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Columbia Island in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

First Bloom

Lady Bird Johnson Park

 

—George Washington Memorial Parkway —

 
First Bloom Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 25, 2011
1. First Bloom Marker
Inscription.
”To me beautification means our total concern for the physical and human quality we pass on to our children and the future.”
- Lady Bird Johnson


When kids connect with national parks, the result is conservation. Through the First Bloom program, sponsored by the National Park Foundation, children learn to garden with plants native to our region, to remove invasive weeds, to beautify their own communities, and to protect park landscapes for other people to discover and enjoy.

Lady Bird Johnson, wife of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson, was a strong and early advocate for the environment. As First Lady from 1963-1969, she spearheaded efforts to beautify the Washington, D.C. area and the nation’s highways. After returning to Texas, Mrs. Johnson continued her legacy to increase the sustainable use of native wildflowers and plants.

First Bloom teaches children the wonders of the outdoor world and, how gardening can build confidence and social skills while enhancing communities. They learn about the importance of plants native to our region and how invasive non-native species threaten the environment. Children grow to care about protecting and restoring habitats for wildlife and local plant species. And, most importantly, children are made aware that
Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson image. Click for full size.
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2. Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson
national parks belong to all of us and they are encouraged to become future stewards.
 
Erected 1978 by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 52.721′ N, 77° 3.078′ W. Marker is in Columbia Island, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from George Washington Memorial Parkway north of Boundary Channel Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The memorial park is on Columbia Island which forms the south bank of the Potomac River between I-395/US1 and the Arlington Memorial Bridge. It is accessible from the eastbound lanes of the GW Parkway (northwest of the Columbia Island Marina) and from the north, south and east via Boundary Channel Drive along the northern perimeter of the Pentagon. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20037, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tomorrow is ours to win or lose (a few steps from this marker); The Boundary Channel (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line in Virginia); Navy and Marine Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away in Virginia); Air Mail (approx. half a mile away); Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
Ladybird Johnson Park image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, March 18, 2012
3. Ladybird Johnson Park
(approx. half a mile away); John Ericsson Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Gift of Friendship (approx. 0.6 miles away); Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac. Wikipedia (Submitted on March 19, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

2. Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac. National Memorial, National Park Service (Submitted on March 19, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Additional keywords. Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac; International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) category V (protected landscape/seascape).
 
Categories. Environment
 
Foot bridge to Lady Bird Johnson Park (Columbia Island) from the Boundary Channel Dr. parking area image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 25, 2011
4. Foot bridge to Lady Bird Johnson Park (Columbia Island) from the Boundary Channel Dr. parking area
with the Pentagon visible in background.
"The Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac", west side plaza image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 25, 2011
5. "The Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac", west side plaza
The LBJ Memorial Grove on the Potomac image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 25, 2011
6. The LBJ Memorial Grove on the Potomac
Dedicated April 6, 1976 as a living memorial to our thirty-sixth president. Harold Vogel, sculptor; Meade Palmer, architect.
The LBJ "megalith" plaza in the memorial grove image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, March 18, 2012
7. The LBJ "megalith" plaza in the memorial grove
with the Washington Monument in the background across the Potomac River.
The LBJ Memorial Grove on the Potomac plaque, east side plaza image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 25, 2011
8. The LBJ Memorial Grove on the Potomac plaque, east side plaza
I hope it may be said a hundred years from now that by working together we helped to make our country more just for all its people. I believe at least it will be said that we tried. - Lyndon B. Johnson on January 11, 1969
The LBJ Memorial Grove on the Potomac plaque, east side plaza image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 25, 2011
9. The LBJ Memorial Grove on the Potomac plaque, east side plaza
All my life I have drawn sustenance from the rivers and from the hills of my native state … I want no less for all the children of America than what I was privileged to have as a boy. - Lyndon B. Johnson, September 17, 1964
The LBJ Memorial Grove on the Potomac north side plaza plaque image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 25, 2011
10. The LBJ Memorial Grove on the Potomac north side plaza plaque
The promise of America is a simple promise: Every person shall share in the blessings of this land. - Lyndon B. Johnson, March 13, 1965
The LBJ Memorial Grove on the Potomac south side plaza image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, March 18, 2012
11. The LBJ Memorial Grove on the Potomac south side plaza
I believe that every boy and girl in this great land has a right to all the education he or she can use. I intend to make this right a reality. - Lyndon B. Johnson, October 6, 1964
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 19, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 586 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on March 19, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on March 19, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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