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Power of Plants and People: A Hybrid Annual Lotus and Water Lily Festival

In an effort to ensure nature lovers could safely experience and celebrate the blooming of the lotus and water lilies all that nation’s only National Park site devoted to aquatic plant life has to offer, Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and National Park Service kicked of a Virtual Lotus and Water Lily Festival July 8, 2021, featuring on-demand videos, interactive activities, and events for the entire family through the end of the month. Themed, “Power of Plants and People,” visitors were welcomed to enjoy Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens for daily Ranger-led talks, viewing of the lotus and water lily blooms, crafting, and scavenger hunts, in addition to online events and activities including:

A note from our Executive Director:

“Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens – and all of our national parks – have become healing spaces for people during the pandemic, so we are looking forward to co-hosting this virtual festival with National Capital Parks-East which will now reach an even larger, local and international audience,” said Tina O’Connell, executive director of Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. “We’re particularly pleased to be working with park neighbors to increase activities at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and to be working with Ward 7 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Siraaj Hasan who hosts this year’s opening ceremonies.”