• United States National Arboretum - Washington, D.C.

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      Washington, DC is a vibrant, compact city, but you don't have to go far away from Capitol Hill to get some peace and quiet and enjoy the sights, sounds and fragrances of nature undisturbed by city chaos. The National Arboretum, situated on the northeast side of town, comprises 446 acres of trees, shrubs, flowers trees and other plants, from perennials to herbs to bamboo to ferns to bonsai. With nearly 10 miles of roads and pathways winding through the park, it's easy to explore the horticultural treasures by car, foot or bicycle. And admission is free. Established in 1927 as a research and educational facility, the Arboretum is engaged in developing new plant species and technologies, and new ways to resist plant diseases. It also offers educational programs such as group tours, hikes, lectures, demonstrations and special exhibits. There is also a Bonsai and Penjing Museum on the premises housing about 150 specimens of these ornamental Asian plants, and a 12-acre Chinese Classical Garden is being developed with the assistance of Chinese officials and experts.
      In the midst of it all is a reminder that you're still inside a city with a significant national heritage: a display of classical columns that formerly were part of the U.S. Capitol from 1828 until 1958. But they blend right in with the natural surroundings so well that you'd think they were designed for this environment. And with such a backdrop it's no wonder that the Arboretum is a favored location for wedding photography.

      If you go:
      With nearly 10 miles of roads and pathways winding through the park, it's easy to explore the horticultural treasures by car, foot or bicycle. And admission is free. The grounds are open every day except December 25th. Admission is free.

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      3501 New York Avenue, NE
      Washington, D.C. 20002-1958 USA


      Phone Numbers:

      Information
      +1 (202) 245-2726

      FAX
      +1 (202) 245-4575

      Comments 1 Comment
      1. Mark Sedenquist's Avatar
        Mark Sedenquist -
        I've seen these columns with snow all about them -- that's a very cool scene!

        Mark

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