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Notice for April 5, 2014
USNA Spring Cleaning

Subject: SPRING CLEANING -VOLUNTEERS NEEDED in the Azaleas (US National Arboretum)


SPRING CLEANING -VOLUNTEERS NEEDED in the Azaleas (US National Arboretum)

Saturday April 5th, 2014 -SAVE THE DATE


Hi All,


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 receptionist.


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 word! 


Very sincerely,




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) 245-4575


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