Save The Azaleas at the U.S. National Arboretum
The Gardens Unit Leader has made the unbelievable decision to destroy most of the azaleas on Mt. Hamilton as well as the National Boxwood Collection, the Perennial Collection including the Daylily collection, Peony Collection, and Daffodil Collection. This is insanity. They are going to spend money removing these plants. The azalea display is maintained by one employee and a group of volunteers that work all through the year.
The Glenn Dale Azalea display on Mt. Hamilton is draws thousands of visitors every spring. It contains many valuable hybrids created by Ben Morrison in the 30's and 40's. It was the nexus of hardy evergreen azalea development.
You can help save the azaleas at the U.S. National Arboretum. See
Don Hyatt has created a great fact sheet:
Here is a link that might be useful: Washington Gardener Blog: Save the Azaleas at the U.S. National Arboretum