The trees of Washington, D.C., are rich in botanic diversity and arboreal history—a living legacy built on the horticultural expertise and passion for trees of Founding Fathers such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
Local natural historian Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author ofCity of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, D.C. (University of Virginia Press) offers an illustrated overview of many of the city’s notable green spaces and landscaped landmarks, including the White House, Capitol grounds, National Arboretum, and the Tidal Basin, as well as area sites such as Mount Vernon. She discusses the city’s canopy trees and iconic flowering trees, and leads a virtual tour of Rock Creek Park, the nation’s oldest urban national park.Choukas-Bradley, who in 2014 was awarded one of four inaugural Canopy Awards by Casey Trees for her work in educating the public about the trees of the nation’s capital, signs the third edition of City of Trees, as well as her most recent book A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C.
2017 Review of
A Year in Rock Creek Park
by Miriam R. Aczel, Imperial College of London, UK, Electronic Green Journal, UCLA Library
"When I walk through the bottomland forest and into the upland woods,
I may be deep in solitary reverie
but I am never alone."
With its rich descriptions but clear
warnings about the fragility of the
author's beloved sanctuary, the book serves as homage to an ecosystem,
while demonstrating its fragility.
Inauguration Day Nature Walk in Rock Creek Park with Congressman Jamie Raskin, Maryland’s 8th District, and Author Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Message from Congressman Raskin:
“Join me and my friend, author/naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley, at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 20 at Boundary Bridge in Rock Creek Park!”
To read more of Jamie Raskin’s message about the walk with registration
details, click here.
In 2017, Resolve to
Appreciate D.C. Better
... get outside more.
Be one with the trees
"Thanks to its temperate clime and international citizenry, D.C. is home to about 350 species of trees from around the world, and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley is friends with them all."
Melanie is the author of three other critically acclaimed books: City of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, DC, 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.
Melanie leads a nature walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island. Photo by Toni Genberg.
Melanie 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, DC. Melanie is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide (Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, Santa Rosa, CA).
"And so, on a bright, brisk Saturday morning in early December, a small group of us gathered in Rock Creek Park at Boundary Bridge. After a quick review of history and maps, we set off, first through the floodplain forest by the creek, later to return on the higher elevations of the Western Trail Ridge via Riley Spring Bridge. We were, Melanie announced, going to take a very close look
Read more of Linda Pentz Gunter's article on this special trip in the Takoma Voice.