United States National Arboretum

3501 New York Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC - 20002

Type: Parks
(202) 245-4523

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The United States National Arboretum, located in Washington, D.C., is a sprawling botanical garden and research institution dedicated to the study and preservation of trees, shrubs, and other woody plants. Established in 1927 by an Act of Congress, the arboretum spans over 400 acres and features a diverse collection of plant species from around the world, including rare and endangered varieties.

One of the arboretum's most iconic features is the National Capitol Columns, a striking display of twenty-two Corinthian columns that once adorned the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol. Situated atop a grassy knoll overlooking the gardens, these majestic columns provide a dramatic backdrop for visitors and serve as a symbol of the arboretum's historical significance.

In addition to the National Capitol Columns, the arboretum is home to a variety of themed gardens, including the National Herb Garden, the Asian Collections, and the Fern Valley Native Plant Collections. Visitors can explore winding paths, tranquil ponds, and scenic overlooks as they wander through the arboretum's diverse landscapes, which showcase the beauty and diversity of plants from around the world.

The United States National Arboretum also serves as a vital center for botanical research, conservation, and education. Its research programs focus on plant genetics, breeding, and horticultural techniques, while its educational programs offer workshops, tours, and lectures for visitors of all ages. Whether you're a plant enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply looking for a peaceful escape from the city, the arboretum offers a unique opportunity to connect with the natural world and learn about the importance of plant conservation and biodiversity.

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