Sponsoring Organization: U.S. National Arboretum
Natural History Tree Tour
Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with this tour, which explores the traditional uses of trees and plants native to southern Appalachia. Guide Michael Rayburn’s knowledge of plants and their uses was passed down from the Cherokee to the settlers, including his family, in the 1700’s. Learn how the special properties of certain plants made them critical to daily life by providing the materials for tools, weapons, food, medicine, weaving, building, fishing, and more. Mr. Rayburn is an Environmental Horticulturist, Certified Arborist, and currently the horticulturist in the Arboretum’s Native Plant Collections. Fee: $12 ($10 FONA) Registration required.
Location: Meet at the Capitol Columns parking lot.
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