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U.S. National Arboretum’s Azaleas Saved! For now…

by Prince Of Petworth February 15, 2011 at 11:30 am 7 Comments


Photo courtesy of Friends of the National Arboretum

Back in Nov. ’10 we learned that some of the azaleas at the national arboretum were in danger. I’m happy to share some positive news on this front.

From a FONA press release:

A $1 million donation to Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA) will establish an endowment to help preserve the Azalea and Boxwood Collections at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., the nonprofit organization announced today. FONA will launch a major fundraising campaign this spring to raise the additional $1 million needed to maintain the treasured collections into the future.

The Azalea Collection has long been a landmark in Washington. The lesser known but nationally recognized Boxwood Collection is the most complete collection in the world.

FONA’s announcement coincides with the Arboretum’s public statement that it is suspending an earlier decision to eliminate the collections, due to the loss of proceeds from a private trust. A final decision about the future of the collections will be made later this year.

More information about Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA) here.

In sum I’m told:

“FONA received a $1 million donation but another $1 million is needed to maintain and preserve the collections into the future.

USNA’s announcement is they are suspending their action for now. People can still weigh in…”

1. Dr. Judith St. John, Deputy Administrator, National Program Staff, 5601 Sunnyside Ave., Beltsville, MD 20705 Phone: 301-504-6252 Fax: 301-504-4663
Email: [email protected]

2. Dr. Joseph Spence, Beltsville Area Director, 10300 Baltimore Blvd. Bldg. 003, BARC-West, Room 223, Beltsville, MD 20702 Phone: 301-504-6078 Fax: 301-504-5863
Email: [email protected]

3. Dr. Ramon Jordan, Interim Director, U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone: 202-245-4539 Fax: 202-245-4574
Email: [email protected]

  • Petworthy

    This is great news… I hope everyone writes to USDA and urges them to continue support for the collection into the future.

  • andy

    I tore the azalea out of my front yard but put in new boxwoods. So . . . yay?

  • WDC

    So, the hostage-takers got the ransom they demanded. Yay?

    • Petworthy

      Yeah Rand Paul, because the plants are a DC treasure… Yay.

  • Anonymous

    It’s good to see where our priorities lie.

    Oh wait, never mind. These are extremely rare and endangered species of plants that may one day save all of humanity.

  • Anon. Gardener

    total fund-raising ploy. bastards.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. Next thing you know, they’ll threaten to mow the lawn and destroy tens of thousands of priceless dandelions, while hoping that someone with money to spare will swoop in and save them.

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