The White House's not-so-secret garden

White tulips peek from behind some bushes at the 2014 White House Garden tour on April 26, 2014.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The White House gardens were opened to the public during the weekend of April 26-27, allowing visitors to walk among tulips, black gum trees and oak trees.

Visitors stopped to marvel at the well-kept grounds and gape at the beautiful scenery that presidents have enjoyed in their backyard.

Saturday morning, dog handlers took the Obamas' two dogs for a stroll, much to the delight of White House guests. 

The White House first opened its doors on the South Lawn for seasonal tours over 40 years ago, under first lady Pat Nixon. The South Lawn is where the annual Easter Egg roll takes place, and from where Marine One takes off.

On typical days, the White House South Lawn is closed to visitors, so the weekend was a delight to many tourists able to slip inside with their timed tickets.

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