Upcoming Events

Garden Fair & Plant Sale (FONA)
April 28, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm; Friends of the National Arboretum members only
April 28, 1:00 – 4:00 pm; Open to the public
April 29, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Open to the public

The annual Garden Fair & Plant Sale features new, rare, and hard-to-find plants, garden supply vendors, books, children’s activities, refreshments, entertainment, and more. Bring your garden questions to National Arboretum staff members for expert advice. Sponsored by the Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA). Call FONA at 202-544-8733 for more information. Free admission


Azalea Collections Tours (Arboretum)
April 25, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
April 26, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Meet in the Visitor Center

Bring friends and family for this annual spring tradition. Stroll along wooded hillside trails amid a brilliant spring display of blooming azaleas while learning about the origins and culture of these popular shrubs. Barbara Bullock, long-time curator of the renowned Arboretum Azalea Collections, tells the story of how Arboretum research has contributed hundreds of new varieties for gardeners, gives expert advice on all aspects of growing azaleas, and answers your questions. See first-hand the progress of the Glenn Dale Hillside Renewal Project, a major renovation to improve conditions to increase the vigor and bloom production of thousands of azaleas by controlling invasives, pruning, and thinning select saplings. Fee: $15 ($12 FONA) Registration required.


Great-Looking Lawns using Bay-Friendly Practices (Arboretum)
April 22, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Visitor Center Auditorium

Informal indoor, outdoor, and hands-on learning activities provide you with practical, science-based, and up-to-date information you can use to improve your lawn this season. Topics covered include selecting the best turfgrass for your site; proper maintenance practices to have a healthy lawn and reduce pests; and choosing and applying fertilizer properly for the best results. This proactive, bay-friendly approach emphasizes preventative techniques to reduce weeds, pest, and diseases before they become a nuisance. Take home lawn care information to help you through the process. A guided tour of the interactive Grass Roots Exhibit will follow the classroom part of the workshop and refreshments and door prizes will be provided! Free. Space is limited and registration is encouraged. Call 202-245-5965 or e-mail Geoffrey Rinehart at to register.


Early Morning Tour of the Asian Collections (Arboretum)
April 23, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Depart from front of Arbor House

Get a chance to see the Asian Collections in the calm of early morning, before the crowds arrive. Early morning is the best time to see a garden, and late April is always a wonderful time of year. Horticulturist Chris Upton will lead you through the spectacularly beautiful diversity of plants growing on the picturesque slopes of Hickey Hill. Whether spring is early or late, we’ll see camellias, azaleas, viburnums, and loropetalums in bloom, and there will be terrestrial orchids, primroses, tree peonies, and early iris to see, along with our renowned collection of Epimedium and the curious Asian jack-in-the-pulpits. Fee: $15 ($10 FONA) Registration required


Exhibit: The Bonsai Saga: How 53 Japanese Bonsai Came to America (Bonsai)
Through October 1, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum Exhibits Gallery

In 1976, to celebrate our nation’s 200th birthday, we received 53 masterpiece bonsai from Japan. This exhibit features images and film from our archival collection to tell the story of this incredible gift—which led to the establishment of the first museum in the world dedicated to miniature trees. Free.


Viewing Stone Exhibit: Legacy of Japanese Suiseki in North America (Bonsai)
March 5 – May 7, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum Exhibits Gallery

Viewing stones, known as suiseki, have been revered in Japan for centuries. They are natural stones that remind us of mountains or waterfalls, but are small enough to sit on a table. This exhibit will feature Japanese and North American stones from the Potomac Viewing Stone Group, a regional organization dedicated to stone appreciation. Free.

Capital Bikeshare Station

Rent a bike from the new Capital Bikeshare station outside the R Street entrance, and cycle through the Arboretum’s nine miles of paved roads.