Plant and garden lovers coming to Washington, D.C. will want to visit the National Arboretum. Plants, both native and imported, are planted in various gardenscapes as well as in demonstration gardens. The best time to come is spring, when the azaleas, rhododendrons, and native trees are in full bloom. Summer visitors will enjoy beds of colorful flowering annuals and perennials. Any time of year, be sure to spend time in the Bonsai Pavilion, where you will see the amazing specimen plants (some over 400 years old) that comprise the Japanese and Chinese bonsai collection. Bring along a picnic lunch and head to where the original columns from the U.S. Capitol are located. You’ll have a wonderful view to enjoy with your meal.
The grounds are huge, so be sure to start your visit at the Visitors Center to get a map and ask for advice on what to see.