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Article: The U. S. National Arboretum - Gardens for all, 85 years young: Timing your visit

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ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

March 5, 2012
5:59 AM

Post #9030459

Nice article, Sally - per usual.

I invite everyone who has been to the US National Arboretum to mention what was in bloom when they were there. This is likely listed on USNA's website, but having a list here is helpful too for prospective visitors.

I have been most recently on two consecutive KY Derby weekends (lucky me!) in 2009 and 2010, first weekend of May. The Viburnum collection was in full tilt bloom.

I imagine that this genus gets started in mid April (at the latest) and runs on into June, with peak from late April - mid May.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 5, 2012
1:38 PM

Post #9031094

Thank you for your kind comment, VV.

That would be super- having a bloom or 'must see' list by time of year. The Arboretum has this one rough guide
http://www.usna.usda.gov/Education/blooming.html
but it's not all inclusive. (I wanted to see and smell the Corylopsis but it had not popped yet.)

Somewhere in the site I read that the visitor Center will locate any particular plant and tell you where it is in the collections.

View from Mt Hamilton (big hill Hamilton) towards Capitol
A path in the Asian Valley
View of the Columns and part of the Meadow ( if not highly decorative, they are novel and historic. Something for kids to marvel at and run around.)

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