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 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 April 5, 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
Elizabeth M. Dugan
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

Nancy and John Bryson
Bonnie and Louis Cohen
John F. Cooney
Louisa Copeland Duemling
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
Peter and Jainel Morris
Catherine and Chip 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
Anne and Til Hazel
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
Laura and Guy Cecala
Martha Van Dale
Gail Charnley Elliott
Diana Ferris
Joseph and Agatha Francis
Barbara W. Gould
Chandler Goule
Bean Granger
William Greer
Frank Guzzetta and Paul Manville
Robin Langfan 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
Jean and John Lange
Amanda Leiter and Sambhav Sankar
John C. MacMillan, Jr. and Emily Stopa
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
Barbara Pierson
David Pierson
Joanna Pierson
Barbara Price
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
Robert and Ann Thompson
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 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

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.


Volunteers help in our Washington Youth Garden at the Arboretum for 3 hours a week from April through October. 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 to volunteer today.


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.


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.