A Year in Rock Creek Park
The Wild Wooded Heart of Washington, DC
By Melanie Choukas-Bradley
with photographs by Susan Austin Roth
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George F. Thompson Publishing.
"Forward Motion" television interview hosted by Karen Allyn, January 20, 2016
(see winter2016 events page here).
Melanie is featured in the July 30, 2015 issue of the Washington Post Express.
Click here to read the story.
Hear Melanie’s recent interviews on the Kojo Nnamdi Show,
Washington, DC’s NPR affiliate, WAMU:
Rock Creek Park Celebrates 125 Years
September 24, 2015
Rock Creek Park: Past, Present, and Future
August 28, 2014, (program rebroadcast on Thanksgiving Day 2014)
(Click here for 2015 interview, here for 2014 interview, then click “Listen” near the top left of the page.
Melanie Choukas-Bradley with a
lace-bark pine, National Arboretum,
Photo by Roberta Gutman.
Melanie Choukas-Bradley is a Washington, D.C. author and naturalist who leads field trips and tree tours for the Audubon Naturalist Society, the United States Botanic Garden, Casey Trees, the Maryland and Virginia Native Plant Societies, the Rock Creek Conservancy, the Nature Conservancy, and other organizations. She is the author of A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C., with photographs by Susan Austin Roth. The book was published in two editions in the fall of 2014 by George F. Thompson Publishing. The softcover edition is distributed by the University of Virginia Press.
Melanie is the author of three other critically acclaimed books: City of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, D.C., illustrated by Polly Alexander and now in its third edition (2008), An Illustrated Guide to Eastern Woodland Wildflowers and Trees: 350 Plants Observed at Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryland, illustrated by Tina Thieme Brown (2004, 2007), and Sugarloaf: The Mountain’s History, Geology, and Natural Lore, illustrated by Tina Thieme Brown (2003), all published by the University of Virginia Press. She is also a long-time contributor to The Washington Post and other publications, has appeared as an author and guest expert on All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and Metro Connection. In 2014, Melanie was awarded one of four inaugural “Canopy Awards” by Casey Trees, for her efforts to educate people about the trees of Washington, D.C.
WAMU (Washington, D.C.'s NPR affiliate) - Melanie Choukas-Bradley's interviews:
* Kojo Nnamdi show with guest host Paul Brown - Local Trees
* Metro Connection interview - February 19, 2010 - Tree Tour of the US Capitol Grounds
* Metro Connection interview - City of Trees
* Kojo Nnamdi show with guest host Corey Flintoff - Sugarloaf: The Mountain's History,
Geology, and Natural Lore
* Kojo Nnamdi interview - Montgomery's Agricultural Reserve at 25
* Kojo Nnamdi interview - The City of Trees
Washington, DC: City of Trees from Truth About Trees on Vimeo.
|When author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley moved to Washington, DC, she learned that the natural and human history of this "city of trees" goes well beyond the flowering cherries for which it is so well known. She set out to document the botany and history of the area's trees, and the result is "City of Trees: The Complete Botanical and Historical Guide to the Trees of Washington, DC," now in its third edition. Melanie leads field trips and tree tours for Casey Trees, the Audubon Naturalist Society, the US Botanic Garden, and other organizations in and around the city. Melanie shared this story in March 2013 during a workshop organized by The Truth About Trees in collaboration with Casey Trees, with support from the National Science Foundation.