Deciphering DC: Moongate Garden @ Smithsonian Castle

Moongate Garden
One of two gates at the Moongate Garden

Within the Enid A. Haupt Garden (set between the Smithsonian’s Castle and the Freer|Sackler Gallery), rests the not quite secluded, but maybe you missed it, Moongate Garden. And it’s a fantastic little spot for a lunch or a sit.

The Moongate Garden gets its inspiration after the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The Temple of Heaven was completed in 1420 and is one of four major temples in Beijing (the other three came 100 years later).

The two entrances to DC’s Moongate Garden sit at opposite corners and are stone ‘gates’. Each gate is two stones with a circular shape cut out (representing the moon).

Once you’ve stepped through the circle, situated in the middle is a small pond with four walkways leading to a middle island.

A few benches are well placed next to the side of the Freer|Sackler building, giving ample opportunity for a pause to admire the view.

The Enid A. Haupt Garden itself opened in 1976, named after the donor who contributed enough money to make it a reality.

The garden is simply a great place to stroll about. Certainly one of the gems on The National Mall.

(Note: There is another moongate at the National Arboretum! Our journey will surely take us there!)

Enid A. Haupt Garden @ Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle) (1000 Jefferson Drive, SW Washington, DC)

Moongate Garden
Moongate Garden
Moongate Garden
The other moongate

Moongate Garden

Until next time.

Author: Jeremy Bailey

Writer and editor living in Washington, D.C.

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