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FONA & THE ARBORETUM

Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA) was founded in 1982 as an independent 501(c)(3). FONA serves as the primary private partner of the U.S National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. We preserve and enhance this vibrant public space and facilitate experiential programs that instill a love of plants, nature, and the outdoors in all who visit the Arboretum. We also promote the overarching research and education mission of the Arboretum.

vintage photo of capitol columns

Past Accomplishments

We were instrumental in bringing the Capitol Columns to the Arboretum in the early ’90s. We funded the Flowering Tree Walk surrounding the meadow so all people can enjoy its beauty regardless of ability. Our volunteers planted over 30,000 native plants along the Springhouse Run creek to improve the Anacostia River’s water quality.

students harvest carrots from the washington youth garden

Current Work

Our Washington Youth Garden is the Arboretum’s largest community outreach program. Revenue from our venue rental program funds the Arboretum Director’s Fund which pays for things like consultants, supplies, and maintenance projects. Our plant sales and fairs support our mission and connect visitors to the Arboretum.

visitor center pond during the sunrise

Future Plans

We developed a new Core Master Plan that provides a blueprint for future projects around the Arboretum. We invest in the future of horticulture by funding internships that support the collections. Our Meyer Kidder Fellows will increase the Arboretum’s research capacity and connect the Arboretum with world-class post-doctoral researchers.

Share the gift of the Arboretum

General Online Donations

Support FONA with a gift of any amount.

Membership

Become a FONA member starting at $45 and receive exclusive perks.

David Fairchild Society

A passionate community of supporters with membership starting at $1,200.

Grow the Garden Campaign

Donate to help us renovate the Washington Youth Garden. This project will make the garden more engaging, accessible, and productive.

Other Ways to Support

Support FONA through securities, donor-advised funds, planned giving, bench donations, and more.

GROW THE GARDEN CAMPAIGN

FONA is committed to providing excellent youth education at the National Arboretum. Each phase of the Grow the Garden campaign helps us make the Washington Youth Garden more engaging, accessible, and productive for future generations.

Thanks to our community, we have completed Phase 2 of this campaign! With the help of 147 donors, we raised more than $173,000 in nine months to renovate the Washington Youth Garden’s perimeter fence. Donations ranged from $5 to $50,000, and every single one made a difference in helping us complete this project.

This new fence makes the garden more welcoming and engaging for all who visit the U.S. National Arboretum. A special thank you to our two generous anonymous donors who cumulatively provided $60,000 in matching donations for the campaign. Below is a list of supporters who have made this project possible. Thank you to all of the donors who made this project possible!

wyg garden redesign map

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Campaign Phases

FONA is committed to providing excellent youth education at the National Arboretum. Each phase of the Grow the Garden campaign helps us make the Washington Youth Garden more engaging, accessible, and productive for future generations.

Kara Lundberg

June 12, 2024

Amount Donated
$26

Elizabeth Darlingon

June 8, 2024

Amount Donated
$500

Kelley Wilson

June 7, 2024

Amount Donated
$26

Beth Moore

June 5, 2024

Amount Donated
$26

Anonymous

May 23, 2024

Amount Donated
$11

Anne McGarvey

May 22, 2024

Amount Donated
$26

Rachel Unkovic

May 22, 2024

Amount Donated
$100
in memory of Ruthie Mae U.

Claire Alrich

May 22, 2024

Amount Donated
$26

Allison Taylor

May 22, 2024

Amount Donated
$52

Anonymous

May 22, 2024

Amount Donated
$16

Elizabeth Rossman

May 22, 2024

Amount Donated
$103

Viona Zhang

May 21, 2024

Amount Donated
$26

Bryan Chippeaux

May 21, 2024

Amount Donated
$258

Joseph Compofelice

May 21, 2024

Amount Donated
$26

Samantha Alvis

May 21, 2024

Amount Donated
$26

Nzinga Tull

May 21, 2024

Amount Donated
$258

Paula Zimmerman

May 21, 2024

Amount Donated
$26

Kaifa Anderson-Hall

May 21, 2024

Amount Donated
$25

Grace Denman

May 21, 2024

Amount Donated
$50

Samantha Trumbull

May 21, 2024

Amount Donated
$52
in honor of Emmett and Nalo T.

Anthony Treubrodt

May 21, 2024

Amount Donated
$26

Katie Maloney

May 21, 2024

Amount Donated
$25

John & Genevieve Sandoval

May 21, 2024

Amount Donated
$103

Janani Perera

May 21, 2024

Amount Donated
$15

Lauren Sharrock

May 21, 2024

Amount Donated
$16

Joan Melville-Kohls

May 21, 2024

Amount Donated
$100

Catherine Kerkam

May 20, 2024

Amount Donated
$103

Beatrice Dermer

May 20, 2024

Amount Donated
$129

Leandra Nichola & Adam Dorius

May 13, 2024

Amount Donated
$103

Pamela Raymont-Simpson

May 11, 2024

Amount Donated
$155

Ann Yuan

March 27, 2024

Amount Donated
$200

JEAN LANGE

March 4, 2024

Amount Donated
$500

Progress Toward $60K Matching Gift

March 3, 2024

Amount Donated
$49,977

Anonymous

March 1, 2024

Amount Donated
$26

Thomas Kapfer

March 1, 2024

Amount Donated
$26

Leslie Sharp

March 1, 2024

Amount Donated
$52

Alexis Hazen

February 29, 2024

Amount Donated
$26

Charles Dhysr

February 29, 2024

Amount Donated
$103

Anonymous

February 29, 2024

Amount Donated
$52

Kate LaTour

February 29, 2024

Amount Donated
$26

Susan P Thompson

February 14, 2024

Amount Donated
$103

Katherine Benjamin

February 14, 2024

Amount Donated
$26

John Albert

February 14, 2024

Amount Donated
$52
in honor of Virginia A.

Leanna Fenske

February 14, 2024

Amount Donated
$26

Nancy Luria

February 14, 2024

Amount Donated
$103

Anonymous

February 14, 2024

Amount Donated
$5

Candy Kessel

February 14, 2024

Amount Donated
$26

Sofia Gardenswartz

February 5, 2024

Amount Donated
$11

Eric Hansen

December 31, 2023

Amount Donated
$250

Jan McCarthy

December 31, 2023

Amount Donated
$103

Susan Chapin and Joel Cohen

December 29, 2023

Amount Donated
$1,878

Linda and John Derrick

December 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$5,000

Maura Nakahata

December 24, 2023

Amount Donated
$52
in honor of Eleanor S.

Jonathan Coopersmith

December 21, 2023

Amount Donated
$200

Niraj Ray

December 14, 2023

Amount Donated
$200

Elizabeth Dugan

December 8, 2023

Amount Donated
$325

Capitol Hill Community Foundation

December 7, 2023

Amount Donated
$3,000

John Sanford Kemper

December 7, 2023

Amount Donated
$250

Michael Bujold

December 7, 2023

Amount Donated
$15

Marcel LaFollette

December 6, 2023

Amount Donated
$258

Eric Michael

November 30, 2023

Amount Donated
$1,000

DAVID MOLLITOR

November 30, 2023

Amount Donated
$180

Luke Dickinson

November 30, 2023

Amount Donated
$52

John Healey

November 29, 2023

Amount Donated
$50

Carolyn Peery

November 29, 2023

Amount Donated
$155

Nadia Shebaro

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$52

Craven Rand

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$5,150

Janet Nuzum

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$103

Melissa Stahl

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$52

Maura Allen

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$103

Bernard Foster

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$52

Catherine Robbins

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$52

Inas Anderson

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$50
in honor of Brody Nathan M.

Marcel C. LaFollette

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$103

Lee Coykendall

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$103

Laurel Cullen

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$16

Hans Wien

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$103

Dorothy Woodcock

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$1,030

Anonymous

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$52

Michael Stevens

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$258

Ursula Kondo

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$52

withers horner

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$52

Elissa Feldman

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$103

John Strand

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$309

Linda Lee

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$26

Kay Glenday

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$250

Cecilia Carroll

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$26

Angela Domanico

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$103
in honor of FONA S.

Austin Pedersen

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$21

Mary Frase

November 28, 2023

Amount Donated
$52

Diann McGarvey

November 27, 2023

Amount Donated
$258

GAIL CHARNLEY ELLIOTT

November 27, 2023

Amount Donated
$1,236

Bill and Donna Roberts

November 27, 2023

Amount Donated
$1,030

Jeanne Connelly

November 27, 2023

Amount Donated
$100

Matthew McClellan

November 27, 2023

Amount Donated
$50

Lesley Conroy

November 27, 2023

Amount Donated
$103

Nadia Mercer

November 27, 2023

Amount Donated
$103

Maryam Trowell-McCloud

November 27, 2023

Amount Donated
$16

Kari Rowe

November 25, 2023

Amount Donated
$103

Mark & Cindy Clark

November 16, 2023

Amount Donated
$500

AWARD-WINNING EDUCATION PROGRAMS

With a focus on serving under-resourced communities, FONA nurtures curious minds and healthy bodies by connecting youth to food, the land, and each other. Our youth education programs take place at Washington Youth Garden on the grounds of the U.S. National Arboretum and in partner schools across Washington, DC. They work with DC educators to create strong, sustainable school garden programs and connect students to garden education. Our programs also provide year-round employment opportunities and green career paths for DC high school students.

Learn about our education programs & Washington Youth Garden

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FONA FIELD NOTES NEWSLETTER

Our award-winning weekly FONA Field Notes newsletter provides timely updates on the National Arboretum, FONA, and the Washington Youth Garden. See our all our past newsletter issues, in addition to our other publications and magazines, on our Publications & Media page.

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