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Current Events and Programs

Many arboretum programs require advance registration.  Please refer to complete program descriptions.
You can now register either online or by mailing in a completed form.
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For registration information, call 202-245-4521; or use this form.

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July August
Summer Activities

Program FULL? If a program is marked FULL, registration is closed, and we do not keep waiting lists. If there is a cancellation, we will remove the FULL marking and re-open registration. However, if the program is scheduled to occur within 10 calendar days, the cancellation period is over and we will not re-open registration. We do not keep waiting lists for any programs. For questions, please call 202-245-5898.

Full Moon Hike

The hikes sell out quickly and the best chance for reserving a spot is to register soon after we post them here on our Current Events and Programs page.
We post them quarterly, by season. Below are the dates that they will be posted and open for registration.

Spring hikes (March, April, and May) will be posted February 3.
Summer hikes (June) will be posted May 1. We do not hold hikes in July and August.
Fall hikes (September, October, and November) will be posted August 1.
Winter hikes (December, January, and February) will be posted November 3.

Note: If the date falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the posting will be done the following work day.

Hike dates are included below with other listings.

July

 

bonsaiCSI: Bonsai
Through October 13 (Fridays through Mondays only)
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum
Special Exhibits Wing

Why did my bonsai die? Whether you are a master or a beginner, your success with bonsai depends on being able to answer this question. Enter our CSI lab to learn how our crime scene investigators solve specific cases of bonsai death. Discover how knowing basic plant science facts can keep bonsai, as well as all other container plants, alive and well. Free.

 

bonsai IIWorkshop: Bonsai II
July 13, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum
Lecture/Demonstration Center

Take your skills and your tree to the next level at this workshop designed for those who have taken a beginner’s class and are ready for the next step. Bring your tree in to learn how to properly prune, wire, and apply design elements that will improve its overall design and health. The Museum curator will teach the principles and give individual attention to each participant. Limit of one large or two small bonsai per student. Bring your own tools.Fee: $39 ($31 FONA/NBF) Registration required.

 

Ceratostigma_plumbaginoidesNew! Buds 
July 19, Program: 10:00 – 10:45 am
Discovery time on your own begins after the program
Visitor Center Classroom

The National Arboretum in partnership with Casey Trees presentsBuds,a tree-focused activity for toddlers and preschoolers, aged 18 months to 4 years. Children will enjoy stories, songs, and a craft project, followed by family discovery time on the Arboretum grounds. Arborist Lacey Brown will guide the activities featuring trees and the environment and each child will leave with a list of seasonally selected “scavenger hunt items” to track down on the Arboretum grounds. Free; registration is required. Register by email to Sue Erhardt, Casey Trees Director of Education, or call Casey Trees at 202-349-1903 for more information.

 

Casey TreeWiseTreeWise Summer Program (Youth Groups Only)
July 21 – August 8, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bring your youth group to the National Arboretum for TreeWise, Casey Trees’ nature-based summer education program. The goal of the program is for youth ages 6-10 to spend a morning enjoying the outdoors and gaining appreciation and understanding of trees through fun, hands-on activities. Activities focus on tree biology and care, and include scavenger hunts, leaf and bark rubbings, tree identification, measurement, watering exercises, and more. All activities are tailored to be age and/or grade appropriate. Applicants must have an organized summer youth program and confirm a date to participate.  For more information about Tree Wise please contact Priscilla Plumb, Youth Programs Manager for Casey Trees, pplumb@caseytrees.org or 202-349-1896. Free.

 

All Aboard: Crapemyrtle Tram Tour
July 26, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Visitor Center Classroom

Crapemyrtles light up the landscape with brilliant color in the intense heat of the summer when few other plants are blooming. Many also feature bright fall foliage and striking bark patterns, making them one of the most beautiful and versatile trees in our area. Learn all about this garden gem, from breeding and research to selecting and growing them at home. Start in the classroom with geneticist Dr. Margaret Pooler, who will discuss the National Arboretum’s successful breeding program, then board the open-air tram for a scenic and informative tour highlighting remarkable specimens and the results of the Arboretum’s research program. Stops include walks into research fields and collections for exploration, identification, and your questions. Fee $22 ($18 FONA) Registration required.

August

bonsaiCSI: Bonsai
Through October 13 (Fridays through Mondays only)
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum
Special Exhibits Wing

Why did my bonsai die? Whether you are a master or a beginner, your success with bonsai depends on being able to answer this question. Enter our CSI lab to learn how our crime scene investigators solve specific cases of bonsai death. Discover how knowing basic plant science facts can keep bonsai, as well as all other container plants, alive and well. Free.

 

some like it hotNew! Some (Plants) Like it Hot 
August 16, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Meet in the Dogwood Collection parking lot, just downhill from the Asian Collection parking lot

Many people flee the oppressive heat and humidity of August in Washington. While those who remain are sweltering, tropical plants that grow in the area are thriving! Cold hardy plants from southern China, Japan, and Korea, including gingers, bamboos, bananas, and more, are flourishing, lending an equatorial flavor to the garden. Walk (slowly) through the Asian Collections with horticulturist Chris Upton, who will point out these curiosities and discuss their cultural requirements, so that you can take advantage of August weather by adding some tropical flair to your garden. Note: This collection is hilly with a mix of paved and mulched trails. Fee: $12($10 FONA) Registration required.

 

Ceratostigma_plumbaginoidesNew! Buds 
August 16, Program 10:00 – 10:45 am
Discovery time on your own begins after the program
Visitor Center Classroom

The National Arboretum in partnership with Casey Trees presentsBuds,a tree-focused activity for toddlers and preschoolers, aged 18 months to 4 years. Children will enjoy stories, songs, and a craft project, followed by family discovery time on the Arboretum grounds. Arborist Lacey Brown will guide the activities featuring trees and the environment and each child will leave with a list of seasonally selected “scavenger hunt items” to track down on the Arboretum grounds. Free; registration is required. Register by email to Sue Erhardt, Casey Trees Director of Education, or call Casey Trees at 202-349-1903 for more information.

 

Casey TreeWiseTreeWise Summer Program (Youth Groups Only)
July 21 – August 8, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bring your youth group to the National Arboretum for TreeWise, Casey Trees’ nature-based summer education program. The goal of the program is for youth ages 6-10 to spend a morning enjoying the outdoors and gaining appreciation and understanding of trees through fun, hands-on activities. Activities focus on tree biology and care, and include scavenger hunts, leaf and bark rubbings, tree identification, measurement, watering exercises, and more. All activities are tailored to be age and/or grade appropriate. Applicants must have an organized summer youth program and confirm a date to participate.  For more information about Tree Wise please contact Priscilla Plumb, Youth Programs Manager for Casey Trees, pplumb@caseytrees.org or 202-349-1896. Free.

More Summer Activities

 

June: Satsuki azaleas, southern magnolias, mountain laurels, southern catalpa, fringe tree, arrowwood viburnum, lilies, daylilies, herbs, annuals, water lilies, Chinese dogwood, firethorn, linden, rosebay, golden rain tree, and container gardens

 

July: Butterfly weed, water lilies, annuals, hydrangeas, hibiscus, crapemyrtles, daylilies, boxwood, herbs, sweet pepperbush, pepper collection, meadow wildflowers, hostas, and container gardens

 

August: Hibiscus, crapemyrtles, boxwood, herbs, annuals, sweet pepperbush, pepper collection, meadow wildflowers, cardinal flower, plum leaf azaleas, hostas, hydrangeas, and container gardens

 

For more information on what’s blooming, click here to see the Average Blooming Dates page.

 

Note: The Administration Building pool where the koi live is currently empty due to renovation. The project should be complete this summer. Please call the front desk for details at 202-245-4523.

 

Coming Up:

 

Fall Events

September, October, and November programs, including Full Moon Hikes, will be posted here on August 1.

 

FONA/NBF

 

FONA/NBF refers to members of the Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA) or the National Bonsai Foundation (NBF), who receive a discount on many programs. For membership information for FONA, call 202-544-8733 or see their website at www.fona.org. For information on NBF, call 202-396-3510 or see www.bonsai-nbf.org.

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