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Current Events and Programs

Many arboretum programs require advance registration.  Please refer to complete program descriptions.
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For registration information, call 202-245-4521; or use this form.

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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.

October

Panayoti Kelaidis lecturePanayoti Kelaidis: Vista and Vignette
October 15, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Visitor Center Auditorium

Is your site small or in need of a focal point? Are you working with imperfect growing conditions? Try a rock garden! Rock gardens provide an eye-catching range of color, texture, and form over a long season of interest. They also solve landscape problems beautifully by accommodating steep slopes and dry or shallow soils. The rock garden’s natural style is perfectly suited for both native plants and cultivated varieties.  No garden can provide a more beautiful vista or more charming vignettes.

Panayoti Kelaidis has been with the Denver Botanic Gardens for 30 years and is currently the Senior Curator and Director of Outreach. An internationally known plantsman, he travels extensively to study, collect plants, and lecture. He is the author of numerous books and articles and has received the Award of Excellence from National Garden Clubs, the most prestigious award given by the organization; and the Arthur Hoyt Scott Medal from Swarthmore College, which is generally considered the highest honor in American horticulture. Kelaidis will share his endless enthusiasm, knowledge, and insight on rock garden history, design, and culture, with special consideration of plants and conditions of the mid-Atlantic region. Fee: $12 (FONA members free; members must call 202-245-2708 to register. There is no online free registration.)  Registration required. (This event takes place on one of the Arboretum’s closed days; no walk-ins will be allowed. All pre-registered guests’ names will be on a list at the R Street gate. Only the R Street gate will be open.)

 


 
Grass Roots Grand Opening!

October 18 and 19, 12:00 – 4:00 pm both days

Join us to celebrate the grand opening of the new Grass Roots Exhibit. Enjoy outdoor activities for all ages including kids’ games, putting practice on the new green, meeting with turf experts including golf course managers, guided tours of the exhibit, and more. This one-of-a kind outdoor exhibit demonstrates the wide uses of grasses in the environment, from soil and water conservation, to sports fields, to food crops, to purely ornamental uses. Located adjacent to the R Street parking lot and the Visitor Center, near the National Herb Garden. Click here for more information on the Grass Roots Initiative. All activities are free.

 

 

nat cap area flower showNational Capital Area Flower Show
October 18, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
October 19, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Visitor Center

Attend free educational talks and browse creative exhibits on horticulture, photography, art, and design presented by members of District Garden Clubs and National Arboretum staff. Displays include judged entries of annuals, perennials, grasses, floral arrangements, and more. Sponsored by National Capital Area Garden Clubs, Inc. Click here for a schedule of speakers and topics. Admission and all activities free. Registration not required.

 

 

autumn bonsai exhibitExhibit: Autumn Bonsai: The Colors of Nature
October 24 – November 10; Fridays through Mondays only
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum

Enjoy bonsai in their glowing autumn colors before the leaves fall away to reveal their bare winter silhouettes. Visit the Special Exhibits Wing for a formal display of select trees during their peak fall colors, including red maples, yellow ginkgos, fruiting trees, and more. Free.

November

Full Moon Hike fallFull Moon Hike
November 6, 8:00 – 10:00 pm FULL
November 7, 8:00 – 10:00 pm FULL
November 8, 8:00 – 10:00 pm FULL
Meet in the Visitor Center

Take a brisk hike through moonlit gardens, meadows, and woods. Your guide will share specially chosen points of interest and seasonal highlights. The two-hour walk over hilly and uneven terrain is a brisk hike, not a garden tour so prepare accordingly. No children under 16 or pets, please. Fall hikes book quickly; register soon to reserve your spot. Click here for complete Hike details. Fee: $22 ($18 FONA) Registration required.

 

Private Full Moon Hike for Group
November 6, 7:00 – 9:00 pm FULL
Meet in the Visitor Center

Gather a group of friends, family, co-workers, and others to enjoy a unique experience considered by many to be “one of D.C.’s best outings”. Not recommended for children under 16. No pets, please. For more details, see description of Full Moon Hike. Maximum 25 per group. Click here for complete Group Hike details. Fee: $550 Registration required.

 

overwinter bonsaiTalk and Tour: Overwintering your Bonsai
November 15, 1:00 – 3:00 pm CANCELED
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum
Lecture Demonstration Center

Prepare yourself and your trees for the approach of winter by learning about the methods used to overwinter the national bonsai collection. Museum assistant curator Aarin Packard will discuss how to prepare trees for and bring them out of storage, the importance of winter dormancy, temperature control, air circulation, and the role that light plays. Tour the Museum’s winter storage area in a behind-the-scenes tour. Fee: $12 ($10 FONA/NBF) Registration required.

 

autumn bonsai exhibitExhibit: Autumn Bonsai: The Colors of Nature
Through November 10; Fridays through Mondays only
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum

Enjoy bonsai in their glowing autumn colors before the leaves fall away to reveal their bare winter silhouettes. Visit the Special Exhibits Wing for a formal display of select trees during their peak fall colors, including red maples, yellow ginkgos, fruiting trees, and more. Free.

More Activities

 

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.

 

 

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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