an exciting opportunity to tour the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, and Let’s Move!’s personal favorite, the White House Kitchen Garden.

The First Lady planted the White House Kitchen Garden in 2009 to initiate a national conversation around the health and wellbeing of our nation – a conversation that evolved into the Let’s Move! initiative.

Take a look at how the garden got started:


Over the past seven years, the First Lady has invited students to join her in planting and harvesting the Kitchen Garden. Mrs. Obama was in the garden just last week with local students for the annual Fall White House Kitchen Garden Harvest.

This weekend, you can come check out the Kitchen Garden for yourself and take a peek at this bountiful corner of the South Lawn! Near the garden, you will also be able to see the Pollinator Garden that was planted last year, as well as the White House beehive.

So what do you need to do in order to attend?

The tour is free and open to the public; however, a ticket is required for all attendees, including small children. The grounds will be open on Saturday, October 17 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm ET, and Sunday, October 18 from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm ET.

The National Park Service will distribute timed tickets at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located at 15th and E Streets NW. Tickets will be distributed starting at 9:00 am ET both days, and they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Find additional details here.

Be sure to share your visit on social media with #WHGarden. And if you can’t make it this weekend, you can apply for your school or community group to take a tour of the White House Kitchen Garden at a later date.

Feeling inspired to start a garden? Check out our Gardening Guide for some helpful tips on how to plant your very own kitchen garden at home or in your community.