N° 52 — May 5, 2021
Please enjoy our regular updates and insights from FONA, the U.S. National Arboretum, and our award-winning Washington Youth Garden.
The National Arboretum has implemented a new temporary traffic plan through mid-May to keep the grounds safe for drivers, walkers, and all visitors. Vehicles will enter the Arboretum only using the New York Avenue entrance (3501 New York Ave, NE) but may exit using either the New York Avenue or R Street gates.
Celebrating Gardens
Join the garden party! From Friday, May 7th to Sunday, May 16th, the American Public Gardens Association and member gardens and arboreta around the country are celebrating Go Public Garden Days.

Celebrate from home by attending the APGA's series of free virtual garden profiles during the evenings of May 7th to 14th. Hear presentations from top horticulturists — including the National Arboretum's own Bradley Evans — and virtually tour gardens around the country.

Explore the Smithsonian Gardens' timeline of American garden history and learn how public gardens, private estates, national preserves, botanic gardens, and arboreta have shaped our current understanding and appreciation for greenspace.

We're hiring! Are you an experienced educator passionate about helping others teach in their school gardens? Do you love supporting teachers, understand what it means to teach in a school garden, and can roll up your sleeves and get dirty as needed? 

Join our team — we are hiring a new School Garden Education Coach! Apply this week, applications close Saturday, May 8th.

World Bonsai Day
Celebrate World Bonsai Day virtually this Saturday, May 8th with the National Bonsai Foundation. Watch garden tours from bonsai collections around the world, play trivia, practice origami, and more!

2021 Dinner Under the Stars Cancelled
Although we have to cancel our 2021 Dinner Under the Stars due to COVID-19, stay tuned for other events and activities this year! Please email cathy@fona.org if you have any questions or concerns.

From our Friends:
Perennial Garden Club & Georgetown Garden Club
Native plants are critical to providing birds, insects, and pollinators vital habitat and sources of food. Many gardeners, though, may find it challenging to navigate the native plant world to find what is right for their garden. 
 
The Perennial Garden Club and Georgetown Garden Club, DC-based members of The Garden Club of America, teamed up to create Going Native. This booklet is a fantastic resource to help gardeners incorporate native plants into their garden. Beautifully designed with original artwork and photos by club members, it includes lists of natives by categories (shade, sun, etc.), garden plans, and resources for purchasing natives that grow well in the DC-Maryland region.

Email GoingNativePGC@gmail.com to learn more about receiving a copy of your own.

Funder Highlight
Friends of the National Arboretum sends gratitude to the International Paper Foundation for supporting our youth education programs and food growing operations at the Washington Youth Garden. Thank you, International Paper Foundation, for ensuring our community has fresh local food and youth-led internships in agriculture! 
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.
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