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 August 19, 2021.

David Fairchild $50,000+

Robert and Kate Bartlett
Betty and Alex Boyle
Lynne H. Church

Azalea $25,000

Linda and John Derrick
John and Julie Hamre
Lynne and Joseph Horning
Lucy S. Rhame
Barbara and James Shea
Margaret Strand

Boxwood $10,000

John F. Cooney
Anne and Til Hazel
Colien Hefferan and Hollis Summers
Ken and Dorothy Woodcock

Magnolia $5,000

Luanne Adams and Murrell Smith
Marion S. Ballard
Louisa Copeland Duemling
Liz M. Dugan and Daniel Rotrosen
Charles and Linda Findlay
Liza and Andrew Labadie
Rafael V. Lopez and Linda I. Marks
Bill Matuszeski and Mary Procter
Mary Eugenia and Theodore Myer
Dede and Tim Petri
Nancy and Robert Shoemaker

Crapemyrtle $2,500

Barry L. Abel
Harold Belcher
Deborah E. Bowles and Derik Burgess
Mark Buscaino and Renuka Bery
Sally Donner and Kenneth Briers
Robin Langfan Hammer
Sherrill Houghton
Sheldon and Audrey Katz
Sukie Kuser
John and Jean Lange
Molly and Bill Morris
Shirley and Frank Nicolai
Catherine Casey Nottingham
John and Melissa Pflieger
Pamela Raymont-Simpson and Charles J. Simpson, Jr.
Vic Fazio and Kathy Sawyer
Liz Shriver and Jon Blake
Becky and Jerry Siegel
Beth Wehrle
Tuckie and Don Westfall
Ann Wrobleski and Phil Truluck

HOLLY $1,200

Bentley Andrews
Suzy Bakshian and Vinny Chiappinelli
Suzie and Rich Bissell
Wendy Blair
Stephanie Bothwell and James Warren
Nancy and John Bryson
Carol Cavanaugh
Laura and Guy Cecala
Jeanne Connelly and Marty Scherr
Mathilda M. Cox
Martha Van Dale
Cal and Linda Dooley
Gail Charnley Elliott
Joseph and Agatha Francis
Aravith Ganesan
Barbara W. Gould
Chandler Goule
William Greer
Frank Guzzetta and Paul Manville
Lindsay Shea Hardesty
Jennifer and Christopher Hatcher
Heidi Hatfield and Daniel Duff
Betsy and Bob Huffman
Jim Hughes
William Inglee and Jane Madden
Missy and Bill Janes
Virginia Kromm and Joe Shultz
Annetta H. Kushner
Grant Leslie and Sam Mitchell
Kevin and Marla McIntosh
Leslie McKay
Lynne F. Nelson
Heather Paradise
Jacqueline E. Pechmann
Ellen C. Petersen
Craven Rand
Karen Rand
Louis and Nancy Slade


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 Washington Youth 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 let us know if you would like to help with other events like our concerts and 5Ks.


We are not currently hiring. Please sign up for FONA Field Notes to learn about future employment opportunities.