National Arboretum: East Side Professional Review and Guide
"The eastern side of the National Arboretum features an Asian collection, conifers, and dogwoods. In summer, pink and white crape myrtles are in full flower, and winter brings the bright red berries of holly plants.
The National Arboretum has many gardens and walking paths. All are well-signed and easily followed. For this hike, start with a nice wooded walk from the visitor center past several of the arboretum’s research fields. After that, the Gotelli Dwarf and Slow-Growing Conifer Collection is a fascinating place to visit. There is no specific path, but you may wander through the trees as long as you wish. Most of these trees are about fifty years old, but because they are slow growing, they are very small. Look for the Hinoki false cypress, which is less than a foot tall. The collection contains other kinds of conifers as well—tall, thin junipers, weeping cedars, and pine trees. In summer, the crape myrtles add a touch of pink and white to the landscape."