FONA members enjoy exclusive benefits throughout the year. Join today to take advantage of these special offers and help us continue our work.

Questions about membership? Contact Claire at 202-918-1838 or


The David Fairchild Society is a community of supporters passionate about the National Arboretum’s gardens, plant research, education, and community engagement efforts. David Fairchild spent his life exploring the world, collecting plants, and sharing them throughout America and the world. He brought us many plants and foods that are staples in American culture, such as ornamental cherry trees and Meyer lemons. Join us as we embark on a bold and innovative future!

Contribute an annual gift to join the David Fairchild Society for a year at one of the following membership levels.



Honor loved ones or special occasions by donating a teak bench at the National Arboretum.  Each commemorative bench will have a plaque engraved with your message and will stand in a spot of your choosing for 15 years.

Past benches have been placed all over the Arboretum. Many are nestled in quiet nooks along streams, stand sentinel in the meadow with the Capitol Columns, and watch flowers bloom all across the Arboretum.

Half the revenue from your bench donations goes directly to the Director’s Fund which pays for some consultants, supplies and building maintenance that aren’t covered by the Arboretum’s federal budget.  Your donation of a commemorative bench is tax deductible.



Years ago, Rosalie Koch included FONA in her estate plans. Her legacy helped create the Flowering Tree Walk, an accessible path that wanders through the Arboretum’s Meadow and connects it to the Capitol Columns. Thanks to Rosalie’s gift, the Meadow is now available to everyone.
Include FONA in your estate plan and invest in the Arboretum’s future.
What will your legacy be?



Springhouse Run

Once a month from March through October, as we continue our work rehabilitating Springhouse Run, a newly restored urban stream and important Anacostia tributary. Help us plant and weed the banks of Springhouse Run. No experience needed! We will provide supplies and guidance. These events are on hold due to COVID-19.


For 3 hours a week from April through October, our volunteers help in our Demonstration Garden at the Arboretum. Our volunteers provide crucial help with gardening tasks such as weeding, planting, mulching, and pest control. You don’t need prior experience, but you must be willing to make friends with the soil and the bugs! Sign up for an orientation here.

Youth Education

We need volunteers who can support our SPROUT Field Trip program (week days) and our Family Garden Day programs (Saturdays). These programs bring over 4,000 students a year to the Arboretum for hands-on learning about healthy food and nature. Can you commit to 3 hours a week to lead children or families in garden activities? This program is on hold due to COVID-19.

Full Moon Experiences

Help with our Full Moon Hikes and Forest Bathing events by learning to lead the hikes through moonlit gardens, meadows, and woods. Not a public speaker? We also need volunteers to act as “tails” on these hikes and forest bathing walks. These events are on hold due to COVID-19.


Spend a day enjoying plants and people by volunteering to help with our annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale, or us know if you would like to help with other events like our concerts and 5ks. These events are on hold due to COVID-19.


We are looking a School Garden Education Coach to join our team.  Please see our listing on for more information.