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United States National Arboretum

    The United States National Arboretum was established in 1927 by an Act of Congress, to serve the public need for scientific research, education, and gardens that conserve and showcase plants to enhance the environment.

    The Arboretum is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. The Arboretum lies on 446 acres in NorthEast Washington, DC, with other research location in Beltsville, MD and McMinnville, TN.

    Research includes wide-ranging basic and developmental studies of trees, shrubs, turf, and floral plants. Development of new technologies for the floral and nursery industries. Development of plants with superior characteristics through a program of testing and genetic improvement. Taxonomy and nomenclature of ornamental plants and their wild relatives. Collection and preservation of plant germplasm with ornamental potential.


    United States National Arboretum
    3501 New York Avenue, NE
    Washington, DC 20002-1958
    Phone: (202) 245-2726
    Fax: (202) 245-4575

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