Location: Gardens Unit2011 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.
3. Progress Report
The Friends of the National Arboretum provided new funds in FY11 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 a six-month internship in the Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit. In addition to work in the collections and labs, interns completed special projects that included researching and developing family and elementary school field trip programs that meet state education standards; contributing to current research on tomato viruses, crape myrtles, box huckleberry, and plant virus detection assays; and, working on a group project to design and install a new landscape around the headhouse.