|Sunday's tour tickets|
Washington, DC - The White House became Selfie Central over the weekend as camera-toting visitors from around the world posted photos on Twitter and Instagram as they strolled through President Barack Obama's backyard during the White House's annual autumn grounds tours on Saturday and Sunday, this year dubbed the "Fall Garden Viewing."
The self-guided tours on the South Lawn, held from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM both days, were the first time the public was allowed on the 18-acre campus since last Spring's gardens and grounds tour.
|Viewing the First Lady's Kitchen Garden|
The 1,500 square-foot plot looked healthy and lush after a period of chaos in the crop rows during the 16-day government shutdown from Oct. 1-16. Click here to read more about the Kitchen Garden revamp.
Guests waited in long lines to look at the more than thirty kinds of fruits and vegetables, and then stood in a fenced viewing station overlooking the plot to take photographs. The plot has been harvested, weeded and restored since the shutdown, but still has plenty of crops left to pluck.
|The Rose Garden|
There were no South Lawn sightings on Sunday, either. President Obama and the First Family left the White House to attend morning services at nearby St. John's Episcopal church, walking the two blocks from the mansion through Lafayette Square Park.
Included on the tours were the Rose Garden, set up as if President Obama were holding a press conference, complete with a podium and flags. The podium, however, lacked the Presidential seal.
|The Jacqueline Kennedy Garden|
Both gardens were planted with seasonal flowers, including Mexican Sage and Black and Blue Sage, as well as a variety of mums in yellow, orange, white, and mixed autumn colors.
On Sunday, after attending church, the President left the White House to play golf for close to five hours at Fort Belvoir in Virginia, in a foursome that included three White House aides.
|President Obama's golf clubs|
A National Park Service staffer insisted the clubs were President Obama's. The brand names on the handles of the clubs reads "Golf Pride" and "Odyssey."
|Bo, L, and Sunny in the Rose Garden with Haney|
Sunny is friskier than the even-tempered Bo, according to President Obama, and she was on leash, while Bo was not.
After arriving on the South Lawn, each visitor was given a tour guidebook with a welcoming note from Mrs. Obama.
|The Presidential Beer Summit sign|
These photos included images of planting trees, First Families playing on the Lawn, and President Obama's now-famous 2009 "Beer Summit" in the Rose Garden.
The South Lawn gardens are currently filled with autumn flowers, including a wide variety of mums and bright purple Mexican Sage, as well as blue black sage.
|The Kitchen Garden|
None of the squirrels who took over the garden during the shutdown were around. The garden is currently growing a mix of warm and cool season fruits and vegetables. The restoration began immediately after the government reopened, on Oct. 17.
|A pumpkin in the Kitchen Garden|
The garden has had some new crops transplanted into it, including some young Tennis Ball lettuces in the Thomas Jefferson bed, which pays homage to America's third president.
The Kitchen Garden is home to three fruit trees: A Marseilles fig, grown from a sapling at Jefferson's historic Monticello; a dwarf papaya tree that lives in a pot and is moved indoors in winter; and a four-year-old Virginia Beauty apple tree, added when Mrs. Obama planted the garden fro Spring this year.
|Tennis Ball lettuce, Jefferson Bed|
Volunteers were stationed on the viewing platform to answer questions about the crops from visitors on both days, as they did at strategic points located around the South Lawn.
Instagram Users invited to Meetup...
On Sunday, the White House hosted twenty guests for the #WHInstameet, the first-ever Instagram meetup held during a garden and grounds tour. The White House recapped the event in a Storify.
|Pastry Chef Yosses in the garden at #WHInstameet|
The Instagrammers also met with groundskeeper Haney and Deputy Director of Let’s Move! Elyse Cohen, and they were "surprised by the two, four-legged members of the Obama Family, Bo and Sunny," the White House said.
After, the group gathered in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, located on the White House campus. They discussed photography with Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza, who "spent time talking through some of his photos and answered questions about what it takes to capture a great photo," the White House said. The White House recapped the meeting in a Storify.
|Saturday: Marine Corps ensemble|
On Saturday, when it was much colder than Sunday, a Marine Corps ensemble played their wind instruments with their breath visible in the frigid air. On Sunday, an Air Force ensemble performed.
|White House selfie|