Friends of the National Arboretum Plant Sale April 26-27


From an email:

FRIDAY, APRIL 26 (10am – 1pm Members Only, 1pm – 4pm Open to the Public)
SATURDAY, APRIL 27 (9am – 4pm Open to the Public)

Friends of the National Arboretum Annual Garden Fair & Plant Sale

There is no better way to kick-off the gardening season this spring than attending the Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA)’s Annual Garden Fair, April 26-27 at the National Arboretum. Held in conjunction with Arbor Day, FONA’s plant sale and garden fair is continually recognized for its premier selection of new, rare and exotic plants that are best suited for growing in the Washington, D.C. area.

Whether you are a seasoned gardener, a plant novice or just looking to spruce up your apartment balcony, each year, the National Arboretum’s top plant experts are on site to provide skilled advice and ensure customers walk away with the plants best suited for their individual gardening interests.

FONA’s garden fair is more than just a plant sale – stop by to catch a performance by the Washington Revels or nibble from an array of popular D.C. food trucks. Plus, FONA Books will be offering an extensive selection of gently used gardening and horticulture books at thrifty prices.

Also, don’t forget to wander into the heart of the Arboretum to catch a glimpse of the stunning collection of seasonal plants in full bloom including the Azalea Collection. The D.C. Department of the Environment (DCDOE) will also have a booth at the Garden Fair to showcase Riversmart, a new initiative that provides grants to DC homeowners, businesses and churches for green infrastructure.

The Garden Fair is on the grounds of the National Arboretum, 3501 New York Avenue NE. For more information or to become a member, visit

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  • The Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild is having their plant sale this Saturday and Sunday too! Nearby – you can make it a plant sale two-fer. I bought a camellia there a couple years ago.

  • This weekend is also the plant sale at the Franciscan monastery. I’m going to have to try to hit both.

  • Anyone know where to buy cedar wood (2×6) for making a raised garden bed? I assume Home Depot or the local Ace stores do not carry them….

    • if you can’t find cedar… pressure treated lumber has gotten better in the last several years… the chemicals they now use are safer if you are planning on putting veges in it.

    • you could try Galliher & Huguely at S. Dakota Ave. If you call they may have what you’re looking for. 202-732-1000.

      • Definitely Galliher and Huguely. I’ve not encountered cedar boards at the DC Home Depot and have asked. They do have cedar bed kits, but you have to go with whatever size they are (and way more $$$ than building your own). G&H will get it for you in a day if they don’t have any in stock.

        PT lumber has gotten better in recent years, but it’s still nothing I would put next to soil I was raising food in. I heard of people using spray on truck bed liner to seal the inside surfaces of PT lumber to prevent chemicals from seeping into the raised bed, but with the time and expense for that you might as well just do cedar.

  • clevelanddave

    Has anyone actually been to the sale… good value? Interesting plants? Do they mark down plants Saturday afternoon?

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