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Is Washington DC Home to Any Arboretums?

A little known factoid about Washington, DC, is that it is home to several of the best arboretums in the nation with many of them free to the public.  Here's a quick list:

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum - 780 University Boulevard, Harrisonburg

This is a 125-acre arboretum tucked away on the campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It combines 33 acres of naturalized botanical gardens with approximately 100 acres of forest for research, teaching and demonstration.  The diverse ecosystem here ranges from non-native trees and shrubs to wildflowers, rose gardens and a pond habitat.  The facility also features an outdoor amphitheatre, terraced gardens, and an education center.

American University - 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington D.C.

With more than 2,500 trees on the lush, 84-acre American University grounds, this arboretum winds throughout the campus. More than 130 different species of plants, flowers and trees are represented here. In 2004, the arboretum was designated as a public garden.

US National Arboretum - 3501 New York Avenue NE

This  arboretum is free to the public and includes 446 acres of trees, flowers and shrubs. Collections of ferns, bonsai, herbs, boxwood, dogwood and azaleas are also on display here.  A tram will help you enjoy the garden by taking you on a scenic trip around the grounds.  

State Arboretum of Virginia - 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, Virginia

This arboretum is a part of the University of Virginia and provides a look at many native plants.  The State Arboretum boasts the largest collection of boxwood trees on the continent as well as a winding, three-mile trail throughout the grounds. You can travel the trail by car or by foot and enjoy 162 boxwood trees and more than 300 trees in the ginkgo grove.

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