With its southern exposure, spring comes early to the Asian Collections at the National Arboretum (http://www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/collections/asian.html). Let's see what's in bloom, then head over to the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum (Bonsai is the Japanese art of tree miniaturizing; Penjing the Chinese version). Also on display on this date are examples of kusomono (potted arrangements of wild grasses and flowers) utlizing plants native to the Mid-Atlantic region. We'll wander around a bit, so the total distance will be about 3 miles, with some steep parts on gravelly paths, so wear some good walking shoes or hiking boots.
Dogs: Allowed, leashed
Leader: Ken Meyercord
Directions: From New York Avenue, turn onto Bladensburg Road (US 1 South) and go 4 blocks to R Street. Make a left on R Street and continue 2 blocks to the Arboretum gates.
If coming by Metro, take the Red line (towards Glenmont) to the NoMa-Gallaudet station.