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Green Scene: Joel Lerner on gardening lectures, tours, workshops and sales

Walk among hundreds of live butterflies at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton and learn which plants will attract them to your garden.
Walk among hundreds of live butterflies at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton and learn which plants will attract them to your garden. (Sandra Leavitt Lerner For The Washington Post)
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By Joel M. Lerner
Saturday, April 24, 2010

Springtime offers the perfect opportunity for gardening aficionados to take advantage of lectures, workshops, tours and other educational programs. Before you plan an outing, call to ascertain if preregistration is required. If a fee is not shown, the event is free.

The District

-- April 24: 18th Annual Garden Fair. Extensive selection of unusual plants, supplies, books, art, family activities and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE, 202-245-4521, http://www.usna.usda.gov.

-- April 24: Rhododendron and azalea displays by Potomac Valley Chapter, American Rhododendron Society. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. National Arboretum.

-- April 25: Serene Sundays. Stroll the mansion and spring gardens. 1-5 p.m. Washington Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, 202-686-5807, http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org.

-- April 27: Hanging Basket Workshop. Horticulturist Gene Sumi shares the art of designing and planting hanging baskets. Supplies provided. 1-3 p.m. $45. Hillwood.

-- April 30, May 1-2: Potomac Bonsai Festival. Annual festival including demonstrations, lectures, workshops, exhibits and vendors. Potomac Bonsai Association members and visiting bonsai artists share their expertise. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. National Arboretum.

-- May 1: Fourth Annual Herb Day. Discover the significance of herbs and the many ways we can use them in our lives safely and creatively for health, beauty and culinary enjoyment. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. United States Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW, 202-225-8333, http://www.usbg.gov.

-- Saturdays in May: Stroll the National Garden. View trees and shrubs of the mid-Atlantic region and learn what will grow well in your garden. 1-2 p.m. U.S. Botanic Garden.


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