“Which Kind of Cherry Blossom
Click here to take the online quiz in the Washington Post Express. Story also
published in the Washington Post Weekend Section as “Know Yourself, and Your Flowers,” by Sadie Dingfelder, March 25, 2016.
American Forests magazine,
Winter-Spring 2016 issue. (Click on the image to see the
Melanie's story is on pages 16-23.
"Forward Motion" television interview hosted by Karen Allyn, March 11, 2016. (Click on the image to see the interview.)
See Spring 2016 Events for
additional air times.
Learn about DC trees -- and the Witness Tree Protection Program
with author Melanie Choukas-Bradley in the Washington Post Express, July 27, 2015. (Click on the image to see the story.)
Click here to read about the edition published by George F. Thompson Publishing and distributed by the University of Virginia Press.
Click here to read about the limited edition published
George F. Thompson Publishing.
Melanie Choukas-Bradley with a
lace-bark pine, National Arboretum,
Photo by Roberta Gutman.
Melanie Choukas-Bradley is a Washington, DC 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 the award-winning book, A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC, 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, 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. 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, DC
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.