The National Arboretum (http://www.usna.usda.gov/) has nearly forty different types of flowering cherries, including three new varieties developed by Arboretum scientists. We'll see as many as we can, while avoiding the throngs down around the Tidal Basin. The hike will end at the Arboretum's National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, where an exhibit of ikebana - the Japanese art of flower arrangement - will be on display.
Distance: 3 miles (with some steep parts on gravelly paths)
Dogs: Allowed, leashed
Leader: Ken Meyercord, (571)[masked]
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. (Let me know if you need a ride from there.)