N° 197 — May 8, 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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Arboretum Job Openings

The National Arboretum is hiring two new Agricultural Science Research Technicians (ASRTs) at the GS 5 to 7 levels. These ASRTs will assist with the maintenance, development, and research relating to a variety of woody and herbaceous plants. The positions are located on the Arboretum's main campus in Washington, DC. Apply today! Applications close on Thursday, May 16th.

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Extended Evening Hours

Enjoy extended evening hours at the National Arboretum this Saturday, May 11th. Thanks to FONA, the entire grounds will remain open to the public until 8 PM, instead of closing at 5 PM.

This is completely free for all to enjoy! Registration is not required, but sign up on Eventbrite to receive important weather-related event updates.

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FONA is working to offer more extended evening hour opportunities, particularly during the summer. We hope to have more information soon, but we also want to hear from you!

What days of the week would you like to see extended evening hours? Multiple votes are allowed.

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.

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Bonsai Documentary

Tune into Maryland Public Television this Saturday, May 11th at 7 PM to watch a special documentary about bonsai. Bicentennial Bonsai: Emissaries of Peace chronicles the historic gift from Japan of 53 bonsai trees to the United States in celebration of its bicentennial. These trees now live in the Arboretum's National Bonsai & Penjing Museum.

Paul Awad and Kathryn O'Sullivan are a husband-and-wife filmmaking team based in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. They traveled to Japan with Arboretum curator Kathleen Emerson-Dell to interview bonsai professionals who were associated with the bonsai before they came to the U.S. National Arboretum in 1975.

From our Friends: Herb Society of America

Members of the Herb Society of America's Mid-Atlantic units will host an Under the Arbor event in the National Herb Garden on Saturday, May 18th from 1 PM to 4 PM. Members will highlight herbs associated with Greek mythology, the theme of this year's entrance display in the National Herb Garden.

This is a free, informal, drop-in educational program that is open to the public.

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Upcoming FONA 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

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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 with activities, face painting, food trucks, & more

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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

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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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