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May Walk

May 12, 2015 6:30 PM | Anonymous member

May Walk

About 40 of us met for the Garden Walk on May 12 with Alexandria arborist John Noelle.  It was a delightful evening with perfect weather. We began at the James Madison building of the Library of Congress and noted the Virginia Stewartia, a small tree which belongs to the tea family and is closely related to camellias.  Also planted there are elm trees that are resistant to Dutch elm disease.  The viewing prize though was the two yellow woods in full bloom.  Moving across the street to the main Library of Congress we saw the rare cork tree with its wide spread crown.  Unfortunately this tree is in decline.  Still thriving are two very old gingko trees that flank a former entrance.  Come back to visit in the fall when their beautiful golden leaves reflect the sun and drop all at once creating a carpet of gold.  As we moved on to the Capitol grounds, we saw some of the wonderful native trees – black walnut, a blooming horse chestnut and a persimmon among them.  Then there were many different species of oak, which thankfully we had an arborist on hand to help us identify.  Our walk concluded in the Bartholdi garden which was in full bloom with iris, alliums, catmint and beautiful pots overflowing with flowers.  We enjoyed refreshments and a gorgeous sunset.  All in all, it was a good day.  Many thanks to Sharon Fergerson, Dan Bailes and Sandra Bruce for making the refreshments in Bartholdi so delightful.  For those interested in a fall tour, the US Botanic Garden is offering one in October led by the author of City of Trees.

Top photo of Bartholdi Park courtesy of Scott McLeod;  Bottom photos by Dan Bailes;  Other photos contributed by Club members.


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