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You are invited to go see Michelle Obama’s Kitchen Garden on the grounds of the People’s House this weekend now that limited tours of the White House have resumed.

The White House announced Friday that public tours – on a “limited schedule” – will resume on Nov. 5, but according to Secret Service spokesman Robert Novy, the tours will only continue through Jan. 15 and “occur three days a week on average,” the Washington Post reported.

However, now that the partial government shutdown is over, National Park Service landscapers must be scurrying to get the first lady’s overgrown garden back in shape for the tour of the “garden and grounds,” which will take place this coming weekend only.

“During this event, visitors can see the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden and South Lawn of the White House,” the statement read. “Additionally, the White House Kitchen Garden – the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden – will be accessible to guests.”

Tours of the White House ended in March during sequestration.

The White House claimed the decision was made by the Secret Service in an effort to save money, but conservatives were outraged that sequestration never seemed to stop Obama’s golf outings.

Besides the new fiscal year for the Secret Service starting on Oct. 1, “[t]he advent of a new spending bill approved by Congress this week allowed the agency to resume the tours ‘on a limited schedule while still meeting operational requirements,’ the Post reported Novy said.

Read the full White House press release:

WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES PUBLIC TOURS

WASHINGTON, DC – The White House is pleased to announce the resumption of a limited schedule of East Wing and Executive Residence tours, beginning on November 5th. Additionally, the White House will be opening its gardens and grounds to visitors on October 26th and 27th.

Members of the public interested in scheduling a tour of the East Wing and Executive Residence should contact their Member of Congress.

For a tour of the gardens and grounds on Saturday, October 26th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, and Sunday, October 27th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, members of the public can obtain a free, timed ticket at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located at 15th and E Streets on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 7:30 AM. Tickets will be distributed — one ticket per person (including small children) — on a first-come, first-served basis.

During this event, visitors can see the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden and South Lawn of the White House. Additionally, the White House Kitchen Garden – the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden – will be accessible to guests.

For more information about tours of the White House, please visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/tours-and-events

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