FONA members enjoy exclusive benefits throughout the year.

During the past 10 years through the ongoing support of our loyal membership base, we have been able to hold our membership dues flat while strengthening the ways in which FONA supports the National Arboretum and our community through programs, events, and partnerships. With the rising costs we are all facing each day, we are at the point where we must increase our membership dues to cover these costs.

We are so grateful to you, our members, who make all of our work possible. 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


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 September 6, 2022.

David Fairchild $50,000+

Robert and Kate Bartlett
John and Julie Hamre

Azalea $25,000

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

Boxwood $10,000

Colien Hefferan and Hollis Summers
Barbara and James Shea
Margaret Strand
Ken and Dorothy Woodcock
Helena Zinkham

Magnolia $5,000

Bonnie and Louis Cohen
John F. Cooney
Denis Crane
Louisa Copeland Duemling
Elizabeth M. Dugan
Clara Elias and Justin Thorpe
Michael and Kathryn Hanley
Lynne and Joseph Horning
Liza and Andrew Labadie
Rafael V. Lopez and Linda I. Marks
Laura Mansilla and Asa Harrington
Bill Matuszeski and Mary Procter
Eric A. Michael and Craig Kruger
Peter and Jainel Morris
Catherine Casey Nottingham
Carey Paquette
Dede and Tim Petri
Robert and Nancy Shoemaker
Beth Wehrle

Crapemyrtle $2,500

Barry L. Abel
Harold Belcher
Sally Donner and Kenneth Briers
Charles and Linda Findlay
Sherrill Houghton
Sheldon and Audrey Katz
Anne MacMillan and Tim Bass
Kevin and Marla McIntosh
Tuuli Mooney-Schindler
Jacqueline E. Pechmann
Ellen C. Petersen
Craven Rand
Jeffrey K. Stine and Marcel C. LaFollette

Holly $1,200

Bentley Andrews
Suzy Bakshian and Vinny Chiappinelli
Marion S. Ballard
Suzie and Rich Bissell
Wendy Blair
Deborah E. Bowles and Derik Burgess
Michael and Samantha Brickman
Nancy and John Bryson
Laura and Guy Cecala
Martha Van Dale
Diana Ferris
Joseph and Agatha Francis
Barbara W. Gould
Chandler Goule
Bean Granger
Frank Guzzetta and Paul Manville
Robin and Jay Hammer
Lindsay Shea Hardesty
Corbin C. Harwood
Jennifer and Christopher Hatcher
Gene Hix
James Hughes
William Inglee and Jane Madden
Virginia Kromm and Joe Shultz
Jack Krumholtz
Annetta H. Kushner
John and Jean Lange
Amanda Leiter and Sambhav Sankar
Jennifer Levin
Sara Mills Mazie
Kathleen McNamara
Anita Menghetti
Mollitor Family
Pamela and Byrne Murphy
Mary Eugenia and Theodore Myer
Shirley and Frank Nicolai
Kat and Andrew Norris
Elizabeth L. Nottingham
Heather Paradise
John and Melissa Pflieger
Karen Rand
Pamela Raymont-Simpson and Charles J. Simpson, Jr.
Bob Schramm and Nancy Williams
Liz Shriver and Jon Blake
Louis and Nancy Slade
Kimberly and John Snedden
Michael G. Stevens
Emily Stopa and John C. MacMillan, Jr.
Robert and Ann Thompson
John and Val Wheeler
Elsa B. Williams


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 azalea collection



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. Make your legacy part of the future of the U.S. National Arboretum. 

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. See our suggested bequest language. Please contact us at with questions or to learn about other legacy gift options.

Thank you for considering a legacy gift to Friends of the National Arboretum! Once you have established your plans, please contact our office ( or Cathy Kerkam ( to let us know of your plans so that we may thank you and include you as a member of our Heritage Society. Have you already listed FONA in your will? Let us know — we would love to thank you and include you in FONA’s Heritage Society.

With appreciation to those who have generously supported FONA through estate gifts:

Harold Belcher
Lynne H. Church
John F. Cooney

Robert C. Daniels, Jr. & Richard R. Beman, Jr.
Ann Fessenden Clymer
Dorothy Kidder
Herman W. Koch & Rosalie Martin Koch

Frederick G. Meyer
Edith N. K. Meyer Trust
Michael G. Stevens


Springhouse Run

Help keep the restored Springhouse Run stream healthy by pulling invasive vines and weeds and planting along the bank. No experience needed! We will provide supplies and guidance. See our calendar for available dates and times.


Individual, group, and youth volunteers provide crucial help with gardening tasks such as weeding, planting, mulching, and pest control from April through mid-November. You don’t need prior experience, but you must be willing to make friends with the soil and the bugs! See our garden page to learn more.


Spend a day enjoying plants and people by volunteering to help with our annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale, or let us know if you would like to help with other events like our concerts and 5Ks. Sign up to volunteer today.


Check out our Jobs page to see if we’re hiring. Sign up for FONA Field Notes to be the first to know about future employment opportunities.


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