The Lotus and Water Lilies Festival starts this Saturday and runs for a week at the Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens operated by the National Park Service.
The water plants harness the Anacostia’s marshy terrain, heat and humidity to create and thrust skyward blooms of striking beauty and grace. Some lotus blooms dance in the breeze almost six feet in the air and are the size of a man’s head. You can smell their sweet scent as you walk between the ponds. It is wonderfully calming to be surrounded by these masterworks of nature.