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This Green City


and its SPRING glory!


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Price: $50 ($40 members)

Politics & Prose, Friday, May 17, 6-8 p.m.
TREE TOUR of the Capitol grounds, Saturday, May 18, 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Suggested Reading

Book: City of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, D.C. by Melanie Choukas-Bradley with illustrations by Polly Alexander.


REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can only offer refunds within seven (7) days of the first class session.


An evening discussion of D.C.’s arboreal history, followed by a Saturday morning tree walk on the Capitol grounds

On Friday, May 17, 6-8 p.m., join City of Trees author and natural history teacher Melanie Choukas-Bradley for a slide presentation about the arboreal history and botanic diversity of Washington, D.C. Melanie will share stunning visual images of the White House and Capitol grounds, Rock Creek Park, the National Arboretum, the Tidal Basin, Mount Vernon and many other storied landmarks in and around Washington, D.C. as she takes you on a historic tour of the “City of Trees.” Learn a secret side of political Washington: the love of trees that goes back to founding fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and has endured through the ages. Melanie will also teach the basics of tree identification using specimens of leaves and fruit, and she will give guidance for identifying Washington’s hundreds of native and international tree species.

On Saturday, May 18, meet in front of the United States Botanic Garden at 10:30 a.m. for a 2 ½ hour tour of the historic trees of the Capitol grounds. The lush and botanically diverse Capitol grounds were designed by the preeminent 19th century landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted—designer of New York City’s Central Park and many other North American landscapes—and they have been described as one of the world’s finest arboretums. We will explore the historic groves of the Capitol, admiring and learning about the trees that grace the grounds, including species from around the United States and the world. We will see giant sequoias, Kentucky coffee-trees, and numerous species of magnolia, oak, and maple. Many trees will be in peak spring bloom. The national champion Jujube tree and several official state trees and memorial plantings will be highlighted.


Melanie Choukas-Bradley is the author of three highly acclaimed natural history books, including City of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, D.C. The Washington Post Book World called City of Trees: "…a splendid field guide—practical, botanically sound, and filled with good stories." Melanie leads tree tours and field trips for the Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS), the Nature Conservancy, the U. S. Botanic Garden and Casey Trees and she teaches two courses for the Natural History Field Studies Program of the Graduate School USA and ANS. Melanie lectures widely and has been a guest on the Diane Rehm Show, the Kojo Nnamdi Show and All Things Considered. She is on the Board of the Maryland Native Plant Society and she serves on the Chevy Chase Tree Ordinance Board and the Advisory Committee of the Montgomery Countryside Alliance.

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Promotional Period: 
May 17 2013 - May 18 2013
ISBN-13: 9780813926889
Availability: Not currently shipping from publisher – Subject to future availability
Published: University of Virginia Press, 11/2008