News and Notes is issued three times a year, in January, May, and September, to stakeholder organizations to keep them informed about recent arboretum accomplishments and activities. Stakeholders are encouraged to use material from this document in reports to their members. Please send comments to:
John Hammond, Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit
Dana Laster, Administrative and Marketing Manager
Nancy Luria, Education and Visitor Services Unit Leader
Arboretum to Participate in USDA Energy Awareness Days
The National Arboretum will open a new exhibit and host displays from universities and colleges working on energy issues during the Department of Agriculture’s second annual Bio Energy Awareness Days (BEAD). BEAD is an annual celebration held on the summer solstice to increase awareness and knowledge about alternative sources of energy and to offer information on how efficient use and conservation of energy benefits rural communities and the nation. Read more...
Exhibit at U.S. Botanic Garden Includes Arboretum Display
The arboretum’s Power Plants exhibit will be featured as part of the One Planet—Ours! Exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden, May 24–October 13. The theme of the exhibit is sustainability and how each of us can live for tomorrow as well as for today. Read more...
Crowds Celebrate the Art of Bonsai at Bonsai Festival
Bonsai took center stage in early May when the U.S. National Arboretum joined forces with the Potomac Bonsai Association (PBA) and the National Bonsai Foundation to host the Potomac Bonsai Festival. Read more...
U. S. National Seed Herbarium Moves to the Arboretum
The world’s largest and most diverse systematic collection of seeds of flowering and coniferous plants is now part of the National Arboretum. The collection contains approximately 125,000 dried seed and fruit samples from plants throughout the world. Read more...
Arboretum Hosts Invasive Plant Workshop
In March the arboretum hosted a two-day Workshop on Invasive Plant Research and Partnerships with Ornamental Horticulture and Natural Resource Management. The workshop brought together representatives from the American nursery industry, conservation organizations, and government agencies to discuss and prioritize research topics relevant to management of the invasive species problem by the American nursery industry. Read more...
Greenhouse Construction Nearly Complete
The new greenhouse project at the National Arboretum is now expected to be completed by midsummer. Construction of the frame structure has been completed and all the glass panes have been installed. Read more...
New Paths and Bridges Constructed In Fern Valley
New bridges and improved trails were installed in the Fern Valley this past winter, as part of the larger project to create a new entrance and accessible path system for Fern Valley. Construction on the new entrance path connecting Fern Valley to the Flowering Tree walk is now underway. Read more...
Successful Winter Programs Bring Gardeners In From the Cold
The love of gardening does not stop in the cold, gray days of winter—it just moves inside. Large numbers of area gardeners enjoyed a variety of educational and entertaining programs held at the arboretum during the winter and early spring months. Read more...
Visitors Appreciate Cherry Blossoms at the Arboretum
Flowering cherries were popular again this year as arboretum visitors seemed to be grateful for ways to appreciate the blossoms without fighting crowds at the Tidal Basin. As in previous years, the arboretum was a participating organization in the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Read more...
Arboretum Research on Display at Baltimore Trade Show
The National Arboretum’s research programs were on display to over 12,000 green industry participants from throughout the U.S. at the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS), held in January at the Baltimore Convention Center. Read more...
Outreach to Beltsville Elementary School
Several of the National Arboretum’s staff tested their teaching techniques during a special science enrichment program for Beltsville Elementary School in Beltsville, Maryland. Read more...
Last Updated May 14, 2008 3:49 PM