Not only do we need to save seeds to ensure future generations, we also need to preserve mature plants like the azaleas at the National Arboretum.

From the Washington Gardener magazine, we learned that the azalea collection will be removed by next summer for reasons that are easily refutable.

For example, one argument says the azaleas should be removed because they attract too many visitors. By that same reasoning, the cherry trees at the Tidal Basin should have been removed long ago.

No doubt that tough economic times can mean difficult choices – we’d like to think there are creative solutions that will lead to preserving this wonderful collection.