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Imagesallyg
Mar 3, 2012 10:10 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Located in northeast DC along New York Avenue.
Free entry and parking, open all year.
Pets on leash allowed.
http://www.usna.usda.gov/index.html
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Mark and I went on Feb 26 2012 and a DG article is planned for 3-5-2012
I didn't expect much in bloom, or plan any particular sights, just needed to refresh my memory of it, get a decent pic or two and enjoy another mild day this winter!
A cherry was in bloom, and thats the view from the top of Mt Hamilton (really Hill Hamilton but who's complaining) and the Capitol and downtown in the distance.

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"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagesallyg
Mar 3, 2012 10:13 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
I love the Asian Gardens on the hill going down to the river. This ison section; there is Jaan, China and now Korea sections . One of them has wider hard surfaced path winding down to the rover front. It is a hill though and takes a bit to get back up, or pace yourself well!

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"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagesallyg
Mar 3, 2012 10:15 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
The sky was september-blue that day! This cherry was gorgeous.

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Imagesallyg
Mar 3, 2012 10:18 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
There a big open field called the Meadow where you can romp or frisbee etc. And these National Capitol columns, salvaged from a renovation of the Capitol building. I find it sort of an odd installation, but it is something unusual.


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"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ImageDaylilyDiva219
Mar 3, 2012 10:21 PM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
Wonderful photos, Sally, and good comments - it makes me remember that I need to get back there. We haven't been in many years, and it's almost in our back yard (so to speak).

Thanks for sharing!! Thumbs up
Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
Imagesallyg
Mar 3, 2012 10:31 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Visitor center and admin are under renovation at the moment and we had the dog so I did not tyr to go see the awesome extensive Bonsai collection, ' The Koi pool area closed with renovation. Other highlights are the huge Herb gardens and ornamentals, the Azalea hillside, Fern valley for natives and woodland, Dogwood collection, Conifer collection, various mature specimens here and there. Roadways wander the area for plenty of walking if you like, or biking. All free! Restroom available, info desk and brochures/ maps and a few snack machines, otherwise not much in services. But its free! Several fast food joints nearby, but this is a rough part of town, Somewhat rundown, a few blocks of nice neighborhood by the entrance but New York Ave and Bladensburg Road are busy roads with auto garages and other light industrial? sort of business. Lack of access to public transportation may be a plus in not attracting too many "nefarious individuals" as everyone we passed seemed like true park lovers, family groups, dog walkers, etc.
For a meal before or after, I'd suggest zipping out to Bowie or College Park on this side of town,

Sorry I didn't get more pictures for ya- the man and dog have limited attention span to gardens. Big Grin
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagesallyg
Mar 3, 2012 10:32 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Oh hi Barb! I went three years ago with a true gardening frined and that was so nice!!
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagesallyg
Mar 3, 2012 11:18 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Oh goodie, found a couple of bonsai. They are just incredible

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The large koi pool surrounds the main visitor / Admin building and has a patio in the back, last time I was there, HUGE elephant ear plants in that are. Feed the koi if the dispensers are not yet empty. The last picture is one of the black squirrels at Mount Hamilton.

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luvsgrtdanes
Mar 4, 2012 7:09 AM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
Nice shots Sally, looks like a great place Thumbs up
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Imageeric4home
Mar 4, 2012 7:16 AM CST
Name: Ric
Dover, Pa
That looks really good and would be a nice diversion for an airport drop off or leisurely passing by. Thanks, Sally Thumbs up
The Amen of nature is always a flower.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Thanks to Grandma and the joy flowers brought to her and in turn to me.
ImageDaylilyDiva219
Mar 4, 2012 3:04 PM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
Again it's been a LONG time since I've been there, but the bonsai collection is absolutely spectacular! Thumbs up

I believe there was talk of doing away with the azalea collection (or a large part of it) due to finances, but I think it's been spared by a private donation, at least for now.

And I second what Sally says about the surrounding area. It's not a place where I'd feel comfortable wandering too far afield. I see on their website that you can picnic (only) in the Grove of State Trees, so that's an option.

Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
Imagesallyg
Mar 4, 2012 4:39 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
I struggled with how to write about this because of the surroundings in general. Thats the bad side of town. But I really don't think there's much bad traffic. You do not want to leave your good camera on the seat of the car in view though while you walk. It is NOT adjacent to any poor housing or public transportation so that really discourages the wrong kind of visitors right there.I did see a security vehicle cruising the place.

If you visit BWI Airport, call me and come visit, or eat at any food place in that geneal area. then drive about a half hour down 295, get 50 west, and you're practically there.

Kenilworth Aquatic Garden is nearby and I have never been.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
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Imageeric4home
Mar 4, 2012 7:24 PM CST
Name: Ric
Dover, Pa
Holly and I see the aquatic garden sign as we go past and have often commented on visiting there. Would it be reasonable to see both in one trip? Ric
The Amen of nature is always a flower.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Thanks to Grandma and the joy flowers brought to her and in turn to me.
ImageDaylilyDiva219
Mar 4, 2012 7:31 PM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
I honestly don't know, Ric - sorry to say, I haven't been to Kenilworth either. That's definitely a time-critical visit, though, so you can see the water lilies and lotus in bloom. I'm sure they've got that info on their web site... http://www.nps.gov/keaq/index.htm

Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
Imagesallyg
Mar 4, 2012 7:50 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Thanks for the link Barb.
I suspect the Kenilworth garden is pretty limited.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ImageDaylilyDiva219
Mar 4, 2012 9:24 PM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
I think so too, Sally, so perhaps depending on how fast you want to "tour", you could see both in one day? Maybe someone who's been to Kenilworth will chime in here. Ears perked up!
Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
Imageeric4home
Mar 5, 2012 8:01 AM CST
Name: Ric
Dover, Pa
That would be my question, I'm not sure the drive down for one or the other would be worth the time and expense, but bundled with lunch between just may. Smiling Ric
The Amen of nature is always a flower.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Thanks to Grandma and the joy flowers brought to her and in turn to me.
ImageDaylilyDiva219
Mar 5, 2012 10:05 AM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
I agree It absolutely makes good sense to combine those visits. Maybe during your post-op downtime, you can check out the maps of both places and see how much ground there is to cover and what you want to see, and what you're not particularly interested in, and that would help with the decision. Would you try to do it as a day trip? You know, you're close to Brookside when you're there (relatively speaking - it's around the Beltway, but you know that already), and then Lewis Ginter in Richmond is less than 2 hours south... Just sayin'... Whistling

I do wish I had some more helpful information to give you right now!

Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
Imageeric4home
Mar 5, 2012 2:59 PM CST
Name: Ric
Dover, Pa
Thanks Barb, I believe we will save Ginter for one of our trips home from OBX. Sometimes we get a fairly early start home and that would be a pleasant break. We have been to Brookside and would like to go back. The tour we were on included Hillwood and Brookside. We arrived at Brookside late and sorta'got the bums rush tour. Hilarious! Ric
The Amen of nature is always a flower.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Thanks to Grandma and the joy flowers brought to her and in turn to me.
ImageDaylilyDiva219
Mar 5, 2012 4:01 PM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
That's a good idea. Don't forget that you can also have a very nice lunch at Lewis Ginter, so no need to go off site!

I remember your telling me about the rushed tour at Brookside. Whistling That's another place where you just need to be able to wander around at will, marveling at the sights around every bend. Smiling
Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett

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