SPRING CLEANING -VOLUNTEERS NEEDED in the Azaleas (US National Arboretum)
SPRING CLEANING -VOLUNTEERS NEEDED in the Azaleas (US
Saturday April 5th, 2014 -SAVE THE DATE
This is to announce my annual SPRING CLEANING work day in
the Azalea Collections. Many of you can only volunteer during the
weekends which is why I’ve started this project. In the event
of rain, sadly we will have to cancel. If we cancel, our front desk
receptionist will be notified by 8:30am, so that if you are wondering, you can
call us at 202-245-4523 before leaving home.
WHO can come: Capitol area garden clubs and Garden Societies, and
anyone with some gardening experience is welcome. I will be
inviting the following Garden Clubs: The Four Seasons Garden Club, The Azalea
Society, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Rhododendron Society, Kent Island, and
National Capitol Area of Gdn. Clubs; and Master Gardeners of Anne Arundel,
Prince Georges, Worchester, and Montgomery Counties and Northern
Virginia. (If you know of any other contacts/garden clubs, or master
gardeners, please let me know.)
WHAT TIME? Please arrive a little before 10am. We will work
until 3 pm with an hour lunch break in the garden.
WHERE TO MEET? We will meet in the Lobby of the National Arboretum. We
will walk up into the garden so be prepared to do some walking on hills.
Everyone who is not a regular National Arboretum volunteer will need to fill
out the attached "One Day Work Form" (which is also
attached if you wanted to fill it out ahead of time). If you can stay until 3,
you should bring a lunch. Please bring water in a plastic
bottle. Dress in layers, and wear appropriate shoes.
WHERE TO PARK? Parking is in the Visitor’s Parking just outside the
Administration Building. We will walk to the work site after everyone is
signed in. Later arrivals will be directed to the site by the
What will we be doing? Raking, digging weeds and a limited amount of
pruning. I will have all tools, rakes, or shovels needed for the various
jobs. Please bring your own gardening gloves. I will have extra water and
cotton gardening gloves for you if needed.
For logistical reasons, I need to limit the number of registered
volunteer helpers to 20-25 – so if you are planning to come, please call
or email me as soon as you can (my contact info. is below). If you need
to cancel, please be so kind as to let me know so that I may add another.
Thank you! I look forward to seeing you! And to answer
the question everyone is asking: “did this winter hurt the
azaleas?” and the answer is no. This was our first
“normal” winter in 5 years. These cold-hardy plants are well
adapted to the temperatures we experienced this year. Pass the
Barbara L. Bullock
Curator of Azaleas & Rhododendrons
U. S. National Arboretum
3501 New York Ave. NE
Washington D. C. 20002
Ph: (202) 245-4511 Fax: (202)