Washington, DC: United States National Arboretum

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Washington, DC: United States National Arboretum

June 30, 2011
03:09pm

This article is part of the Garden Destination: Washington, DC article.

One of the best kept secrets in Washington, DC the United States National Arboretum is a bit of a hike (2.2 miles from the center of the city) from major tourist areas. Again, a Car2Go will make this trek an easy one. Open only four days each week (Friday through Monday), it is 446 acres of themed and wild areas with a world-class azalea and Bonsai collection. There is a copse of Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Dawn Redwoods), a magnolia grove, and an interesting collection of conifers. The most arresting feature at the arboretum isn’t the trees, it’s the old Corinthian columns from the Capitol building (with a floor of the old steps) which were sighted by the iconic garden designer Russell Page on a knoll and are the head of a water feature that continues across a meadow.

Collection of conifer trees
Collection of conifer trees

Old Capitol columns
Old Capitol columns

Cherry trees in bloom
Cherry trees in bloom

Grove of dawn redwood trees

Grove of dawn redwood trees

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