Five Things for Today: April 20, 2022

A glimpse of the National Capitol Columns through the azaleas at the National Arboretum


1.  Cherry blossom season may be winding down, but there are still some great Spring Things coming up (and still going on) over the next few weeks!   Among them are the azaleas at the National Arboretum, which is well known for the bloom — people come from all over to see the colorful array of flowers blanketing the Mount Hamilton hillside there.  The bloom just started, and it should last for several weeks, as the flowers peak in stages. What’s even better about viewing them at the Arb are all of the other things to enjoy there, including numerous plant collections, the old Capitol columns, the recently reopened Bonsai Museum, and much more. A few features little ones will especially love:  The Washington Youth Garden and natural playground, the Asian Collection with its “secret” path leading down to the Anacostia River, the stream in Fern Valley where it’s fun to look for frogs, the gazebo in the Conifer collection, and the fountain full of koi fish by the Visitors Center. View scenes from past azalea blooms here and here.   And read more about the Arboretum — it’s one of my very favorite spots in DC — here, here, and here.


2.  This coming Saturday you can celebrate Earth Day at Brookside Gardens’ GreenFest 2022!  The free events offers a chance for residents, businesses, nonprofits, and neighbors, to come together, share ideas, and get involved.  Plus, there are activities for all ages —  art and craft vendors, an interactive electric car display, tree climbing, kids’ yoga, plant giveaways, face painting. and a variety of food trucks. Register for free here. And see more about Brookside here and here (but note that the Wings of Fancy butterfly exhibit, sadly, is not happening this year.


3. Union Market just announced the line-up for its annual Drive-in Movie Series, which takes place on Friday evenings monthly through October.  It kicks off with Space Jam on May 13.  Tickets are already on sale ($20/car), and they sometimes sell out, so you may want to snag them soon.


4. I love getting our outdoor areas ready for hanging out this time of year, and dig these hanging lanterns for our back patio to replace our old ones. (For more outdoor hang out area inspiration, see this post. It was written with winter in mind, but many of the ideas can be adapted for warm weather, too!)


5. Happy day to all who celebrate! 🙃


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