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Enid Haupt Garden

1050 Independence Ave SW,
Washington, DC 20560
Great for Portraits
and in our standard portraits service area.

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Enid Haupt Gardens is a tranquil and picturesque garden located in the heart of Washington DC, offering a beautiful backdrop for portrait photography. The garden was built in 1987 and designed to represent American Victorian gardens of the 19th century. It was constructed on the site of an earlier Victorian garden that was created to commemorate the nation’s Bicentennial in 1976.

The Enid Haupt Gardens is named after Enid A. Haupt, who generously donated a $3 million endowment to finance its construction and maintenance. The garden is open daily, except on December 25, and showcases a wide range of plants, including roses, magnolias, tulips, and hydrangeas. It is a popular spot for weddings, receptions, and other events due to its beautiful surroundings and peaceful atmosphere.

The garden’s serene setting, well-maintained landscape, and variety of backdrops make it an ideal location for portrait photography. Photographers can capture natural, candid moments of families, couples, and individuals amidst the beautiful flora. Additionally, the garden is free to visit, making it an excellent option for budget-conscious photographers and their clients.

Despite its many advantages, the Enid Haupt Gardens also presents a few challenges for portrait photography. The garden can be crowded, especially on weekends and during peak tourist season, which can make it difficult to get a good shot without people in the background. Visitors to the garden can also walk through shots, which can be distracting and ruin the composition.

Furthermore, parking can be unpredictable, and the garden’s location alongside the National Mall can make it a challenge to find a spot. Additionally, the garden’s climate can be hot and humid in the summer and cold and windy in the winter, which can affect the comfort level of the subjects and the quality of the photos.

Location Limitations:

When taking portraits at Enid Haupt Garden, it’s important to be mindful of other visitors by avoiding blocking walkways or taking up too much space in a way that would impede other’s enjoyment of the garden. It’s also crucial to protect the plants and flowers. Photographers should also refrain from using flash photography or any equipment that requires ground contact, such as a light stand or tripod.

Enid Haupt Garden

1050 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-2220

Portrait Permits & Costs

Permit Required:
Portraits Service Area:

Enid Haupt Garden is in our standard portraits service area.


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Best from:
April – November

Parking info:

You may find metered parking near L’Enfant Plaza. There are only a few on-street parking options available in the vicinity of the gardens, which includes some reserved spots designated for visitors with disabilities.

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