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Green Scene: The bounty of fall includes tours, lectures and workshops

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By Joel M. Lerner
Saturday, September 25, 2010

Lectures, workshops, tours and educational programs are common in fall. Take advantage of some to enhance your gardening prowess. Call to ascertain if pre-registration is required. If a fee is not shown, the event is free.

The District

-- Sept. 25: Plant Literacy Festival. Discover the ways plants and prose intersect. Listen to a story in the garden, and learn the language of flowers. Create your own bouquet. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116;

-- Sept. 25: Tram tour with sign language interpreters. Take a 40-minute ride with an explanation of the history, mission, research and collections of the U.S. National Arboretum. Sign language interpreters on each tour. 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. $4. U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. 202-245-4521;

-- Sept. 25-26: Hillwood Estate's original garden designers. Director of Horticulture Brian Barr will guide you through the "garden rooms" of Hillwood and discuss Umberto Innocenti, Richard Webel, Perry Wheeler, and Shogo Myaida, the designers Marjorie Merriweather Post hired in the 1950s to create her garden. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Suggested donation, $12. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807;

-- Sept. 26: Bonsai training and maintenance. Potomac Bonsai Association presents a drop-in demonstration on creating and training bonsai. 1-2:30 p.m. U.S. National Arboretum.

-- Sept. 30: "Is a Green Roof In Your Future?" Attend this talk with co-authors of "The Green Roof Manual," Edmund Snodgrass and Linda McIntyre, and get the latest information on green roof design and the technology's advantages. 12-1 p.m. U.S. Botanic Garden.

-- Oct. 1-Nov. 13: Fall garden tours at Hillwood. Docent-led tours offered on a first-come, first-served basis, Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and every other Sunday (Oct. 10 and 24 and Nov. 7) at 2:30 p.m. Tickets distributed at visitor's center upon opening. Donation suggested.

-- Oct. 2: Garden workshop: "Put Your Garden to Bed." Join Director of Gardens and Grounds Suzanne Bouchard for a lecture and demonstration on preparing a garden for winter. 10:30 a.m. $12. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400;

-- Oct. 2, 9, 16: National garden tours. Learn about native plants of the mid-Atlantic region. Hear folktales and stories that involve these plants. 1-2 p.m. U.S. Botanic Garden.

-- Oct. 9-11: Orchid show and sale. 63rd annual event offers thousands of blooming orchids. Display, expert advice and informative presentations. This year's theme focuses on orchids easily grown in the Washington area. Oct. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. U.S. National Arboretum.

-- Oct. 19: "Is D.C. Built on a Swamp?" Lee Cain of the Anacostia Watershed Society will lecture on the destruction and reconstruction of the Anacostia River's tidal wetlands from the Nacotchtank times through today and discuss using native plants to filter water. noon-1 p.m. U.S. Botanic Garden.

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