Help Save the Azaleas at the National Arboretum

Post date: Jan 10, 2011 2:50:22 AM

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: set up by Mr. Steve Henning and Don Hyatt's Fact Sheet:

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. You can share your comments and recommendations on saving the azaleas on the comment box in the National Arboretum website: