FONA FIELD NOTES

Please enjoy our regular updates and insights from FONA, the U.S. National Arboretum, and our award-winning Washington Youth Garden.

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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