Will and I visited the National Arboretum. This was my first visit and Will's first for several years. The Arboretum is 446 acres near the Anacostia River. It was established by Congress in 1927 and is administered by the US Department of Agriculture, and, like some most of the national sites in DC, it is free to visit!
It has several gardens: Asian Collections, Azalea Collections, Dogwood Collection, Fern Valley, Holly & Magnolia Collection, and many more. It is a fabulous place and we were thrilled to learn that doggies are allowed!
But what we went to see was the Bonsai and Penjing Museum, that showcases the Japanese art of bonsai, and its Chinese precursor of penjing.
It began with the Nippon Bonsai Association 53 bonsai to commemorate the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976. There trees are absolutely amazing and several have been "in training" for several centuries. Yes, you read that correctly: centuries.
This tree has been in training since:
Yes, that says 1625.
This exhibit is stunning and here are a few samples of the trees we saw.