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You're Invited: Join the White House Fall Garden Tour

This fall, the White House will once again open its gardens and grounds to visitors from across the country continuing First Lady Michelle Obama's commitment to opening up the White House. As Mrs. Obama has said:

"This is really what the White House is all about. It’s the “People’s House.” It’s a place that is steeped in history, but it’s also a place where everyone should feel welcome. And that's why my husband and I have made it our mission to open up the house to as many people as we can."

Today, we're excited to announce the opportunity for our social media followers to join us for a special tour of the Jacqueline Kennedy GardenRose Garden, and the South Lawn, including the White House Kitchen Garden. We're calling this "White House Social" to bring in followers from a range of social networks (h/t NASA).

Interested in joining? Apply to attend the White House Social Fall Garden Tour today.

Be sure to follow @WhiteHouse on Twitter“Like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Google+. Then, apply for your chance to attend at http://www.whitehouse.gov/social and let your friends know that you applied to join the #WHGarden Tour.

White House Kitchen Garden

White House Google+ Photowalk attendees take photos in the White House Kitchen Garden during Spring Garden Tours on the South Lawn of the White House, April 21, 2012. (Photo credit: Google+ user Roma)

You can check out highlights from our Spring Garden Tour Google+ Photowalk here.

Please note, capacity for the White House Social event on Friday, October 19th, is limited. However, the White House will distribute tickets for fall garden tours to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. The White House will be opening its gardens and grounds to visitors on four occasions:

  • Saturday, October 13th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, October 14th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Friday, October 19th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and
  • Saturday, October 20th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

During these Fall Garden Tours, visitors can view the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, and South Lawn of the White House. Additionally, the White House Kitchen Garden – the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden – will be accessible to tour guests. These Garden Tours are free and open to the public; however, a ticket is required for all attendees (including small children). The National Park Service will distribute free, timed tickets at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located at 15th and E Streets on each tour day beginning at 8:00 AM. Tickets will be distributed -- one ticket per person -- on a first-come, first-served basis.

Check out the full 2012 fall garden tour booklet here.

Kasie Coccaro is the Associate Director of Online Outreach and Operations for the Office of Digital Strategy