One of the most stunning places to see saucer magnolia flowers in DC is Rawlins Park. In addition to the Smithsonian Gardens, I love stopping by Rawlins in Foggy Bottom at the start of spring for photos full of pink.
Lining the park are magnolia trees that surround a statue of General John A. Rawlins. Best of all, it’s easy to get to when wondering DC since it’s just a few blocks from the White House.
You can typically find a parking spot on the surrounding blocks of the park as well if you go in the middle of the day.
Sadly the fountain in the middle has been empty for quite some time, but overall, it’s a great spot to photography in Washington DC.Rawlins Park on Google Maps
Photos of Rawlins Park in Washington DC
History of John Aaron Rawlins
John Aaron Rawlins was a US Army general who served in the Civil War and his statue is the main focal point of Rawlins Park. John Aaron Rawlins has a bronze statue because of he was the closest advisor to Ulysses S. Grant and later served as the Secretary of War after Grant was elected president.