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December 11, 2014

A Year in Rock Creek Park: the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC
The forthcoming book will be published in two editions during the fall of  2014.

Audubon Naturalist Society

Woodend Sanctuary
Audubon Naturalist Society
December 11, 2014 (7-9 pm, Reception from 7:00-7:30; Presentation starts at 7:30)

Susan (l) and Melanie (r)
Photo by Judy Licht

Join author Melanie Choukas-Bradley and photographer Susan Austin Roth for a journey through the seasons in Rock Creek Park. The author and photographer of A Year in Rock Creek Park: the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC will impart fascinating information about Washington, DC’s internationally renowned urban park through readings and photographs from their new book. Melanie has been leading seasonal forays in Rock Creek Park for ANS since 2007, and her first four walks in the series “A Year at Boundary Bridge” are recounted in the book. Melanie and Susan will be available to sign books before and after their presentation.

Light refreshments will be served. The Bookshop will be open at 7:00 pm for this event. RSVP to bookshop@anshome.org or 301-652-9188 x29

 
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 by
George F. Thompson Publishing.

December 6, 2014

Natural Heritage Series: Peirce Mill to Pulpit Rock

Audubon Naturalist Society

Saturday, December 6 (9 am-12:30 pm)
Leaders  Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Steve Dryden
Members $24; nonmembers $34

Join Steve Dryden (author of “Peirce Mill: Two Hundred Years in the Nation’s Capital”) and Melanie Choukas-Bradley (author of the forthcoming “A Year in Rock Creek Park: the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC”) for a winter stroll from Peirce Mill to the scenic crest of Pulpit Rock. Learn about the historic mill that has been grinding grain in the nation’s capital since before the Revolutionary War. Our leaders will share some of the history of Rock Creek Park as it prepares to celebrate 125 years as one of America’s first and most beloved federal parks. As we walk to Pulpit Rock at a leisurely pace, Melanie will point out the woody plants along the hillside above Rock Creek and teach some tricks for winter identification. Our distance will be 2-3 miles, on a mix of natural and paved-surface trails. Most of the hike is over relatively flat terrain, but there will be a half mile of relatively-steep woodland trail. Register online. For registration information, email Pam Oves or call Pam at 301-652-9188 x16.


November 16, 2014

Preparing for Winter at Carderock

Audubon Naturalist Society

Sunday, November 16 (9:30 am-1:30 pm)
Leaders  Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Elizabeth Rives
Members $24; nonmembers $34

In April, woody plant instructors Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Elizabeth Rives led our Budbreak at Carderock foray. In this hike, they’ll return to Carderock and the Billy Goat (B) Trail along the Potomac River to explore the woodlands as trees and shrubs let go of their last fall leaves, and reveal their mature fruits and next year’s buds in prep for winter dormancy. We’ll examine and compare the fruits of many species, including hornbeam, hophornbeam, oaks, hickories, black walnut, American beech, sycamore, bladdernut, spice-bush and other woody plants. We’ll get a jump on winter botany by looking closely at twigs, buds, and bark, using Elizabeth’s TSI (tree scene investigation) techniques. Our hike will cover 1.5-2 miles of the towpath and parts of Billy Goat B, mostly at a leisurely naturalist’s crawl. Some stretches will be rocky, moderately steep, and possibly muddy. Register online. For registration information, email Pam Oves or call Pam at 301-652-9188 x16.


November 15, 2014

Fall Tree Tour of the Capitol Grounds

United States Botanic Garden

Event Date: Sat, Nov 15, 2014
Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author of City of Trees

Late autumn is a magnificent time to appreciate the newly emerging architecture and colorful remaining fall foliage of the historic trees that grace the U.S. Capitol Grounds. Meet in front of the Conservatory to stroll around the Capitol, admiring and learning about its grand old tree specimens from around the country and the world, including many official state trees and memorial plantings. Melanie Choukas-Bradley will focus on autumn fruits, remaining leaves, newly bare twigs and bark, teaching how to identify diverse species of oak, maple, beech, buckeye, magnolia, ginkgo and many other trees. Melanie will share history of the Capitol Grounds, which were designed by the pre-eminent 19th century landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (who also designed Central Park), and arboreal stories of the capital city, going back to the time of tree-loving founders George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Binoculars optional, but recommended. Please note: This tour is held outdoors. We suggest bringing sunscreen, protective clothing, snacks and water. The tour is canceled if it rains.

Date: Saturday, November 15
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Tour meets on the Terrace by the entrance to the Conservatory
FREE: Pre-registration required


November 9, 2014

© Susan Austin Roth

Rock Creek Park Field Trip: Boundary Bridge area

Maryland Native Plant Society

November 9, Sunday

10:00 AM—1:00 PM

Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Explore the park with the author of A Year in Rock Creek Park:
the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC.

 

 

 


November 5, 2014

Trees Matter Symposium

Montgomery Parks


November 2, 2014

Sugarloaf Mountain Field Trip

Maryland Native Plant Society

November 2, Sunday
10:00 AM—1:00 PM
Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Author of two books about Sugarloaf Mountain, Melanie will highlight the rose family. This will also be a chance to view autumn foliage and fruit of many woody plant species, including table mountain pines at the summit.

 

 


October 28, 2014

A Year in Rock Creek Park: the Wild, Wooded
Heart of Washington, DC

Maryland Native Plant Society

October 28, Tuesday—7:30 PM, doors open at 7:00
Kensington Library, Knowles Ave, Kensington, MD
Speakers: Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Susan Austin Roth

The speakers will discuss their forthcoming book and share Susan’s Photographs of the park through the seasons as they discuss the woody and herbaceous plants of Rock Creek Park.

 

 


October 25, 2014 - 9am-2pm

A Year at Boundary Bridge

Audubon Naturalist Society

Saturdays (9 am-2 pm)
Section D: October 25
Section A: February 22
Section B: April 5
Section C: June 28
Leader Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Each walk members $30; nonmembers $42

Melanie Choukas-Bradley at Carderock
Photo by Sophie Choukas-Bradley

Join the author of City of Trees for our eighth year of hikes in one of Washington, DC’s most beautiful wild areas. Starting at Boundary Bridge and following the same 2.5-mile loop trail each season, we’ll explore the large trees, diverse shrubs, and exceptional wildflowers along a scenic stretch of Rock Creek. We’ll also see and hear many species of birds, butterflies, and amphibians. On our winter walk, an ideal time to admire the Park’s topography, we’ll look and listen for winter flocks and identify many species of woody plants. In April, we’ll witness the spring magic of Rock Creek’s myriad wildflowers. As summer arrives in the Park, we’ll hope for a glimpse of a kingfisher as we look for ferns and early seasonal wildflowers such as enchanter’s nightshade. Autumn is glorious in Rock Creek Park, and we’ll conclude our series with a walk through colorful oaks, maples, and ashes, searching for the flowers of an early witch hazel in bloom. Our hike will be on trails with moderate uphill and downhill walking. An ANS/Rock Creek Conservancy Partnership. Registration required, please use registration form. For registration information, email Pam Oves or call Pam at 301-652-9188 x16.

 


October 17, 2014

The Natural and Cultural History of the Ag Reserve

Audubon Naturalist Society

Friday, October 17 (10 am-3:30 pm)
Leaders  Melanie Choukas-Bradley & Stephanie Mason
Members $30; nonmembers $42

Thirty-four years ago, with regional farmland rapidly diminishing, Montgomery County had the foresight to set aside more than 90,000 acres of farms and open space in the western and northern third of the county as an “Agricultural Reserve.” Come explore this scenic, biologically diverse area and learn how it contributes to clean air and water, the availability of fresh local produce, and the overall quality of life for residents of the metro area. Our trip will visit a working CSA farm, a fall produce and pumpkin stand, an historical site, and an artist’s studio, time permitting, to experience the rich diversity of plants and wildlife (and human livelihoods) that thrive in the Reserve’s fields, meadows, wetlands, and rocky woodlands. We’ll begin and end the tour in some of the beautiful parkland along its borders: Seneca Creek State Park and Dickerson Conservation Park, site of an American sycamore, officially the largest known tree in MD. Register online. For registration information, email Pam Oves or call Pam at 301-652-9188 x16.


October 4, 2014

Sugarloaf Mountain Autumn Hike

Audubon Naturalist Society


Saturday, October 4 (10 am-3 pm)

Leaders  Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Tina Thieme Brown
Members $30; nonmembers $42

The author and the illustrator of two books about Sugarloaf Mountain team up once again for a seasonal nature hike up to the summit of our local monadnock. We’ll search for maturing fruits on oaks, hickories, black birch, witch-hazel and many other woody plants, and enjoy the first blush of color in the tupelo trees. Several species of wildflowers in the aster and mint families should be blooming. On or near the mountain summit, we’ll see many plants in the health family, as well as the uncommon table mountain pine. We will hike for 1½-2 miles at a slow pace, covering some steep and rocky sections of trail. Tina will give a field drawing demonstration and Melanie will describe the history and geology of Sugarloaf. Register online. For registration information, email Pam Oves or call Pam at 301-652-9188 x16.


September 21, 2014

Tree Tour: Treeathlon with Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Offered by Casey Trees

Start: September 21, 2013 9:00 am
End: September 21, 2013 3:00 pm

Address: Olmsted Summerhouse on the U.S. Capitol Grounds, New Jersey Ave. NW & Constitution Ave. Northwest, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

Jump start the fall season with Casey Trees’ second annual Treeathlon, a Washington, DC tree tour conducted via bicycle, on foot and by kayak or canoe!

We’ll meet with our bikes at the Olmsted Summerhouse, a brick grotto on the northwest grounds of the U.S. Capitol, at 9:00 on Sunday, September 21st, the weekend before the start of fall. We’ll then bike through the grounds and along the National Mall toward the Lincoln Memorial, stopping and walking to admire and learn about many of the historic and botanically noteworthy trees along the route. We’ll arrive at Key Bridge Boathouse on the Georgetown riverfront around noon, where we’ll enjoy a box lunch overlooking the Potomac River.

We’ll then hop into kayaks and canoes for a tree-viewing paddle around Theodore Roosevelt Island (to complete our athletic trio of events!).

The ticket for this event includes a boxed lunch and canoe or kayak rental. No refunds will be provided. However, since space is limited please let us know if you’re unable to make it and your reservation will be opened for someone else and your registration fee will be processed as a donation.

Getting There
The meeting location at Olmsted’s Summerhouse on the U.S. Capitol grounds (the closest intersection is listed as the street address above). The closest Metrorail station is Union Station (Red Line) which is a 10 minute walk from the Summerhouse. The Federal Center and Capitol South Metrorail stations (Orange & Blue Lines) are both a 15 minute walk from the Summerhouse. The closest Metrobus stops are along Constitution Avenue NW (served by the 96) or along Independence Avenue SW (served by the 34). There is a Capital Bikeshare station located at Union Station where you can rent a bike.

Instructors
Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees;
Stephanie Juchs, Community Education Coordinator, Casey Trees, ISA Certified Arborist

Who Should Attend?
The Treeathlon is accessible to anyone who is moderately fit and knows how to ride a bike. Brief paddling instruction will be provided for those with little or no paddling experience.

Come Prepared
This event will take place rain or shine barring severe weather so please wear appropriate clothing. For predicted severe inclement weather participants will be notified 24 hours in advance if the Treeathlon is being rescheduled for its rain date on Sunday, September 28th. We recommend participants bring water and a snack, a boxed lunch will be provided. Please bring a bike lock to secure your bike during the paddling portion of the tour.

Site Information
The biking portion of the Treeathlon covers a distance of about 5 miles with frequent breaks for noteworthy trees along our route. The paddle will cover a moderate distance from Key Bridge boathouse around Roosevelt Island. There are no restrooms during the Treeathlon until we reach Key Bridge Boathouse.

Registration required, please use register online.



June 28, 2014 - 9am-2pm

© Susan A. Roth

A Year at Boundary Bridge

Audubon Naturalist Society

Section C: June 28
Section D: October 25
Each walk members $30; nonmembers $42

Join the author of City of Trees for our seventh year of hikes in one of Washington, DC’s most beautiful wild areas. Starting at Boundary Bridge and following the same 2.5-mile loop trail each season, we’ll explore the large trees, diverse shrubs, and exceptional wildflowers along a scenic stretch of Rock Creek. We’ll also see and hear many species of birds, butterflies, and amphibians. On our winter walk, an ideal time to admire the Park’s topography, we’ll look and listen for winter flocks and identify many species of woody plants. In April, we’ll witness the spring magic of Rock Creek’s myriad wildflowers. As summer arrives in the Park, we’ll hope for a glimpse of a kingfisher as we look for ferns and early seasonal wildflowers such as enchanter’s nightshade. Autumn is glorious in Rock Creek Park, and we’ll conclude our series with a walk through colorful oaks, maples, and ashes, searching for the flowers of an early witch hazel in bloom. Our 2.5-mile circuit hike will be on trails with moderate uphill and downhill walking. An ANS/Rock Creek Conservancy Partnership. Registration required, please use registration form.


July 9-30, 2014

Natural History Field Studies Program

Co-Sponsored by the Graduate School USA
and the Audubon Naturalist Society

Summer Wildflower Identification
NATH 7149E, 1 credit
Class dates: July 9-30, 2014, Wednesdays, 7-9:15 pm
Field Trip dates: July 9 & 26. Optional kayaking field trip August 2.
Location: Woodend Sanctuary, MD
Tuition: $259
Instructor: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Register Online

From milkweeds and morning glories to orchids and asters, summer presents a diverse array of wildflowers for study of plant family characteristics and ways to identify different species. Field trips to two scenic locations for summer wildflowers provide an opportunity for practice in the use of identification guides. Previous Spring Flower Identification class or similar course is recommended but not required. Field Trips Dates: July 9 and July 26, 2014. Optional Kayaking field trip on August 2, 2014.

This course is part of the Certificate of Accomplishment in Natural History Field Studies.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is the author of three natural history books, including two botanical field guides, and she is a freelance contributor to The Washington Post. She leads many field trips for ANS. B.A., University of Vermont.
Required text: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb.
Required text: Finding Wildflowers in the Washington-Baltimore Area by Cristol Fleming, Marion Blois Lobstein, Barbara Tufty.
Recommended: An Illustrated Guide to Eastern Woodland Wildflowers and Trees: 350 Plants Observed at Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryland by Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Tina Thieme Brown. Instructor has loaner copies.


July 10, 2014


July 17, 2014

Trees of the Regional Garden Tour

U.S. Botanic Garden

Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees

Spend a summer evening learning to identify trees of the Mid-Atlantic Piedmont and Coastal Plain as you tour the Regional Garden. Melanie will teach you how to identify tupelo, hop-hornbeam, red buckeye, pawpaw, oaks, pines and many other native trees as you stroll the grounds of the National Garden. She will also share some of the arboreal history of Washington, DC, which has long been known as the "City of Trees," and offer ideas for self-guided tree tours in and around the nation's capital. Please note: This tour is held outdoors. We suggest bringing sunscreen, protective clothing and water. The tour is canceled if it rains or during times of extreme heat (heat index of 95 degrees or higher/Code Red weather alert).

Time: Thursday, July 17, from 5 - 7pm
Location: Tour will meet on the National Garden Lawn Terrace
FREE: Pre-registration required

 

 

 



Saturday, May 24, 2014

Audubon Naturalist Society

Spring Hike on Sugarloaf Mountain

Saturday, May 24 (10 am-3 pm)
Leaders Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Tina Thieme Brown
Members $30; nonmembers $42

Join Sugarloaf author Melanie Choukas-Bradley and artist Tina Thieme Brown for an outing devoted to the botany, wildlife, geology, and history of Sugarloaf Mountain, a monadnock in the rural Piedmont northwest of Washington, DC The 1.5-2.5 mile hike, with some uphill and downhill on rocky terrain, is timed to coincide with the flowering of many woodland plants, including mountain laurel, pinxter, fringe-tree, Canada mayflower, several violet species, and possibly one or more orchids. Bring binoculars to look for Wood Thrushes, Worm-eating Warblers, Ravens, and other bird species. Tina will give a brief demonstration on illustrating plants in the field during our lunch break. Registration required, please use registration form.


Sunday, May 4, 2014

U.S. Botanic Garden

Spring Tree Tour of the Capitol Grounds

Spend a May morning strolling under the venerable trees that grace the U.S. Capitol grounds with Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees. The lush and botanically diverse Capitol grounds were designed by the pre-eminent 19th century landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted - designer of New York City's Central Park and many other North American landscapes - and they have been described as one of the world's finest arboretums. We will explore the historic groves of the Capitol at the height of spring foliage and flower, admiring and learning about the trees that grace the grounds, including species from around the United States and the world. We hope to see magnolias, fringe-trees, buckeyes, horsechestnuts and other flowering trees in bloom. The tour begins at the USBG Conservatory and continues to the Capitol. Learn some basics of tree identification and a secret side of political Washington: the love of trees that goes back to founding presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and led to the capital becoming known as the "City of Trees." Memorial trees planted by Members of Congress - including one that is 100 years old - are among the trees on the tour. Hear arboreal highlights of the city's planning history and recommendations for local natural areas for further exploration.

Please note: This tour is held outdoors. We suggest bringing sunscreen, protective clothing and water. The tour is canceled if it rains or during times of extreme heat (heat index of 95 degrees or higher/Code Red weather alert).

Date: Sunday, May 4
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Tour meets on the Terrace by the entrance to the USBG Conservatory
FREE: Pre-registration required
See more at: http://www.usbg.gov/events/2014/02/21/spring-tree-tour-capitol-grounds#sthash.50dnLBLQ.dpuf


Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, 2014

U.S. Botanic Garden

Can You ID a Tree? Workshop

Join City of Trees author and teacher Melanie Choukas- Bradley for a Friday evening tree ID workshop, followed by a Saturday morning tree ID session in the USBG Regional Garden. Spring is the perfect time to dust off your tree ID skills and there is no better place for study than the USBG's Regional Garden with its many native woody plant species. On Friday evening, Melanie will teach tree ID basics specific to our Washington, DC, native and cultivated tree populations. On Saturday morning, she'll lead the class through the Regional Garden to practice these new skills among the native trees in full leaf and flower. Bring a bag lunch to enjoy in the garden after the tour.

Please note: Registrants will receive a copy of City of Trees for use as a guide during this course. This course will be limited to 20 participants. Participants are invited to bring a bag lunch on Saturday to eat with Melanie after the program.

Date: Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday
Location: Lecture will meet in the Conservatory Classroom; Tour will meet on the Terrace by the entrance to the Conservatory
Friends: $20
Non-Members: $25
Pre-registration required
See more at: http://www.usbg.gov/events/2014/02/21/can-you-id-tree-workshop#sthash.Q936BDET.dpuf


April 24, 2014

We are happy and honored to share with you the following event, during which Melanie will be honored with the Award for Education.

Casey Trees is excited to announce the honorees of the inaugural Canopy Awards set for this Arbor Day Eve — Thursday, April 24 — at Dock5 @ Union Market.

Join us in celebrating the remarkable accomplishments of four distinguished community leaders who have selflessly dedicated their time and energy to making the Washington, DC region green and tree-filled. Your attendance ensures that we can continue to plant trees across the Washington metro region and educate the next generation on the importance of trees. Tickets are still available for purchase.

The 2014 Canopy Award honorees are: Anthony A. Williams, Award for Leadership; Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Award for Education; Betsy Emes, Award for Partnership; and Christy Kwan, Award for Volunteer Service

Stay tuned in these final days leading up to the event. We will be announcing a few surprises and guests that attendees will be able to look forward to on the big day.

Details:

Casey Trees Canopy Awards

Arbor Day Eve
Thursday, April 24
6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Dock5 @ Union Market
1309 5th Street NE, W DC

Food. Drink. Games. Silent Auction.

Music by Bumper Jacksons and Andrew Lipke and the Azrael String Quartet.

$45 advance sales/$55 at the door

Buy Tickets

All proceeds benefit Casey Trees’ tree planting and education programs.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Audubon Naturalist Society

Budbreak at Carderock

Sunday, April 13 (9:30 am-1:30 pm)
Leaders Melanie Choukas-Bradley & Elizabeth Rives
Members $24; nonmembers $34

During spring in Washington, all eyes seem to be on the colorful wildflowers and showy migrating birds. But one of the greatest miracles of spring, the bursting buds of native trees and shrubs, is often overlooked. Join Natural History Field Studies woody plant ID teachers Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Elizabeth Rives for a walk devoted to the identification and admiration of native trees and shrubs as their buds break and their leaves and flowers emerge! The 2-3 mile hike will mostly follow the C&O canal towpath, but we will venture down to the Potomac River on Section B of the Billy Goat Trail for a portion of the hike.This stretch involves some scrambling over rocks, a few steep sections, and some up and down, but we will move at a slow pace. Registration required, please use registration form.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Casey Trees Event

Tree Tour: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Celebrate the District's Emancipation Day a few days early with a tour of Frederick Douglass' home and the surrounding grounds!

City of Trees author Melanie Choukas-Bradley will lead a tree tour at the historic Anacostia home of Frederick Douglass, renowned 19th century abolitionist and women’s rights advocate. The tree tour will immediately follow a 9:30 house tour of the Cedar Hill home where Douglass, who was born a slave on Maryland’s eastern shore, spent the happy and productive final years of his life.

The Douglass home is a National Park Service Historic Site and it overlooks the Anacostia River and the city of Washington. Many venerable trees grace the scenic property including several species of oaks and hickories, white ash, hackberry, and southern magnolia.

Join us for a tour of Cedar Hill, the former home of Frederick Douglass, followed by a tree tour on the surrounding grounds led by City of Trees author Melanie Choukas-Bradley.

April 12, 2014, 9am - 12pm
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
1411 W Street SE, Washington, DC, 20020

For all events, we require online registration through Eventbrite in advance


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Audubon Naturalist Society

A Year at Boundary Bridge

Saturdays (9 am-2 pm)
Section B: April 5
Section C: June 28
Section D: October 25
Section A: February 22

Leader Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Each walk members $30; nonmembers $42

Melanie Choukas-Bradley at Carderock
Photo by Sophie Choukas-Bradley

Join the author of City of Trees for our eighth year of hikes in one of Washington, DC’s most beautiful wild areas. Starting at Boundary Bridge and following the same 2.5-mile loop trail each season, we’ll explore the large trees, diverse shrubs, and exceptional wildflowers along a scenic stretch of Rock Creek. We’ll also see and hear many species of birds, butterflies, and amphibians. On our winter walk, an ideal time to admire the Park’s topography, we’ll look and listen for winter flocks and identify many species of woody plants. In April, we’ll witness the spring magic of Rock Creek’s myriad wildflowers. As summer arrives in the Park, we’ll hope for a glimpse of a kingfisher as we look for ferns and early seasonal wildflowers such as enchanter’s nightshade. Autumn is glorious in Rock Creek Park, and we’ll conclude our series with a walk through colorful oaks, maples, and ashes, searching for the flowers of an early witch hazel in bloom. Our hike will be on trails with moderate uphill and downhill walking. An ANS/Rock Creek Conservancy Partnership. Registration required, please use registration form.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Loudoun County Master Gardener Annual Gardening Symposium

The second day of our 2-day Symposium features 8 lectures, you choose the 4 you want to attend. A few of our topics include: Landscape Design, Safe products for your garden, City of Trees and Fine Pruning! Lunch is included in price of $75 for both days and $45 for a single day. More information on our website page for the Symposium under the Events menu on our site.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of three highly acclaimed natural history books, lecturer, teacher, member of the Board of the Maryland Native Plant Society and serves on many other committees. Her talk will be on City of Trees, and is scheduled for 10:45 on Sunday, March 30.

City of Trees slide lecture by author Melanie Choukas-Bradley here.

When: Sun, March 30, 9:30am – 3:00pm

Where: Ida Lee Drive (Recreation Center), Leesburg, VA, United States (map)


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Tudor Place, Georgetown

Tree Fest: Celebrate the Canopy!

Bring family and friends for a FREE festival in the Garden — with games, puppets, storytelling, a tree tour, and an artisanal Market Fair offering sustainable merchandise and helpful information.. All of it salutes Tudor Place’s “witness trees” and other gifts of the natural world found here in the city, and celebrates the planting of white oak in the North Garden to replace the towering sentinel lost last year.

Join us to say “hello” to the new white oak and participate in activities for all ages. Children can enjoy shows of puppetry and music at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and games and crafts throughout the day. A 1 p.m. guided tree walk will be led by Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees.

Public transportation recommended. Tudor Place is easily reached by bus, Metro and a short walk, and bicycle (including Bike Share).

View directions and transportation options.

Register here.



Saturday, March 15, 2014

United States Botanic Garden Event

Winter Tree Tour of the Capitol Grounds

Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author of City of Trees

Winter is the best time to appreciate the architecture of the historic trees gracing the U.S. Capitol grounds. Stroll around the Capitol with Melanie Choukas-Bradley, admiring and learning about its magnificent trees from around the country and the world. Learn to identify Kentucky coffee-trees, Japanese pagoda trees, beeches, magnolias and dogwoods during winter. Melanie Choukas- Bradley will focus on the bark, buds and overall growth habit of grand old trees, including many official state trees and memorial plantings. Giant sequoias and a massive willow oak are among the trees on the tour. Melanie Choukas-Bradley will share history of the Capitol grounds and the city of Washington throughout the tour. Please note: This tour is held outdoors. We suggest bringing sunscreen, protective clothing and water. The tour is canceled if it rains or snows.

Code: TH022512

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014

Time: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Conservatory Terrace

FREE: Pre-registration required: Visit www.usbg.gov


March 2, 2015

Politics & Prose @ Busboys & Poets Takoma
235 Carroll Street NW, Washington, DC, Nicolás Guillén Room

Author/Photographer Event

Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Susan Austin Roth
A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC

Susan and Melanie in Rock Creek Park
Photo by Judy Licht
6:30 pm

busboysandpoets.com


February 22, 2014 - 9am-2pm

A Year at Boundary Bridge, Audubon Naturalist Society


© Susan Austin Roth

Section A: February 22
Section B: April 5
Section C: June 28
Section D: October 25
Leader Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Each walk members $30; nonmembers $42
Entire series $108/$150

Join the author of City of Trees for our eighth year of hikes in one of Washington, DC’s most beautiful wild areas. Starting at Boundary Bridge and following the same 2.5-mile loop trail each season, we’ll explore the large trees, diverse shrubs, and exceptional wildflowers along a scenic stretch of Rock Creek. We’ll also see and hear many species of birds, butterflies, and amphibians. On our winter walk, an ideal time to admire the Park’s topography, we’ll look and listen for winter flocks and identify many species of woody plants. In April, we’ll witness the spring magic of Rock Creek’s myriad wildflowers. As summer arrives in the Park, we’ll hope for a glimpse of a kingfisher as we look for ferns and early seasonal wildflowers such as enchanter’s nightshade. Autumn is glorious in Rock Creek Park, and we’ll conclude our series with a walk through colorful oaks, maples, and ashes, searching for the flowers of an early witch hazel in bloom. Our hike will be on trails with moderate uphill and downhill walking. An ANS/Rock Creek Conservancy Partnership.

Each walk members $30; nonmembers $42
Entire series $108/$150

Registration required, please use registration form.



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