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“Little can be great!”

U.S. National Arboretum
Ranked #31 of 472 things to do in Washington DC
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Owner description: Established in 1927 by an Act of the United States Congress, this national treasure contains 446 acres of fabulous flora and fauna and is especially known for its Asian, azalea and conifer collections.
Reviewed 25 July 2014

A friend told us to check out the National Arboretum and especially the Bonsai areas. So we did this past week. What a delight! First we explored the Herb gardens. Who could ever guess there are so many varieties of lavender or of pepper plants? There are many exotic plants I had never seen, and numerous theme gardens that opened my eyes, nose and heart! Then on to the bonsai displays. I had seen bonsais previously but never thought much of them. The bonsais at the Arboretum are so exceptionally awesome I was ecstatic. Each small bonsai brought the spirit of great trees into a tiny space that was alive with beauty and rich life. Then I discovered scholar's stones, stones of rich texture, shapes and color that invite the viewer to meditate… to leave behind all the rest of this crazy world and soar the colors, textures, lights and darks, ups and downs on the particular rock. Don;t take my word for it! Go meditate with a scholar's stone and be blessed !

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

The U.S. National Arboretum is a Department of Agriculture research/education facility and a 'living' museum. While most people, locals as well as tourists, know about the Botanical Gardens, the Abroretum is usually 'off the radar'. I recommend driving as a car lets you cruise the 446 acres and, if you're there in the heat of the summer, will help you keep cool. There's something to see during every season so check the website for details, days/hours of operation and tram tour availability.
No matter what time of year you go, absolutely do not miss the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum. During 

our Bicentennial in 1976, the people of Japan gave something unique to their culture and a living tribute to peace between our two countries with the presentation of fifty-three bonsai trees. Each of these trees is special in its own right but seeing so many of them is truly breath taking and words could never do them justice. It's more than worth the time and drive to see them as well as the others that have joined the collection.

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Reviewed 19 July 2014

Wonderful place to stop and smell the incredible roses that bloom in the late spring/early summer…Other beauties include hydrangeas, climbing clematis on tasteful trellises .There is a gorgeous stone wall with the paintings of every state flower in the country...

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Reviewed 17 July 2014

we went here and i was sorry that i wasted my time fighting thru traffic to get here. not much to see, we spent about an hour and i would not recommend this place to visit while in DC. SOOOOOO much more to see and do in DC that is more interesting than this place

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Reviewed 16 July 2014

we didn't realize that this isn't really walkable. Make sure you come with your own car. Its so big but there are nice areas with plants/trees from all over the world, definetly worth a few hours visit. good nature walking too!

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