Family Field Trip

National Capitol Columns
National Capitol Columns

 

Now that spring is officially here, why not pay a visit to an arboretum.  An excellent option would be the  National Arboretum in Washington D.C.  There are thousands of beautiful trees, flowers, and plants to see, not to mention the freestanding capitol columns.  For super active children, there’s plenty of hiking (and there's plenty of parking too). 

The arboretum also has one of the largest collections of bonsai and penjing in North America.  Children will be instantly fascinated with the size of bonsai and how they grow more beautiful as time passes.  (I like to search for bonsai that were started in the year of my birth.)

 

Rock Penjing "Autumn Winds"
Rock Penjing "Autumn Winds"

 

Whenever you decide to visit, make certain it's from Friday-Monday. 
Due to cost-cutting measures, the grounds of the Arboretum are closed to the general public three days per week - Tuesday through Thursday.  Also, there is construction going on, but there is still plenty to see.  In fact, you may need to visit more than once to absorb all the beauty. 

The National Arboretum is located in the northeast Washington D. C., and admission is free. 

Whether you live in D. C. or Japan, all bonsai enthusiasts will enjoy these photos of ultra small bonsai, known as cho-mini bonsai.  They are amazing! (via Colossal)

 

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Debra Lemieux

If Then Creativity

debra@ifthencreativity.com

 

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