WASHINGTON -- Sequester didn't stop visitors from enjoying a perfect, sunny mid-April stroll through the White House gardens this past weekend. The 2013 spring White House Garden Tours went on as planned, despite federal budget cuts that have put a hold on tours of the White House itself.
The White House Garden was so beautiful yesterday.. Can't wait til this sequestration is over so that we can hopefully tour the building..
— Yo Carter (@Tweets_By_MaxP) April 15, 2013
— Nyoyo 竹本如洋 Takemoto (@Nyoyo_tw) April 14, 2013
— Kyle Gerron (@KyleGerron) April 15, 2013
Twice a year the White House invites the public to walk through and photograph the Rose Garden, the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the South Lawn of the White House and the White House Kitchen Garden. Bo the dog made an appearance at this year's tour, too, according to the Obama Foodorama blog, as did a big family of mallard ducks.
— Jenny Miller (@MDarcy27) April 13, 2013
Click through the slideshow for more photos from the 2013 spring White House Garden Tours:
And check out the slideshow below to see John F. Kennedy addressing the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers, one of the country's first female members of Congress at a 1926 garden party, Michelle Obama planting veggies and other moments from the White House gardens:
The fall garden tour dates have not yet to be announced.