N° 44 — March 9, 2021
Please enjoy our regular updates and insights from FONA, the U.S. National Arboretum, and our award-winning Washington Youth Garden.
Breaking Ground
We're celebrating Women's History Month! This week we honor the women who have paved the way in botany and public horticulture throughout our history.

From the traditional ecological knowledge Indigenous women have cultivated and preserved for generations, to the historical role garden clubs have played in women's civil rights, to the essential contributions of Black women in American botany and conservation — women have played an essential role in shaping horticulture. This article from the National Wildlife Foundation walks you through this history and introduces you to these women pioneers.

Nature Connections
Soak in spring this month with a morning of guided meditation in flowering collections. Join FONA for one of our Forest Bathing walks this March:
  • Saturday, March 13: 9 - 11 AM
  • Sunday, March 14: 10 AM - 12 PM
  • Saturday, March 20: 9 - 11 AM
  • Sunday, March 21: 9 - 11 AM

Tickets are $35 ($28 for FONA members). We've even got a special raffle just for our March forest bathing participants!

From our Friends: Holden Arboretum
Join the Holden Arboretum tomorrow evening for the next installment of their Growing Black Roots virtual lecture series. Every month, this series dives into the historical legacy of Black botanists from a broad range of botanical disciplines and highlights pathways towards diversity and inclusion in botanical sciences.

This Wednesday, March 10th at 7PM, Dr. Beronda Montgomery from Michigan State University will share her path in plant biology, the key points that have furthered her research of plant photobiology, and opportunities to learn new skills and engage in mentoring and leadership.

Dr. Beronda Montgomery, a Foundation Professor at Michigan State University, will discuss the planning, strategy, and intentionality required to cultivate a career in plant biology. Photo from: Holden Arboretum
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Spring in the City
Flowering apricot blossoms are bringing the sweet scent of spring to the National Arboretum! These blossoms appear in late winter and early spring and precede cherry blossoms.

How can you tell the difference between the two species? Apricot blossoms have rounded petals and a heady scent, while cherry blossoms have spiky ends and a more delicate fragrance.

Want to find these blossoming beauties at the Arboretum this week? Use the Arboretum's App for iOS or for Google Play!
Looking for blooms closer to home this spring? DC has an incredible diversity of flowering trees — and Casey Trees has mapped them all! Check out their interactive Flowering Tree Map and enjoy the flowering trees your local neighborhood has to offer.

The Arboretum is open every day from 8 AM - 5 PM except December 25th. Some buildings and collections remain closed to ensure visitor and staff safety.