Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove

Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac is located on Columbia Island (re-named Lady Bird Johnson Park in 1968), in Washington, D.C. The memorial honors the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson.

LBJ valued the land and natural environment in his personal life and expressed that value during his presidency by his support of a wide range of environmental and natural resource legislation. After his death, friends commented that a fitting memorial to such a person would be a "living memorial" in the form of a grove of trees. Using this idea of a grove, Meade Palmer developed the concept of the design. In this development of the design, Meade Palmer worked closely with Lady Bird Johnson and Nash Castro, former Director of the National Capital Region, National Park Service, who was chairman of the LBJ Grove Memorial Committee. The Grove has two components. The first area, commemorative in nature, consists of a spiraling flagstone walkway surrounded by a grove of white pines. The focus of this part of the design is a 19-foot tall, Sunset Red granite monolith. This portion of the Grove is designed to allow the visitor to concentrate on the life, goals, and accomplishments of LBJ. It directs the visitor's focus outward, across the Potomac River, visually connecting the Grove with the major monuments of Washington, D.C. the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the Washington Monument, and the Capitol.

Built 1974‑77 (Meade Palmer, landscape architect; Harold Vogel, sculptor; Mills & Petticord Partnership, architects)
National Register: December 28 1973,
additional documentation July 14, 1998
DC Inventory: March 3, 1979

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On Columbia Island in Lady Bird Johnson Park