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“It should be special but it isn't” 3 of 5 stars
Review of U.S. National Arboretum

U.S. National Arboretum
3501 New York Ave. NE, Washington DC, DC 20005
202-245-2726
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Ranked #51 of 487 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Activities: Walking
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Owner description: Established in 1927 by an Act of the United States Congress, this national treasure contains 446 acres of fabulous flora and fauna and is especially known for its Asian, azalea and conifer collections.
washington dc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“It should be special but it isn't”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

This garden should be spectactular but is under funded. As a result it is really not worth visiting. The highlight are the bonsai trees. In fact my garden is prettier.
Rather than drop bombs on people the Federal Government should give the Arboretum more money so it could be a stellar attraction.

Visited May 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Bonsai garden a must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Biking or driving are probably the best way to see this place as it is fairly extensive with lots of interesting and beautiful areas to explore. The Japanese gardens are thoughtful. Excellent for birding as well since the vegetation are natural draws for many varieties of birds.

Different times of the year will yield different focus and blooms, so I suggest considering visiting across the 4 seasons.

Visited October 2013
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Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
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“Huge Place - Walk and/or Drive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

On the outskirts of DC lie expansive grounds full of interesting plants, trees, and edifices. You can drive to most places, then get out a walk. They have Japanese gardens which I would recommend leaving time for as well as the restaurant that sits astride a Japanese Koi pond(s). This attraction is a great distraction from the hustle of the inner city and provides a relaxing and scenic respite. You'll also find great information in the way of park rangers/botanists that eagerly field all annoying questions with a smile.

Visited April 2013
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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“Worth a look”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Despite not having a huge interest in plants I really enjoyed all the displays and different plants that they have set up as groups. The orchids were spectacular

Visited November 2012
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Washington, DC
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“Great train exhibit through January.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

They have a train exhibit and decorations made from plants all over the arboretum from November until January. Very nice Christmas trees too.

Visited December 2012
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