My wife and I recently visited the National Arboretum to check out the Bonsai trees. They were amazing! But the park offers green thumbs and bird lovers much more. There is a beautiful herb garden adjacent to the Bonsai exhibit that has hundreds of different herbs on display - many of them include a "touch me" sign, asking visitors to get hands on with the display. Pretty uncommon! The lavender and rosemary plants left our hands smelling equally fragrant and delicious! I'm not much of a history buff, but there were interesting tidbits sprinkled in with the herbs. For example - I didn't know that the roots of the Madder herb were boiled and used as a dye for British redcoat uniforms. Pretty neat! After checking out the amazing bonsai and herb gardens we strolled through the azalea trail checking out all the spring blossoms. We discovered there is equally good bird viewing so bring your binoculars if that is your thing. The park is wide open with trails and open spaces mixed in, allowing kids to run around and parents to mosey along. Maybe the cooler weather kept more folks from coming (as the large parking lot was mostly empty when we arrived mid-day), but we sure enjoyed our couple hour visit and plan on coming back soon!
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