The National Arboretum is one of the major highlights in the Washington city that spans a vast area of 446 acres. There are also many roads in this incredible garden of the United States that can be explored by bicycle, car, or by foot.
This amazing museum was actually established during 1976 as an act of Congress with an intention of serving the public need for education, scientific research, and all. At present, this is a public garden that facilitates many scientific types of research and serves as the green space that is located in the heart of the city.
There are many valuable and unique collections of plants here, which range from regional plants to many rare and exotic plants. The garden is maintained in such a way that it serves as both scientific and aesthetic purpose. Hence, this will be an ideal place to take a stroll when you are on your Washington DC tour.
One of the famous highlights in the garden is the iconic Azalea Collection that includes 10000 varieties of azalea plants. The view of this collection at the hillsides of Mount Hamilton is such an unbelievable sight to behold. The whole viewing experience will be lifted up to another level if you explore this place during the springtime when all azalea plants bloom. This sight is actually the reason that encouraged the museum authorities to open its door to the public as well, in 1949.
Another extraordinary exhibit in this garden is the boxwood collection. Even though it is not as showy and fragrant as the azalea collection, it holds great scientific values. This exhibit of boxwood germplasm in the arboretum is considered as the most complete boxwood collection in the world with a variety of 150 species and cultivars.
Apart from maintaining the garden for its scientific and aesthetic prominence, the garden also has a hands-on plant research feature that is sustained well for the past 80 years. The arboretum pioneered in this by breeding and selecting the plants carefully in order to produce new and enhanced cultivars that excel in many characteristics such as look, fragrance, lifespan, color, length, timing, drought resistance, and hardiness. In this way, the National Arboretum of the United States has introduced 650 new enhanced plants so far.
Most of these plants now beautify many homes as well as the gardens in every nook and cranny of the nation. Some of the other extraordinary and notable displays here include the flowering cherry trees, lilac, and the crape myrtles.