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In the Morrison Garden in the Azalea Collections. The walls and paths in this garden are made of bricks from an old school that used to be on the Arboretum's grounds. When the school was torn down many years ago, the bricks from its walls were too nice to be thrown away, so the people who designed this garden recycled them as the walkways and walls. The garden was completed in 1954. How old does that make it?

Picture of Hamilton School
Picture of Hamilton School, built in 1880 (taken down in 1949).

Bonus fact:
Did you know that bricks are made from clay? Clay is really just gooey soil, and it's all around the D.C. area (you can find clay soil in many areas of the United States). If you've ever modeled with clay, you know it's easy to form into shapes. Once they've been baked in big ovens, bricks can last a long time. That's why they're used a lot for buildings and paths.

How to find the Morrison Garden at the Arboretum:
Enter the Azalea Collections from the south side off of Azalea Road. Look at the map of the grounds and find the north arrow (an arrow with the letter "N" above it.) The south side of the Azalea Collections would be the direction that's on the opposite end of the arrow, and is near the intersection of Eagle Nest Road and Azalea Road near the Grove of State Trees. Once you enter the collection from this side, you'll see the brick garden straight ahead of you.

The Morrison Garden is named after the Arboretum's first director, B. Y. Morrison.

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