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 February 1, 2023.

David Fairchild $50,000+

Robert and Kate Bartlett

Azalea $25,000

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

Boxwood $10,000

Louisa Copeland Duemling
Elizabeth M. Dugan
Colien Hefferan and Hollis Summers
Barbara and James Shea
Margaret Strand
Tara Varghese
Tuckie and Don Westfall
Ken and Dorothy Woodcock

Magnolia $5,000

Luanne Adams and Murrell Smith
Bonnie and Louis Cohen
Denis Crane
Karen and Dan DuVal
Kathryn and Michael 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 Michael and Craig Kruger
Tuuli Mooney-Schindler
Peter and Jainel Morris
Catherine Casey Nottingham
Nancy and Robert Shoemaker
Justin Thorpe and Clara Elias
Beth Wehrle

Crapemyrtle $2,500

Barry L. Abel
Harold Belcher
Deborah E. Bowles and Derik Burgess
John F. Cooney
Sally Donner and Kenneth Briers
Charles and Linda Findlay
Frank Guzzetta and Paul Manville
Jennifer and Christopher Hatcher
Sheldon and Audrey Katz
John and Jean Lange
Anne MacMillan and Tim Bass
Kevin and Marla McIntosh
Anita Menghetti
Jacqueline E. Pechmann
John and Melissa Pflieger
Craven Rand
Michael G. Stevens
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
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
Robin and Jay Hammer
Lindsay Shea Hardesty
Corbin C. Harwood
Sandy Hecker
Sherrill Houghton
Betsy and Bob Huffman
William Inglee and Jane Madden
Virginia Kromm and Joe Shultz
Annetta H. Kushner
Jennifer Levin
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
Kat and Andrew Norris
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.



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 February 1, 2023.

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

Ann Fessenden Clymer
Frances Duttkin
Edith N. K. Meyer Trust

Dorothy Kidder
Herman W. Koch and Rosalie Martin Koch
Frederick G. Meyer

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

Harold Belcher
Daragh Cassidy
Lynne H. Church
John F. Cooney
Robert C. Daniels, Jr. and Richard R. Beman, Jr.
Judith A. Hecht
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.


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