If you grew up in the US or Europe, you may have done a project in elementary school that required you to find the leaves of different species of trees. You and your classmates may have thronged the local parks and arboretums, looking up, down, and all around for the rarest leaves that would bump your grade up from a B to an A. For those that didn't end up becoming arborists, that may have been the last time you truly immersed yourself in the company of trees. Now that you're older (with hopefully a greater appreciation for nature) and in DC, we think it's high time you reacquainted yourself with the tree and visit the The United States National Arboretum.
The arborteum spans ~450 acres and houses a number of awe-inspiring gardens, including the National Capitol Columns, the Asian Collections, and the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum. We think Trabblrs will enjoy a day out of the city and into the *ahem* controlled wild.
Meeting point: The Visitor Center. To get here, take the Metro to Stadium Armory Station on the Blue and Orange Lines. Transfer to the B2 metrobus and disembark on Bladensburg Road at Rand Place. If you prefer, the group can meet at Stadium Armory Station and take the bus together - just say so in the Comments below!
Leaders, there are 35-minute public tram tours that provide an overview of the main collections. Please click here for the schedule. They run only on weekends and holidays though. The arboretum is open from Friday through Monday from 8am to 4:30pm.