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A Sneak Peek Into the 2017 Garden Fair

A Sneak Peek Into the 2017 Garden Fair

On behalf of the Garden Fair Committee, I would like to welcome you to this year’s Garden Fair and Plant Sale which will take place Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29. Remember that Friday from 10am to 1pm is for FONA members only!

This year’s fair will differ from previous garden fairs in a number of ways.

First, we are holding the event on the North Terrace behind the Administration Building/Visitor Center. The New York Avenue site will not be available to us this year or for the next 3 years because of construction of the new China Garden. We are very excited about the new location because it is more centrally located and provides many of the amenities previously lacking at the New York Avenue site. Although the new site is a little smaller than the previous site, we plan to offer a similar number of the great annuals, perennials, and woodies as in previous years. The entrance to the fair will be through the lobby of the Administration Building.

A second change is that we will not have vendors this year with the exception of the Potomac Unit of the National Herb Society, which supports an intern at the National Arboretum Herb Garden. Given the challenges presented to the Garden Fair itself, we felt we didn’t have the resources or the experience with the new site to allow vendors this year. The Herb Society will be on the East Terrace along with Arboretum employees who will be selling surplus plants from the Arboretum. There will be food vendors on the road adjacent to the East Terrace, including Zeke’s Coffee and The Big Cheese.

Finally, the Plant Sale will end at 4pm on Saturday. In previous years, we have offered remaining plants at a 50% discount on Sunday morning but that will not happen this year because there are other events taking place at the Arboretum on Sunday.

So please come join us at the Garden Fair! Despite the changes I’ve described, it will in many ways be the same fair we’ve offered for many years, with Arboretum experts on hand, garden books for sale in the lobby, great plants for your garden, and delicious food for you and your friends. This is an excellent opportunity to support your National Arboretum because FONA will use all proceeds from this sale to support Arboretum activities. We thank you for your support!

–KEVIN MCINTOSH is the chair for this year’s Garden Fair.

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