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Thursday, April 14, 2005; Page H08

The history of the cherry blossom will be discussed during a Saturday talk. At 10 a.m., join Ann McClellan, author of "The Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Celebration" (Bunker Hill, $19.95), as she explores the tree's history and symbolism. 3501 New York Ave. NE. Fee: $7, registration required. 202-245-5898. www.usna.usda.gov . . . Azalea Twilight Tours are offered on Wednesday April 20, 24 and 27 at the U.S. National Arboretum. From 5 to 6:30 p.m., enjoy azaleas in bloom and learn about the history of the collection. 3501 New York Ave. NE. Fee: $7; registration required. 202-245-5898. www.usna.usda.gov . . . Washington Daffodil Society's annual show tomorrow (2 to 9 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) features hundreds of daffodils in bloom, arrangements and educational exhibits. St. John Neuman Catholic Church, 11900 Lawyers Rd., Reston. Free. 703-273-8641. . . . "Native Alternatives to English Ivy" is the title of a talk tonight by member gardeners from the Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society. At 7:30 p.m., learn how to use native plants on trees, slopes and in backyards in place of detrimental English ivy. Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-642-5173 or 703-534-8179. . . . "Bog Gardens in Outdoor Containers" is the theme of a Saturday (10 a.m.) program at Meadowlark Gardens. 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna. Fee: $5, reservations required. 703-255-3631. www.meadowlarkgardens.org.

J.J. McCoy


A cluster of the bright, early blooming 'February Gold' daffodil adorns Mitch Carney's Boonsboro, Md., yard. (Timothy Jacobsen)


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