N° 54 — May 19, 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 resumed its normal traffic plan 5/17/21.
From the Archives
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Capitol Columns was 35 years ago, on May 13, 1986.

From footage in our records, here's a video clip of then-Vice President Bush's speech where he recognized Ethel Garrett as the moving force behind the relocation of the columns.

The speaker at the groundbreaking ceremony was the Vice President at the time, George H. W. Bush.
Music Video
The Capitol Hearings, an a capella group in DC, filmed part of their recent "And the Phoenix" music video at the Arboretum. They aim to "highlight the solace that so many have found in nature, including the Arboretum." The appearance of a rainbow was fortuitous.

Arboretum Traffic Update
The National Arboretum lifted the seasonal traffic restrictions this past Monday, May 17th. All roads and gates are now operating as normal. The R Street gate does not admit vehicles after 2pm (Monday-Friday).

Thank you for helping the Arboretum manage the high volume of visitors this spring. Your cooperation was greatly appreciated.
We have resumed free produce distributions at two of our Garden Science partner schools. It takes a lot of logistical coordination -- and moderate lifting! All worth it to provide fresh produce harvested right out of the garden to our school communities. This spring we are distributing free produce at KIPP Webb campus (1375 Mount Olivet NE - Spring academy entrance) and Friendship Armstrong (1400 1st St NW - in front of the garden in the parking lot) every Friday, 2:30-4:30pm, until the school year ends.

Cooking greens, carrots, and onions have been a hit these first two weeks, as well as parsley, marigold, and tomato seedlings. 
Share Your WYG Stories
What does Washington Youth Garden mean to you? We want to hear from you!

Help us celebrate our 50th birthday by sharing a story or sentiment that highlights your experience with Washington Youth Garden. Write your story, share your photos, or upload a short video answering this question and wishing Washington Youth Garden a happy birthday — we might feature your message in our birthday video!

Pollinator Party
In honor of Endangered Species Day, the Endangered Species Coalition invites you to get outside and identify pollinators and native plants with iNaturalist as part of their virtual Pollinator Party on Saturday, May 22nd.

Spring in the City
Look for peonies planted around in the Perennial Garden and Asian Collection.

The American Peony Society has resources to learn more about growing peonies.

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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