N° 108 — July 13, 2022
Stay in touch as we celebrate Washington Youth Garden's 50th anniversary. Enjoy our updates and insights from FONA, the U.S. National Arboretum, and WYG.
Ancient Plants
Take a walk through plant evolution with Dr. Richard Olsen, Director of the National Arboretum, in a recent GardenDC podcast episode.

Dr. Olsen discusses the evolutionary history of ancient plants like cycads, conifers, waterlilies, and more. He also shares how ancient plants fit into home gardens and where you can find them at the U.S. National Arboretum.

Rediscovered Species
A team of researchers led by the U.S. Botanic Garden and The Morton Arboretum recently found a single oak tree from a species considered extinct for the last decade.

This single specimen of Quercus tardifolia was found in the Chisos Mountains of Big Bend National Park in Texas. This species is considered one of the rarest oak species in the world.
The team of researchers stands with Quercus tardifolia. Photo from U.S. Botanic Gardens
A researcher inspecting the leaves of Quercus tardifolia. Photo from Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory and Arboretum
Conserving Q. tardifolia and other oak species is crucial to protecting ecosystems. According to Dr. Murphy Westwood, VP of Science and Conservation at The Morton Arboretum, "oaks serve as an ecological anchor, cleaning air, filtering water, sequestering carbon dioxide, and supporting countless fungi, insects, birds, and mammals" across the planet.

The Farm Crew of our Green Ambassador Program is off to a great start! The 12 young adults and three returning Crew Leaders in this year's program are almost halfway through the six-week summer internship.

The group has been busy getting to know one another, learning how to maintain a garden, and cooking with food they harvest from Washington Youth Garden. They also got to tour the Arboretum with some of the curators. Participants are experiencing another side of horticulture and garden maintenance beyond WYG by helping in collections.
Thank you to the National Arboretum for supporting our Green Ambassadors by sharing time, knowledge, and resources with our Farm Crew. We are also grateful for our continued partnership with the DC Summer Youth Employment Program and the DCPS Career Ready Internship initiative to make this program possible.
Eagle Update
Takoda is growing up so fast! Now that he has fledged, he is spending the summer learning from Mr. President and LOTUS how to fly and hunt. This period of time is essentially Takoda's "teenager" phase before he sets out on his own this fall and winter.

Photo from U.S. National Arboretum and American Eagle Foundation
Upcoming Events
Movie in the Meadow: Calamity
July 13, 9 PM - 10:30 PM
Free outdoor movie with the French Embassy

U.S. Navy Band Concert
August 10, 7 PM - 8:30 PM
Free outdoor concert in the Meadow

Dinner Under the Stars
September 20, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Cocktails and dinner in the Meadow

Fall Festival & Bulb Sale
October 1, 10 AM - 2 PM
Unique bulbs and family activities
Save the date — more details coming soon!
Garlic Planting Party
October 29
Fall planting and crafts in WYG
Save the date — more details coming soon!

Fall 5K
November 12, 9 AM
Run or walk through stunning fall foliage

Procrastinator's Holiday Market & Tree Sale
December 10, 9 AM - 4 PM
Shop local vendors and holiday greenery
Save the date — more details coming soon!

Yoga
Sundays this summer, 10 AM - 11 AM
Find your flow with Bluebird Sky Yoga

Forest Bathing
Various dates and times
Meditation and mindfulness
The Arboretum is open every day from 8 AM to 5 PM except December 25th. Some buildings and collections remain closed to ensure visitor and staff safety.
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