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The National Arboretum in April is Awesome

Here’s my bid to entice people to go to the National Arboretum (those 446 acres of awesomeness) this month but honestly, it’s my favorite place all year long.  Covered in snow it’s  gorgeous everywhere but especially around the Bonsai Museum.

Any day now it’ll be the Arboretum’s busy season – with swarms coming to see it’s world-famous azalea collection, and if you go when they’re blooming, try for a Monday or a Friday.  (Sadly, it’s been closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays since the sequester, with no sign of full reopening on the horizon.)

Now you see why showing off the glories of the Arboretum is kinda urgent.  We gardeners  may miss it mid-week but not nearly as much as the residents of N.E. Washington, who used it daily as their local park.

Coming soon?  The Arboretum in May is Magnificent, with more alliteration to follow throughout the year.  In the meantime, Happy Easter for many of you!  Happy Spring for every last one of you!

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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