The Washington National Arboretum is located in the Northeast corner of the city and is a marvelous way to see and learn about nature. Some of its botantical collections are the most notable in the country or the world. In addition to the horticultural attractions, 22 of the 24 original columns of the Capitol Building in Washington, which was built in the 1820s, are on display. When that building was expanded in 1958, the original columns were removed, restored, and put on display on the arboretum grounds in 1990. For more information and many pictures, see their web site.
One of the highlights is the extensive plantings of azaleas, which do quite
well in this area. They flower in a variety of vibrant colors starting in
April, and some later ones still have blooms in June.
The arboretum also conducts research, and as one project has an extensive
area of lilac bushes and trees. These flower in April and provide another
highly attractive landscape with a wider variety of colors than you are
likely to see in any other single location.
The pictures above were taken on April 27, 2003.