Spring Tree Walk on the Capitol Grounds with Author Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Tree Tour of the US Capitol Grounds, Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees and several other nature books, for a spring walking tour of historic and botanically diverse trees of the U.S. Capitol Grounds and Arboretum (the new official name of the site). The visit offers the chance to admire trees in springtime splendor including several species of maple and magnolia, century-old oaks, pecans, giant sequoia, and the intriguing jujube.

Learn about the many official state trees on the grounds and get an overview of Frederick Law Olmsted’s design for the Capitol landscape, which shares elements of his plan for Central Park. Stop at notable sections of the grounds to see the five crabapple trees planted to honor the five Sullivan brothers who died when their naval ship went down during World War II; a horse-chestnut propagated from Anne Frank’s tree in Amsterdam; and a white oak planted by House Speaker Sam Rayburn.

Melanie is intimately acquainted with the Capitol’s trees, having studied them for 40 years beginning with research for the first edition of her local nature classic, City of Trees.

In addition to City of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, DC, Melanie is the award-winning author of six other regional nature titles, including A Year in Rock Creek Park, Finding Solace at Theodore Roosevelt Island and The Joy of Forest Bathing, all available for sale through Politics and Prose. Her latest book, Wild Walking—A Guide to Forest Bathing Through the Seasons, due June 4th, is available for preorder here: https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781577154631

We will meet in front of the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, at 10 AM.

Know Before You Go

Preparation for the Walk: Dress in comfortable clothing and be prepared for slow walking around the Capitol grounds. (No stairs). Bring rain gear if showers are expected.

Weather Policy: We will go ahead in light intermittent rain but will reschedule if steady heavy rain is in the forecast.

Directions, Map and other information: Please visit this site for directions, a map and information about the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory: https://www.usbg.gov/conservatory

Registration Limited to 20 participants.

Return Policy: Refunds are only guaranteed up to seven days before the trip.

Please let us know any questions. Email: classes@politics-prose.com

SKU: 9787000012219

City of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, D.C. (Center Books) By Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Polly Alexander, Center for American Places (Prepared by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780813926889
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Published: University of Virginia Press - November 1st, 2008

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