The National Arboretum is not far from where I live. Not close but certainly something I could, and should, enjoy more often as it is a reasonable day trip and I can still get back home by late afternoon...which I recently did. I am taking that Master Gardener class and we recently had a field trip to this USDA facility. I had been there before a long time ago. The 22 Corinthian columns in the background of the photo above were part of the White House East Portico before a re-modeling. This, I guess, is our little homage to Ancient Greece and Rome.
Touring of the arboretum is free and research and maintenance are paid for by the American taxpayer.
There are over 446 acres of trees, various Asian gardens, a knot garden, an herb garden, a bio-tech fuel walk and a tremendous bonsai garden among many other features of interest. The bonsai museum houses a tree that was started in the 1600's. I did not get a photo of that, but maybe next time. The arboretum is packed with visitors in the spring, but the fall is a also a good time to visit and not so crowded. This is the place to get ideas for fall and winter color and structure in the landscape.
Just a few lovely views below:
|Fall in the arboretum|