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Outdoors in the DMV - National Arboretum and Brewery

At our next Outdoors in the DMV event we will explore the U.S. National Arboretum, followed by a short walk to a nearby brewery.

Outdoors in the DMV
Outdoors in the DMV
Outdoors in the DMV is our periodic event series, which explores the many beautiful parts of the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) related to art, architecture and history, combined with the things that we love—food and drinks.

Explore the U.S. National Arboretum in Autumn

Our day will start at the National Arboretum, where we will tour the gardens, and the beautiful National Bonsai & Penjing Museum.

Established in 1927 by an Act of Congress. The Arboretum is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, whose mission is to enhance the environmental and aesthetic value of ornamental and landscape plants through long-term, multi-disciplinary research.

National Arboretum in autumn
The miniature masterpieces that are called bonsai and penjing are the pinnacle of gardening skill, and the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum has one of the largest collections of these timeless trees in North America.

National Bonsai & Penjing Museum
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum
The Japanese art of bonsai, and its precursor, the Chinese art of penjing, are rooted in the traditions of Asian culture with the placement of branches, styling, and the pot all convey deep symbolism and reverence for nature.

For the Bonsai tour, there are three areas; Japanese, Chinese and North American. The Chinese Courtyard Garden and Japanese White Pine are must sees.

Meadow flowers, hibiscus, autumn crocuses, boxwood, herbs and pepper collection are in bloom during September and the columns with the mini reflection pool, is always a great spot to capture some beautiful pictures.

Walk to Nearby Brewery

After our tour of the National Arboretum, we will walk to a nearby brewery which is less than a mile from the arboretum.

Craft beer
Craft beer
Atlas Brew Works is a neighborhood production brewery located in Northeast Washington, D.C. which offers tours and has a tasting room where we can taste their different seasonal brews and hand crafted artisan beer produced in 20 barrel batches.

Note: The Brewery does not have a kitchen for food, but normally has food trucks available on Saturdays. You can bring your own food for a picnic, or order in from any local eatery.

Event Details


Description: Exploring the U.S. National Arboretum and nearby brewery.

Date/Time: Saturday September 30th, 2017 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Admission: Free / Grapes & Grains members must RSVP

Tentative Schedule

11:00 am - 12:45 pm - National Arboretum (Meeting Place: Visitor Center)
3501 New York Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Atlas Brew Works
2052 West Virginia Avenue NE #102, Washington, D.C, 20002

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