Unbelievably, this was our first trip to the Arboretum. It is one of those places that is highly recommended on D.C. mom blogs and the families that we know who live in Northeast D.C. love it. But we've never been there before today. We only went today because I realized it had paved paths that the girls could run through without getting covered in the mud that is still everywhere. Now I can't wait to go back when everything is in bloom. A friend told me that it is breathtaking when the daffodils come up. We walked around one section that had mini-gardens, including a dyeing garden, a medicinal garden, and a fragrance garden. I can't wait to see that area when there are actually plants and flowers to observe. I am also looking forward to seeing the children's garden, which sounds like it was designed for my dirt-digging, nature-loving girls. But that all must come later in Spring.
The Arboretum is a great example of why it is wonderful to live where we do. Twenty minutes away from us is a complex of over a dozen gardens. It is free and open to the public. Oh, and it happens to have a bunch of Corinthian columns the kids can run around. I love this place.