Last fall, the U.S. National Arboretum announced plans to remove most of the original Glenn Dale azaleas citing the loss of a private annual grant of $110,000. Many of thses spectacular specimen azaleas are over 60 year old. Please visit the "Save the Azaleas" website:http://savetheazaleas.org/ set up by Mr. Steve Henning and Don Hyatt's Fact Sheet:http://savetheazaleas.org/Save%20The%20Azaleas.pdf
On Monday, February 14, the Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA) annonced that it received $1 million from an anonymous donor to establish an endowment for the National Arboretum azalea and boxwood collections. FONA also plans to launch a fundraising campaign in the spring for another $1 million.
Director Colien Hefferan of the National Arboretum announced the suspension of its earlier decision to eliminate the collections. http://www.usna.usda.gov/. You can share your comments and recommendations on saving the azaleas on the comment box in the National Arboretum website: http://www.usna.usda.gov/CollectionsComments.html