N° 196 — May 1, 2024

Enjoy regular updates and insights from FONA, the U.S. National Arboretum, and our award-winning Washington Youth Garden.

The National Arboretum's temporary spring traffic plan is in effect through mid-May. This impacts traffic flow and parking throughout the grounds.

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Weekend Wrap-Up

Thank you to everyone who attended the Garden Fair & Plant Sale this past weekend! We greatly appreciate everyone who came out to support FONA, local vendors, and the National Arboretum.

The Garden Fair is our largest seasonal festival of the year and is a major fundraiser for FONA. Proceeds from this event allow FONA to support and advocate for the National Arboretum, provide youth and adult programs, and build partnerships within the community. Thank you for supporting FONA and being a part of our community.

Please fill out our event survey if you attended the Garden Fair & Plant Sale. We want to continue to improve this event and appreciate all the feedback you can provide.

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We also want to thank all of the incredible volunteers who made the Garden Fair possible. Many of these volunteers have spent months preparing for this event. The Garden Fair would not be possible without their dedication and hard work. Thank you, volunteers!

Arboretum Spotlight: Max Fedeli

The Arboretum's Azalea Collections draw tens of thousands of visitors to the grounds each year. But have you ever wondered what it takes to manage the collections?

Max Fedeli is the Agriculture Science and Research Technician who manages the Azalea Collections. We sat down with Max last year to learn what it takes to care for the collection and shine a light on his work and career.

Read the Arbor Friends Article >

Bonsai Festival

The Potomac Bonsai Association (PBA) and the National Arboretum is honoring World Bonsai Day on May 11th with a weekend festival celebrating the art of bonsai.

The festival will take place from Friday, May 10th through Sunday, May 12th. A juried exhibit of PBA bonsai will be on view in the Bonsai & Penjing Museum's Exhibits Gallery. There will also be vendors selling bonsai, pre-bonsai, pots, accents, and supplies. The weekend includes free demonstrations, children's activities, and docent-led tours of the Museum. Food trucks will also be at the festival Saturday and Sunday.

Beginner bonsai workshops will be offered throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. Registration costs $75, and includes supplies.

Festival Details & Workshop Registration >

Music in the Meadow

Don't forget to buy your tickets for our Music in the Meadow concert with Cumbia Heights on Friday, May 17th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Enjoy a picnic in the Ellipse Meadow while listening and dancing to alt-tropical music!

Please pay what you can to attend this event. Our suggested ticket price is $25 (or $20 for FONA members). Children 12 and under are free, but tickets are required.

Registration is required to enter the grounds on May 17th, and a limited number of tickets are available. Only the Ellipse Meadow and the National Herb Garden will be open to attendees.

Concert Details & Tickets >

Upcoming Events

Fishing Night

May 11, 4 PM - 7 PM

Free fishing along the Anacostia

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Extended Hours

May 11, 5 PM - 8 PM

Arboretum grounds stay open to the public

Details & Registration >

Music in the Meadow: Cumbia Heights

May 17, 7 PM - 8:30 PM

Evening concert with alt-tropical vibes

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Grow the Garden Party

June 8, 11 AM - 1 PM

Celebrating the expansion of WYG

Save the date — details to come

Music in the Meadow: Wylder

June 8, 7 PM - 8:30 PM

Evening concert with modern folk vibes

Save the date — details to come

Forest Bathing Walks

Various dates and times

Meditation and mindfulness

Upcoming Dates & Registration >

The Arboretum is open every day from 8 AM to 5 PM except December 25th.

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FONA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization with the mission to preserve and enhance a vibrant public space and support experiential programming that instills a love of plants, nature and the outdoors in all who visit, while promoting the overarching research and education mission of the U.S. National Arboretum.

Since its inception, FONA has helped support the Washington Youth Garden, Capitol Columns, Flowering Tree Walk, horticultural and research internships, restoration of Springhouse Run, and much more.

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