During a early spring trip to Washington, D.C., a group of Sampson Community College photographers, along with their instructor and the college’s Dean of Continuing Education, turned their cameras to all the historic sites in the nation’s capitol. Among them was the United States National Arboretum.
Several of the photographers ventured away from the Tidal Basin and the plethora of breathtaking momuments long enough to take a tour of what they called the amazing natural beauty that makes up the arboretum.
Filled with thousands of plants and flowers, the arboretum, Ann Butler, SCC dean of ConEd noted, offered those pointing their lens at the sight a moment of quiet reflection, caught up in the beauty that surrounded them.
“It was an absolutely amazing sight to behold,” Butler noted of the arboretum tour.
On this page are just a few of the many flowers and plants captured during the trip, along with information provided by the National Arboretum about the facility and what it offers, along with an upcoming cal
Fast Facts About the Arboretum
Established in 1927 by an Act of Congress. The Arboretum is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service.
The U.S. National Arboretum enhances the economic, environmental, and aesthetic value of ornamental and landscape plants through long-term, multi-disciplinary research, conservation of genetic resources, and interpretative gardens and exhibits.
Northeast Washington, DC, with entrances on New York Avenue and R Street. There are research locations in Washington, DC; Beltsville, Maryland; and McMinnville, Tennessee.
446 acres with 9.5 miles of winding roadways.
Federal Appropriation FY 15: $11,600,000
American Nursery and Landscape Association, Friends of the National Arboretum, Garden Club of America, Herb Society of America, National Bonsai Foundation, National Capital Area Garden Clubs, Inc., National Capital Orchid Society, The National China Garden Foundation, National Garden Clubs, Inc., Society of American Florists, and Woman’s National Farm & Garden Association.
Over 140, working in all areas of the Arboretum.
Internship positions are in horticulture, research, education, facilities management, and public garden administration and are supported by non-profit organizations, and privately donated funds.
Wide-ranging basic and developmental research on trees, shrubs, turf, and floral plants. Development of new technologies for the floral and nursery industries. Development of plants with superior characteristics through a program of testing and genetic improvement. Taxonomy and nomenclature of ornamental plants and their wild relatives. Collection and preservation of plant germplasm with ornamental potential.
Single‑genus groupings include: azalea, boxwood, daffodil, daylily, dogwood, holly, magnolia, and maple. Major garden features include: aquatic plants, the Asian Collections, the Fern Valley Native Plant Collections, the Flowering Tree Collection, the Flowering Tree Walk, the Friendship Garden, the Gotelli Dwarf and Slow‑Growing Conifer Collection, the Introduction Garden, the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, the National Capitol Columns, the National Grove of State Trees, and the National Herb Garden.