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National Arboretum Images from 2013

This winter I’ll be sharing photos of gardens I saw in 2013, especially ones within day-trip distance from Behnkes customers.  Hope you’ll be inspired to visit some of them in 2014!  First up, the under-visited but fabulous National Arboretum in Northwest D.C.  It’s surprisingly easy to get to!

The Bonsai-Penjing Pavilion is a great place to visit in winter.

For more information about the Bonsai-Penjing exhibit, click here.

Entrance to Bonsai-Penjing building in April.
Peonies inside the Bonsai-Penjing courtyard.
Jasmine in flower.
One more from the Bonsai area: flowering quince.


As a volunteer in the Arboretum’s Visitor’s Center, I try to steer visitors to the awesome Gotelli Dwarf Conifer Collection, where I caught these irises in bloom in April.

Flowering cherry near the Herb Garden.
More flowering cherries with the famous Capitol Columns in the distance.
Fern Valley in the spring – best time to visit!
Outside the Visitor’s Center, Russian Sage, chives and groundcover Sedums.
Love these massed Coreopsis!
Scotch Broom in flower.
Close-up of the Capitol Columns in summer.
Great collection of Salvias – annuals and perennials – in the Herb Garden.


These last photos are cheats – from 2 years ago.   We’ve all missed the wonderful pool around the Visitors Center these last two seasons that it’s been closed for repairs.  But in 2014 it’s definitely COMING BACK.  So bring your quarters when you come next year because they’ll buy you koi food, and feeding the kois is fun.


Posted by Susan Harris.

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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