2010 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
The objective of this agreement is to facilitate the Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA) in supporting the projects at the U.S. National Arboretum (USNA). FONA will provide funds to ARS to hire interns for the USNA-FONA Internship Program.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
Interns will perform standardized duties in support of numerous projects in all organizational units within the U.S. National Arboretum, including Floral and Nursery Plants Research, Gardens Unit and Education and Visitor Services. These duties will permit selected individuals to gain hands-on horticultural and public garden experience through the Arboretum’s plant collections, greenhouses, research laboratories, and public programs in either the Washington, D.C., or Beltsville, Maryland, locations. Examples include assisting with research in the laboratory and in the field; performing garden maintenance chores, including pest management and propagation; entering plant records data; and assisting with educational and event functions such as marketing and program planning and implementation.
The Friends of the National Arboretum provided $19,220.05 in new funds in FY10 for internships through this agreement. In addition, $48,000 carried over from funds deposited in FY09, for a total of $67,220.05 for internships in the Research, Education, and Gardens Units. Three-month summer interns served in positions in the Introduction Garden, Dogwood Collection, Azalea Collection, Conifer Collection, and the Education Unit. The agreement also funded two 3-month and one six-month internships in the Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit. A portion of the funds carried over from FY09 covered part of the salary of the year-long intern in the National Herb Garden. In addition to work in the various collections and labs, interns completed special projects that included researching and developing elementary school field trip programs that meet state education standards; contributing to current research on cherry trees, catalpa, and petunias; and working on a group project to design and install a new landscape around the Grove of State Trees public restrooms.