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PRIOR ISSUES

Sharing our Gratitude

To show our appreciation for our colleagues at the Arboretum, FONA hosted a BBQ this…

Pre-Order Your Christmas Tree

Christmas trees, wreaths, and garlands are now available for pre-order! You can pick up your reserved…

Conservation Success Story

Members of the Arboretum’s Germplasm and Gardens Units recently planted an orchard of Magnolia ashei in the…

Autumn Colors

Dr. Richard T. Olsen, the U.S. National Arboretum’s Director, recently sat down with WUSA9 TV to discuss…

Holiday Experiences

Buy Christmas trees, wreaths, and garlands at our Christmas Tree Sale. This event will only…

Acknowledging the Land

The National Arboretum sits on land in the Chesapeake Bay watershed along the Anacostia River…

Exploring the Outdoors

We can’t wait to celebrate fall with you this weekend at our Fall Festival &…

Enchanting Evening

Thank you to all who joined us last night for our 26th annual Dinner Under the…

Autumn is Approaching

Leaves will soon begin to change color as shorter days and cooler weather herald autumn. SmokyMountains.com,…
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Grants & Greetings

FONA was recently awarded a Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program grant in excess of…

Fall Event Guide

Celebrate fall with us at the National Arboretum! We’re collaborating with lots of local partners…
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Legacy of Trees

Betty Brown Casey, a DC philanthropist who was the visionary and benefactor behind Casey Trees, passed…

Summer Impressions

Tickets and tables are selling quickly for our 26th Annual Dinner Under the Stars! Join us…

Happy Accidents

National Avocado Day was this past Sunday — but how did this popular fruit come…
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Summer Magic

Our garden team has harvested 2,760 pounds of produce from Washington Youth Garden so far this year! That’s…
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For the Love of Trees

Take a walk through plant evolution with Dr. Richard Olsen, Director of the National Arboretum,…

LGBTQ Legacies

J.C. Raulston not only founded the arboretum at North Carolina State University that now bears…

Celebrating Together

Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating Washington Youth Garden’s 50th anniversary last…
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Horticulture Corner

FONA is thrilled to congratulate Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young on her confirmation as Under Secretary of Agriculture…
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Summer Event Guide

Celebrate summer with us at the National Arboretum! We’re collaborating with lots of local partners…
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Branching Out

DC9 was officially named over Memorial Day weekend! The American Eagle Foundation held a poll with various…
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Big Plans on the Horizon

Washington Youth Garden has been in full swing this spring. Our one-acre demonstration garden on…
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Anniversaries & Awards

Just under a month to go until we celebrate Washington Youth Garden’s 50th anniversary with…

Eagles & The Anacostia

Last week, the bald eagle chick known as DC9 was brought down from its nest…
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Turtle Crossing

Thank you to everyone who attended our Garden Fair & Plant Sale this past Saturday!…

Azalea Adventures

Azalea peak bloom is almost here! We’re expecting the National Arboretum’s Azalea Collections to reach peak…

Running & Redbuds

The National Arboretum has updated its spring traffic plan to make the grounds more accessible…
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As Seen on TV

Dr. Richard T. Olsen, the National Arboretum’s Director, recently spoke with Fox 5 DC about…
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Garden Fair & Plant Sale Guide

FONA’s annual Garden Fair & Plant Sale returns Saturday, April 30th! We’ll keep sharing important…

Awakening Gardens

Garden field trips are back! We’re excited to welcome students and teachers back into Washington…

Spring Traffic Plan

The National Arboretum is implementing a temporary traffic plan to keep the grounds safe for…

Cherry Season

Friends of the National Arboretum turns 40 this week! For 4 decades, we have supported…

Spring Event Guide

Celebrate spring with us at the National Arboretum! We’re partnering with lots of local partners…

The Eagle Eggs Have Landed

Mr. President and LOTUS celebrated President’s Day weekend by laying two eggs! While the pair…

Seed Savers

“Heirloom seeds survive because of their flavor, [because] of their unique characteristics agronomically. But their…

Black Food Legacies

Edna Lewis was considered the Grande Dame of Southern cooking. Her work as a chef…

Wild & Wonderful Weddings

The U.S. National Arboretum was recently named a “2022 Best of Weddings” award winner by The…

Chesapeake Connections

A pair of beavers have built a lodge and two dams in Springhouse Run. Although…

Celebrating Trees

The R Street entrance will be closed from Tuesday, Jan. 18th through Thursday, Jan. 20th…

New Year, Who This?

Three long-serving staff members retired from the National Arboretum in 2021. We’d like to thank…

Season’s Tidings

2021 has been a year growth for FONA. We adapted many of our education programs…

Power of FONA

“The U.S. National Arboretum is no longer a ‘hidden gem’ in Washington, DC — it’s…

New Traditions

Thank you to everyone who came out this weekend and made our first Christmas Tree…

Tree Sale & Turkey Takeover

Visit the Procrastinator’s Holiday Market on Saturday, December 11th at the National Arboretum. This is held alongside…

Yuletide Yore

Before wreaths adorned doors and walls during the holidays, wreaths were originally hung as ornaments…

Indigenous Legacies

This Native American Heritage Month, explore DC’s Indigenous history. The Anacostia River that borders the…

Fresh Garden Wrap

Washington Youth Garden has grown and donated 5,700 pounds of fresh food this year to…

Finally Fall

Buy your Christmas tree this year at our Christmas Tree Sale & Holiday Market December…

We’ve Got a Winner!

Our Garden team has grown and donated 5,265 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables this year! This…

Building Community

Thank you to all who attended our FONA Fall Fest events! We greatly enjoyed sharing…

Outdoor Corner

We’re holding a Buy One Get One Bulb Sale this Saturday, October 9th from 8…

Botanical Legacies

Bulbs are planted in fall after the weather cools and before the ground freezes. Once…

Fall Festivities

Apply by October 4th to become FONA’s Director of Foundations and Government Relations. This person will…

Autumn at the Arboretum

The Arboretum is building a new rain garden this fall just inside the R Street…

Uncovering History

Only 30% of the streams that flowed through Washington, DC at the beginning of the…

Building Connections

How does the National Arboretum fit into a weekend of food, family, and fun in…

Garden Gratitude

We’ve harvested 3,650 pounds of fresh food from Washington Youth Garden so far this year —…

Crapemyrtle Craze

The Grass Roots Exhibit is getting a new look! There will be construction near the…

Busy Bees

Ashley Rattanawan joins FONA’s School Garden Support Program as a School Garden Education Coach. She got…

Tons of Growth

Richard Evans Schultes was a 20th century biologist who studied medicinal and toxic plants used…

Forest Gardens & Growth

Dig into the principles of forest gardening with Lincoln Smith, founder of Forested. Forest gardens are a…

Summer Fun

Our education program team was busy connecting with students virtually this spring. Already in 2021,…

Changemakers

Elke Mackenzie was a botanist and polar explorer who scoured arctic landscapes for lichen during…

Growing Strong

We’d like to introduce you to the newest member of our Washington Youth Garden team…

Bonsai are Back!

Starting June 1, 2021, the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum is officially open to the…

Citrus Wizard

The frost-tolerant Valencia oranges we know today were created in the early 20th century by…

At the Columns

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Capitol Columns was 35 years ago, on May 13, 1986.…

50 Years of WYG

Washington Youth Garden is turning 50! Since 1971, our garden has served thousands of students…

Garden Party

Join the garden party! From Friday, May 7th to Sunday, May 16th, the American Public Gardens…

Calling in the Experts

Get to the roots of organic lawn care with Mary Travaglini of the Montgomery County Department…

Azaleas Have Arrived!

Dr. Harlan Svoboda, curator of the National Arboretum’s Herbarium, reports the team’s progress on a major…

Botany & Blooms

Our Virtual Farm Field Trips make it easy to bring garden science into classrooms. We created 13…

Spring in Full Swing

Beginning Friday, April 9, the number of visitors and vehicles allowed on the National Arboretum…

Magnificent Magnolias

Exciting changes are coming to Washington Youth Garden! As WYG embarks on its 50th anniversary…

Cherry Central

Washington Youth Garden is honored to receive the American Horticultural Society’s Jane L. Taylor Award this year…

Herbs & Herbariums

Thank you to members of the Acorn Garden Club for helping construct nearly 1,000 Grow@Home kits this…

Spring in the City

We’re celebrating Women’s History Month! This week we honor the women who have paved the…

On the Horizon

As our gardens slowly wake up from their winter slumber, Xavier and Emilia of our…

Local Superstars

Roland M. Jefferson was the first Black botanist and plant explorer at the U.S. Department…

Botany Bonanza

Dr. Marie Clark Taylor was a botanist and teacher whose innovative teaching methods continue to…

Red Roses

Henry Kirklin was a former enslaved person who made waves with his gardening, horticulture, and…

Legacies and Looking Forward

George Washington Carver was a renowned Black agricultural scientist from the first half of the…

Tree Time

Did you know that, despite the pandemic, FONA hosted 12 weddings last year? We have already…

Winter Growth

Thank you to everyone who supported FONA in 2020. Whether you became a member for…

Our 2020 Impact

In 2020, FONA shifted its focus to grow and donate fresh produce, coordinate safe outdoor activities, and…

Holly-Days

The U.S. National Arboretum has one of the largest and oldest assemblages of cultivars of…

Evergreens

The Gotelli Conifer Collection in the Arboretum’s northeast corner is one of the world’s largest collections of dwarf conifers.Before you…

Winter Gems

We’re extremely honored Washington Youth Garden was recognized as one of Washingtonian Magazine’s “20 Worthy Local Charities That Would…

Giving Tuesday

This Giving Tuesday, we are raising money to build new raised beds in our Demonstration…

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Day! We acknowledge the Nacotchtank tribe …

Transforming Gardens

Last week, the U.S. Commission on Fine Arts approved a new design for the National Bonsai & Penjing…

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