Spring has finally sprung in DC! I know it’s not Memorial Day Weekend yet, but I couldn’t resist breaking out white jeans and a Lilly Pulitzer tank top for a weekend adventure. I usually hate tank tops I can't wear a normal bra with but it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make for this top! I believe it's already two years old but it's one of my favorites. I love how the stitching in the middle pops against white jeans. Of course, it wouldn't be a Lilly outfit without gold accessories. I got the wedges at a sample sale for only $50 and probably stole the gold hoops from my mom at some point.
But, on to the main attraction. I found myself at Tudor Place, which, to my surprise, is just down the block from Dumbarton Oaks. I only wish I had come here first because it’s hard to top the gardens at Dumbarton. Regardless, Tudor Place had some magic and a cool history of its own.
The house once belonged to the granddaughter of Martha Washington and today serves as a museum, with gardens similar to those at Dumbarton. We stuck to the gardens, and the south lawn (pictured above), but house tours are available as well, which might be a good alternative if you’re there on a rainy day.
In the spring, the gardens boast tulips, magnolias, azaleas, lilacs and redbuds, but I could already see hints of the hydrangeas starting to bloom even though their peak time is summer.
The Tulip Poplar (featured below) is over 200 years old and was designated the “Millennium Landmark tree” by the America the Beautiful Fund. It needed logs to prop up some of the lower hanging branches, which don’t flower in most growing environments. You can see the back view of the house through the branches.
If you're looking for some history in D.C. and hoping to spend a day outside, Tudor Place should definitely be on your list!
Outfit: top: Lilly Pulitzer Annabelle top (old); jeans: Lucky Brand; shoes: Jack Rogers (similar)