Well, get ready to be sad… because they’ve lost the donor that funded a portion of the Azalea Walk.

Although everyone would like to believe that the federal government funds everything and socialism, blah, blah, blah, things like the National Arboretum and the Smithsonian actually have many private donors that make them possible. You can learn more about the “de-acession” plan for the azaleas (aka killing them off) here at the Garden Rant blog, and join the Facebook cause here to “Save the Azaleas” although I have no idea what Facebook causes do.

Please repost, this is a lovely spot that locals and tourists alike enjoy, and much less crowded than the cherry blossoms down by the reflecting pool in the spring. Also, Penny loves it.