The Bonsai collection, including clockwise from top right: Japanese Zelkova, Japanese Premna, Japanese Maple and Trident Maple, is on display at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC Thursday May 11, 2006.
( Maya Alleruzzo / The Washington Times )
Gandulga Shuree (right) and Khulan Batsaikhan (left) both from Arlington, Va., are seen in the reflection of the pool as they visit the Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. The 22 Corinthian sandstone columns were among the 24 that were part of the east central portico of the US Capitol.These columns provided the backdrop for presidential inaugurations from 1829 (Andrew Jackson to 1957 (Dwight Eisenhower) and were the site of many speeches, protests and rallies. In 1958 the columns were dismantled to make way for the east front extension of the Capitol, which is adorned with marble reproductions. Restoration of the columns was made possible through the efforts of Ethel Shields Garrett and support form the Friends of the National Arboretum. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
Chainsaws were the tools of choice after the derecho. Scott Aker of the National Arboretum recommends getting trees inspected, just to be sure “It’s so much nicer to take [a tree down] instead of having it come down on your house or car.” (Raymond Thompson/The Washington Times)