Just as we anticipate the cherry blossom peak in DC each spring, there's a lesser known blooming flower that arrives across town, mid-summer each year. And for me, it is just as impressive as those elusive cherry blossoms. Meet the magical lotus, she stands tall in pond waters, and dons large and vibrant pink petals. She makes an appearance each July at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, which is the only national park devoted to water-loving plants. The park features cultivated ponds with exotic water lilies and lotuses, as well as an impressive tidal marsh.
I remember the first time I saw the blooming lotus. It felt almost as if I was in some sort of Dr. Seuss story, the flowers were so big and bright and wonderful. Each summer I try to plan a visit to Kenilworth to witness these flowers unfolding their petals, and I was excited to share the experience this year with my mom and the boys.