N° 113 — August 31, 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.

Fall Happenings

Celebrate fall with us at the National Arboretum! We're collaborating with lots of local partners to host exciting activities and events this season, including:

Fall into School Gardening

Saturday, September 10 | 11 AM - 12 PM

Educators, jump start your school garden's fall growing season with supplies and knowledge from Washington Youth Garden. Get free garden supplies such as compost and seedlings, attend a short garden training, and network with fellow educators. Please register to let us know you're coming.

Details & Registration >

Photo by Plume Photography

Dinner Under the Stars

Tuesday, September 20 | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Spend a wonderful fall evening with colleagues, business leaders, and government representatives in the Arboretum's Ellipse Meadow. Tickets and tables for the seated dinner are sold out, but cocktail hour tickets are still available.

Cocktail Hour Ticket Details >

Fall Festival & Bulb Sale

Saturday, October 1 | 10 AM - 2 PM

Buy bags of both favorite and unusual flower bulbs, enjoy family-friendly activities, and visit with local vendors. See the bulb sale list and discover what varieties we'll have for sale. Registration is preferred but not required — let us know you're coming.

We'll also have family-focused activities during the Fall Festival hosted by DC Child Care Connections. Activities will include a raptor demonstration with Rodney Stotts, printmaking, face painting, storytelling, art activities, music, makers space, and more! Space is limited for these activities — the registration link for these activities is coming soon.

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Garlic Planting Party

Saturday, October 29 | 11 AM - 2 PM

Celebrate the end of the growing season in Washington Youth Garden. We'll plant garlic, harvest vegetables, play games, taste food, and more! Please register to let us know you're coming.

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Fall 5K

Saturday, November 12 | 9 AM

Enjoy the Arboretum's fall colors while running or walking the course. Strollers and dogs are allowed, but dogs must stay on a five-foot non-retractable leash. Register by October 16th to receive early-bird pricing ($40) and a race shirt. Standard registration after October 17th increases to $50 and does not include a shirt. Registration is required for this event.

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Procrastinator's Holiday Market & Tree Sale

Saturday, December 10 | 9 AM - 4 PM

Have a hassle-free holidays and get all your shopping done in one place. Shop from local vendors, buy Christmas trees and holiday greenery, and have fun with the family. Registration is preferred but not required — let us know you're coming.

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Sundays September through October | 10 AM

Find your flow and get grounded in the grove with Bluebird Sky Yoga. All levels are welcome. Registration is required for these events.

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Forest Bathing Walks

September to December | Various dates & times

Let us guide you in disconnecting from the digital world and reconnecting with nature during this mindfulness experience. Walks are held throughout the fall, including on Indigenous People's Day, Halloween, and New Year's Eve. Registration is required for these events.

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FONA members, don't forget to use your discount codes for 20% off when registering for the Fall 5K and yoga sessions.

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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Friends of the National Arboretum
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Washington, DC 20002
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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