Saturday, June 6, 2009

The National Arboretum

The National Arboretum really has something for everyone, and today my husband & I spent the afternoon exploring not only the Bonsai Garden with it's Satsuki Azalea Exhibit, but also the grounds that are further away from the entrance where we had never ventured before. It's become our tradition to visit the Arboretum each Fall for the annual Orchid Show, but never before had we seen the vast space set aside for the varied Tree Collection. The beautiful Southern Magnolias (Magnolia Grandiflora) are abloom as are the Dogwoods, and there are just so so many interesting plants at the Arboretum. It is truly a living museum, with a Herb Garden and a Koi Pond and all kinds of different Perennials and Shrubs, and now we plan to visit there more often and at least once a season. It's the perfect place for a picnic or a leisurely stroll, and best of all it's FREE!

Satsuki Azalea Exhibit and Bonsai Garden

Koi Pond

Mahonia Bealei

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