Even though I have spent the majority of my life living in the Washington, DC area, I somehow managed to wait until last year before visiting the US National Arboretum. The arboretum is a beautiful, peaceful and rural area located in the northeast area of the city.
At this time, there are 15 main collections and areas within the arboretum. My favorites (so far!) are listed below :)
- Dogwood Collection – I absolutely love dogwoods, especially during their peak blooming period. The recommended time to visit is mid April through June. This area also offers beautiful views of the Anacostia River.
- Holly and Magnolia Collection – The large, blooming magnolia flowers always draw me in! This area is beautiful all year.
- Bonsai Collection – Without question, the most peaceful area in the entire arboretum. The perfectly manicured bonsais and still silence makes for a unique and relaxing visit.
- National Capitol Columns – located in the Ellipse meadow beside a reflecting pool, this is another peaceful location within the arboretum.
- Perennial Collection – this garden offers flower goodness from early spring to late fall.
I am planning to make another visit to the arboretum this spring. Ideally, I would love to visit once each season while living in the area!
Have you been to the US National Arboretum? I would love to hear about your favorite time of year to visit and the collections/areas you most enjoy!