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From an email:

“Buy monastery-grown and other local herbs and vegetables, take a tour of the historic Franciscan Monastery gardens and enjoy food and craft vendors:

Saturday, April 23 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Sunday, April 24 (8 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land
1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC 20017

Sponsored by the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild and held in the monastery’s century-old gardens, the sale features herbs, vegetables, flowers, roses, azaleas, plants and shrubs, many of them grown in the monastery’s greenhouse. Free garden tours at 11 a.m. and noon daily.

The event benefits the preservation and care of the gardens, which were designed by Franciscan friars over 100 years ago, as well as newer initiatives of the volunteer Garden Guild, including beekeeping and vegetable gardening that produced over 6,000 pounds of produce for DC non-profits serving the city’s hungry last year.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user John

“Dear PoPville,

I’m looking for someone who can help me assess whether or not my Azalea bushes are salvageable. I planted them last year and have to admit that they seemed to struggle shortly after they were planted. That being said I do see new leaf sprouts and feel as though they might have a chance if someone who knew what they were doing could tend to them.

My husband is determined to just uproot them and start over, where as I’d love to be able to save them.

If you can offer any help or advice it would be appreciated!”

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courtesy U.S. Botanic Garden

From a press release:

“A new Conservatory room focused on the plants of the world’s five areas with Mediterranean climates opens to the public today at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) in Washington, DC. Named for the climate of Europe’s Mediterranean Basin, four other locations – California, Chile, South Africa, and Australia – share this climate known for its hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. More than 10% of all known plants are found in Mediterranean areas. (more…)

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New to Gardening

“I’m a new but enthusiastic gardener and am interested in seeking the advice of some master gardeners (official or otherwise) out there. I’m fortunate enough to have yard space to grow a garden but it has fun challenges with it being north facing, having 3 resident dogs, and various other shading issues. I’d be interesting in soliciting advice regarding garden planning for the next year (placement and which plants to choose). I had some success with a garden last year but am looking to improve and be more strategic this next year. Any suggestions of where I can find help? Thanks!”

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