Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) is a National Shrine–the final resting place of over 400,000 veterans and their family members, visited by millions of visitors every year to pay their respects. It is also home to an extremely diverse and significant collection of woody plants. There are more than 8,900 trees on the hallowed grounds, comprising about 390 varieties and species. The cemetery’s oldest trees pre-date the first burials in 1864 and are over 250 years old.
Join ANC’s horticulture staff for a walking tour of the cemetery tree collection to gain insight into the cemetery arboriculture program, management practices, and collections management. Bear witness to Memorial Trees, Three State Champion, Co-State Champion, and National Co-Champion trees. Learn how the Memorial Arboretum was established in 2014 and how it achieved accreditation as a Level III Arboretum in 2018.
Lunch will be provided.
Please Note: Comfortable walking shoes and sun protection are highly recommended. Attendees should be prepared to walk in heat, on hilly and sometimes uneven terrain. With the exception of severe weather, the tour will go rain or shine.
IMPORTANT: This tour will eventually end up at Brookside Gardens. It will not be returning to the conference hotel.
Departure: Tours depart outside the Blue Room Prefunction on the East side of the conference hotel. Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to departure time.
Additionally, the Association will not be able to accommodate participants driving their own vehicles to/from offsite locations. All attendees must board the bus at the hotel and return with the group at the scheduled times.