Writer Joel Lerner has added another twist to the mystery of the Plan to Kill Beloved Azaleas at the National Arboretum (the gardening world around DC has talked about nothing else for days now). Click here to read Joel's passionate defense of the Arboretum's azaleas and boxwoods, at the end of which he drops this intriguing little nugget:
People who support reducing the number of plant collections at the Arboretum believe that the garden administration has finally come to its senses and that these changes would allow more native plants to be installed.
So contrary to speculation, it may not be bureaucratic in-fighting after all, but something bigger – disapproval of "alien" plants.
In any event, special interests and general Arboretum watchers alike are now discussing the options openly and making their wishes known. I just hope the Arb has learned its lesson about trying to take drastic, irreversible actions in secret. For crissakes.