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Explore the National Arboretum to Find Inspiration for Your Yard


The weather is warmer, the grass is greener and flowers are blooming all around BeechTree. There’s no denying that spring is one of the most special times of year in our gorgeous community.

If you’re planning for how to dress up your yard in your BeechTree home — or dreaming of owning a home here soon — there’s one place where you’re sure to find endless inspiration.

The National Arboretum puts nature’s full glory on display across 446 acres in northwest Washington, D.C. It’s a living museum of plants, shrubs and trees, featuring both native and non-native varieties. The goal of the arboretum is both scientific and educational.

It’s simply beautiful and it’s completely free.

From BeechTree, it’s an easy drive to the National Arboretum, just a couple miles from the Capitol. Once you’re there, you can go on a driving tour — more than nine miles of roads wind through the property. Or you can park and explore the National Arboretum on foot, bicycle or tram.

There’s always something in bloom at the National Arboretum. Among the favorites right now are magnolias, Korean azaleas, forsythias and woodland wildflowers.

And there are fun events happening throughout the spring. Until April 16, you can take to a self-guided tour called “Beyond the Tidal Basin: Introducing Other Great Flowering Cherries.” You’ll also have the chance to get tips on creating a bay-friendly lawn or learn the basics of bonsai trees.

The annual Garden Fair & Plant Sale will be held on April 29-30. Find new, rare and hard-to-find plants. They’ll also have entertainment, refreshments and children’s activities.

So head out for a day or even just an afternoon. You’ll definitely be impressed, and you’ll come home filled with ideas for how to make your yard one of the most beautiful in BeechTree.