N° 61 — July 14, 2021
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.
Digging In: Forest Gardens
Dig into the principles of forest gardening with Lincoln Smith, founder of Forested. Forest gardens are a form of permaculture that integrate edible trees and plants into landscapes. With a background in agronomic science and sustainable landscape design, Lincoln shares forest gardening fundamentals and examples from Forested and other projects.

Did you know FONA members get to participate in these events live as part of their member benefits? Become a member so you can dig in with the experts.

You can continue learning from Forested through volunteer days and upcoming events like a garden tour on August 7th or a permaculture design course starting August 28th.

Join our Team
We're looking for people to join our team! We are currently accepting applications for the following positions:


Our Garden Science school garden partnership program connects students from four local partner schools with garden science education and fresh food. During the 2020-21 school year, we:

  • taught 187 Garden Science lessons, 42 of which were in outdoor garden classrooms

  • hosted 51 school garden club events

  • shared fresh food grown in Washington Youth Garden with students' families through 50 free produce distributions
Teachers resonated with how our Garden Science program "made in-person learning feel a bit more like school in such a weird year." This year, our Program Manager Allie appreciated how excited both children and their families were to grow and cook their own food.

This program will look a bit different this coming school year. As we adapt our programs to help build more strong, sustainable school garden programs and reach more students, the Garden Science curriculum will now support the greater School Garden Support program.

(c) 2013 "A Tale of Samurai Cooking" Film Partners
Outdoor Events
Enjoy movies in the meadow this summer at the National Arboretum!

Join the Japan-America Society of Washington DC on Thursday, July 22nd at 9 PM for an outdoor screening of A Tale of Samurai Cooking: A True Love Story 武士の献立. This event is part of the Japan-America Society's Sakura Samurai summer movie series and is hosted in partnership with the Japan Foundation New York, FONA, and the National Bonsai Foundation. Early-bird tickets are $12 per person only until July 18th ($10 for FONA members).

Join the French Embassy on Wednesday, August 4th at 8:45 PM for a screening of Microcosmos, a stunning documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds. This event is part of the French Embassy's Films on the Green DC summer film festival, and is made possible in partnership with FONA, the National Gallery of Art, and TV5MONDE. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance.

Join us Saturday, October 9th for a fall 5K run through the grounds of the National Arboretum. Tickets are $30 (20% off for FONA members) and includes a complimentary neck gaiter designed just for this event. There's even a virtual 5K option so you can participate from wherever you are in the country.

Urban Agriculture Resilience Program
FONA, in partnership with the National Arboretum, recently received the Urban Agriculture Resilience Program Award from the U.S. Botanic Garden and American Public Gardens Association. This program supports our Washington Youth Garden in growing food for families in our community, as well as our Green Ambassador youth development program.

Photo from: Kendra Barat, NPS
From our Friends: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Across the Anacostia River from the Arboretum, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is coming alive with water lilies and lotus flowers. The National Park Service and Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens are hosting a Lotus and Water Lily Festival throughout July with a variety of virtual and in-person events, including extended hours on Friday evenings.

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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