All events planned for 2021 will meet or exceed the COVID-19 safety protocols that are in place at the time of the event.  Events may be changed, rescheduled, or canceled as pandemic conditions require.

Lahr Native Plant Sale CANCELED

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Due to the pandemic, our annual native plant sale has been canceled, however the Arboretum’s Lahr Native Plant Symposium will still be held on Saturday, March 20.  Click here for details.

Dinner Under the Stars

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Save the date for fall 2021 and join us for our annual Dinner Under the Stars.

Bulb Sale

Date TBD

We are exploring holding a bulb sale this fall.  Stay tuned for more details.


Washington Youth Garden (WYG) is FONA’s education and outreach initiative for students and their families. With a focus on serving under-resourced communities, WYG nurtures curious minds and healthy bodies by connecting youth to food, the land, and each other.

Demonstration Garden

Many of our programs are held in our 1-acre demonstration garden. The crops here include a pollinator garden, a sensory garden, an orchard, an outdoor classroom, and lots of vegetable beds.  Much of the produce we grow here is used in our programs; extra produce is distributed to our school garden communities and area food banks. The garden is closed due to COVID-19.

Family Programs

Throughout the growing season we have programs for families like our annual Garlic Planting Party and Family Garden Days. These events provide opportunities to play games, dig in the dirt, plant the first of next year’s crops, and enjoy a day outside celebrating the successes of our growing season. These programs are on hold due to COVID-19.


Whether starting your first home garden or looking to improve your school garden, you should look at our favorite garden resources.  Virtually tour our garden with Farmer Jake and our greenhouse with Farmer Emilia, or visit our distance learning resources and garden resources webpages to find out more.

We support local teachers and schools in growing and maintaining sustainable, integrated school gardens that serve as an outdoor science classroom, a living nutrition lab, and a creative space to get in touch with nature.  We do this through our Garden Science partnerships, the Summer Institute for Garden-based Teaching, and the Educator Coaching Program.

Our GAP interns grow, prepare and eat healthy produce, learn about green jobs, lead student field trips, improve their communication skills, and experience an incredible outdoor summer.   For those interested in continuing their garden education and leadership skills development, we also offer an academic year Guild program.

When it resumes post-COVID, our field trip program will invite pre-K through high School students from all over the Washington metro area to visit our demonstration garden site for a ninety-minute interactive garden science experience based on one of many themes. This program is on hold due to COVID-19.

Visit the Washington Youth Garden homepage

Visit the Washington Youth Garden homepage


Whether you are admiring decorative plants, helping a curator pull invasive weeds, or just enjoying the sights and sounds of nature at night, our recreation and conservation programs offer new ways of engaging with the Arboretum.

Daytime Forest Bathing

Connect with nature while exploring the grounds. During this two-hour program, our certified forest bathing guides invite you to reflect on the world around you and guide you through focused meditations. Each event explores new collections to highlight the Arboretum’s unique seasonal diversity. See calendar below for dates and times.

Full Moon Hikes

Explore the National Arboretum’s collections by moonlight on this two-hour guided hike. Learn about the collections’ unique history as you experience the Arboretum’s horticultural research in action. This program is on hold due to COVID-19.

Full Moon Forest Bathing

Ease your stress and worry and improve your well-being by the light of the full moon. Our certified forest bathing guides lead you through focused moonlit meditations in the Arboretum’s Herb Garden, Ellipse Meadow, and Capitol Columns during this two-hour program. This program is on hold due to COVID-19.

Springhouse Run Gardening

About once a month from March through October, help plant and weed the banks of Springhouse Run, an important tributary to the Anacostia River. No experience needed! Supplies and guidance are included. This program is on hold due to COVID-19.



sat13mar9:00 am11:00 amForest BathingReconnect with Nature

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fri30apr2:00 pm3:00 pmVirtual Arboretum Forest Bathing: GW's 'A Mindfulness Experience'Free Virtual Event


tue14sep6:00 pm9:00 pmDinner Under the StarsDetails to come!


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Visit the National Arboretum’s calendar page

Visit the National Arboretum’s calendar page