Friday afternoon we first stopped at the Washington Park Arboretum before seeing the Japanese Garden. Over time the variety of understory plants has decreased and native plants have been dying off. The Arboretum has consequently, since 2001, been undergoing forest habitat restoration. Invasive plants are being removed and replaced with a variety of plants that would have been in the park site before it was logged. Since it was getting late in the afternoon we only spent time walking on the Azalea Way, which is absolutely stunning at this time of the year.