N° 81 — December 22, 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.
Thank you to our FONA members — you make our work possible!
Your membership helps us connect people to plants through our education programs, recreation programs, and events. Together, we've done some remarkable things this year for the Arboretum and our DC community.

There's still time to support FONA or become a member before the end of the year.
The Power of FONA
"The U.S. National Arboretum is no longer a 'hidden gem' in Washington, DC — it’s a crowning jewel."

FONA's Executive Director and the Director of the U.S. National Arboretum both agree this has been a tremendous year for the National Arboretum. Over 700,000 visitors came to the Arboretum, and FONA helped the USNA ensure the grounds were open and safe for each and every one of them. We also adapted and expanded our programs meet our community's needs and connect more people to nature.

Check out our new 2021 End of Year Report and see the effect of FONA for yourself.

Arboretum Adventures
The Arboretum is open every day from 8 AM to 5 PM except December 25thThe National Bonsai & Penjing Museum will be closed Friday, December 24th and Friday, December 31st.

Download the Arboretum's mobile app to discover something new during your visit to the National Arboretum. This app features seasonal highlights, self-guided tours, and a map of all the plants in the Arboretum.

Download the Arboretum's mobile app for iOS or Android platforms.
Many camellias in the Asian Collections are in full bloom right now.
This video was produced in partnership with DCTV.
One of our major projects this year at Washington Youth Garden was adapting our School Garden Support Programs. The new format allows us to connect more deeply with DC teachers and students and build strong, sustainable school garden programs throughout DC.

Hear what this change means for some of the teachers we work with.

From the Field: Gotelli Conifer Collection
Have you spotted a witch's broom in the National Arboretum yet? Witch's brooms are genetic mutations in plants that result in densely-packed growth. They were once believed to be where witches rested since they're often found high in trees.

While witch's brooms are found throughout the National Arboretum, the most prominent one is found in the Gotelli Conifer Collection.

Ways to Support
Government employees can support FONA by donating through the Combined Federal Campaign. Federal civilian, postal, and military members have until January 15, 2022 to pledge their support for the 2021 campaign. FONA's CFC number is 81610.

From our Friends: U.S. Botanic Garden
The U.S. Botanic Garden's holiday display features an outdoor train running through agricultural scenes made from plant parts. There are also window displays featuring DC landmarks, buildings, and poinsettias.

These displays are free and open every day except December 25th from 10 AM - 5 PM through January 2nd.

Photo from U.S. Botanic Garden
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