Members enjoy exclusive benefits throughout the year, but more importantly, members champion FONA and the Arboretum. 

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

fall 5k participants
garden fair and plant sale attendees with cart full of plants
David Fairchild Society members at an evening event in the washington youth garden
dinner under the stars attendees posing with drinks


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.

Questions about the David Fairchild Society? Contact Claire Alrich at 202-918-1868 or

Donor list as of June 30, 2023.

David Fairchild $50,000+

Robert and Kate Bartlett

Azalea $25,000

Betty and Alex Boyle
Lynne H. Church
Linda and John Derrick
Lucy S. Rhame

Boxwood $10,000

Louisa Copeland Duemling
Elizabeth M. Dugan
Colien Hefferan and Hollis Summers
Eric Michael and Craig Kruger
Barbara and James Shea
Margaret Strand
Tara Varghese
Amy A. Titus
Tuckie and Don Westfall
Ken and Dorothy Woodcock

Magnolia $5,000

Luanne Adams and Murrell Smith
Karen and Dan DuVal
Miriam Gitler
Kathryn and Michael Hanley
Lynne and Joseph Horning
Liza and Andrew Labadie
Rafael V. Lopez and Linda I. Marks
Bill Matuszeski and Mary Procter
Tuuli Mooney-Schindler
Peter and Jainel Morris
Nancy and Robert Shoemaker
Beth Wehrle

Crapemyrtle $2,500

Barry L. Abel
Harold Belcher
Deborah E. Bowles and Derik Burgess
Bonnie and Louis Cohen
John F. Cooney
Sally Donner and Kenneth Briers
Charles and Linda Findlay
Frank Guzzetta and Paul Manville
Sheldon and Audrey Katz
Marcel C. LaFollette and Jeffrey K. Stine
John and Jean Lange
Anne MacMillan and Tim Bass
Kevin and Marla McIntosh
Anita Menghetti
Catherine Casey Nottingham
Jacqueline E. Pechmann
John and Melissa Pflieger
Craven Rand
Lauren Richardson
Michael G. Stevens

Holly $1,200

Bentley Andrews
Suzy Bakshian and Vinny Chiappinelli
Marion S. Ballard
Suzie and Rich Bissell
Wendy Blair
Nancy and John Bryson
Laura and Guy Cecala
Diana Clagett
Eli Cohen
Jeanne Connelly and Marty Scherr
Martha Van Dale
Valerie Eisenberg
Gail Charnley Elliott
Leanna and Thomas Fenske
Joseph and Agatha Francis
Madeleine Golde and Norman Oslik
Barbara W. Gould
Chandler Goule
Bean Granger
C. A. Greene
Lindsay Shea Hardesty
Corbin C. Harwood
Jennifer and Christopher Hatcher
Sandy Hecker
Sherrill Houghton
Betsy and Bob Huffman
James Hughes
William Inglee and Jane Madden
Virginia Kromm and Joe Shultz
Annetta H. Kushner
John C. MacMillan, Jr. and Emily Stopa
Sara Mills Mazie
Leslie McKay
David and Rose Mollitor
Mary Eugenia and Theodore Myer
Georgia Chafee Nassikas
Shirley and Frank Nicolai
Elizabeth L. Nottingham
Maureen Orth
Heather Paradise
Natalia Petrie
Karen Rand
Pamela Raymont-Simpson and Charles J. Simpson, Jr.
Bill and Donna Roberts
June Rowe
Kathy Sawyer
Liz Shriver and Jon Blake
Louis and Nancy Slade
Kimberly and John Snedden
Luise Strauss
Edward Szrom and John Geiger
Allison Taylor and Ryan Mukherjee
Robert and Ann Thompson
Jay and Jamie Vroom
John and Val Wheeler
Elsa B. Williams
Helena Zinkham


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 remain 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.

This memorial not only provides a beautiful spot for respite and relaxation for visitors to the National Arboretum, but also supports the Arboretum’s public gardens and scientific work. Your donation of a commemorative bench is tax deductible.

bench in the azalea collections, surrounded by blooming azaleas


visitors eating a picnic in front of the capitol columns
Dinner Under the Stars attendees in the ellipse meadow


Make your legacy part of the future of the U.S. National Arboretum! Making a planned gift is a wonderful way to show your support and appreciation for Friends of the National Arboretum and its mission while accommodating your own personal, financial, estate-planning, and philanthropic goals. 

While we encourage you to check with your financial advisor, there are multiple ways to make a legacy gift, including making FONA a beneficiary of a retirement account, life insurance policy, will, or living trust.


To help you get started on your plans and legacy, FONA has partnered with FreeWill, an online tool that guides you through the process of creating a legally valid will or trust. It’s easy to use, accessible online and can be completed in 20 minutes. You can use this resource on its own, or use it to document your wishes before finalizing your plans with an attorney. FreeWill is a free tool for you to use, regardless of whether you include FONA in your will or not. 

Heritage Society

When you include FONA as a beneficiary of your will, you become a member of FONA’s Heritage Society, a group of like-minded individuals invested in the future of the Arboretum. Heritage Society members are recognized for their forward-thinking generosity and included in a number of special events throughout the year. 

Have you already included a gift in your will or trust? Please fill out this form to let us know! We would love to thank you for your generosity and include you in our Heritage Society. Contact us at with questions.

Supporter list as of December 31, 2023.

With appreciation to those who have made a provision in their estate planning for FONA:

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Harold Belcher
Daragh Cassidy
Regina Chua
Lynne H. Church
Ann Fessenden Clymer†
John F. Cooney
Robert C. Daniels, Jr. & Richard R. Beman, Jr.
Frances Duttkin†
Edith N. K. Meyer†
Judith A. Hecht
Mandy Hursen
Dorothy Kidder†
Herman W. Koch & Rosalie Martin Koch†
Frederick G. Meyer†
Susan H. Robeson†
Michael G. Stevens



Volunteers provide crucial support throughout the year to FONA’s events and programs. We have many different opportunities, from gardening in Washington Youth Garden, to helping with our annual Garden Fair & Plant Sale, to supporting other public community events.

usna staff and springhouse run volunteer clearing invasive plants
xavier harvests asparagus from the washington youth garden
volunteers at the garden fair and plant sale


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