04/14/14 2:45pm

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Photo courtesy Edgewood Community Garden

From an email:

“Good afternoon, everyone,

I wanted to reach out to all of you today to make you aware of an unfortunate incident that occurred at the Edgewood Recreation Center and Community Garden this past weekend. This garden is free and open to Edgewood neighbors and friends.

Approximately 40 volunteers gathered on Saturday at our annual spring planting at the Edgewood Community Garden located on the grounds of DC Parks and Recreation, Edgewood Recreation Center. Upon finishing, we had cleaned the entire picnic area, planted, and covered our 10 raised garden beds. Pictures of the garden planting and clean up are included.

Around 3pm that day, college aged students started to arrive at the picnic and garden area for the popularly advertised Dreams Never Die (DND) organization that was established by Howard University (HU) students (but in no way affiliated or supported by HU) “DRANKNIX II” party cause we down for whatever food, drinks and liq provided party. Approximately 500-700 people came to this party and trampled on the garden beds and left the premises trashed and damaged.

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We want to restore the garden with Edgewood neighbors and Howard University’s Green Team and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Chapter, but we need your help to restore the garden as well. Considering that the garden is free and open to the public, we rely on generous donations from private individuals to sustain our efforts. We spent nearly the $400 we had available for this growing season for this weekend planting day. We want to restore the garden with our neighbors and Howard University Green Team student organization, but we need your help as well.

Please consider donating any amount (even $5 will go a long way!) you can today so we can begin planning for our restoration event. Your gift is tax-deductible and will be of great help in taking the next steps to restore and beautify the area again.

You can donate to the garden by clicking on this link and then locate the “Donate Now” button (please ensure that you include in your donation comment section “Edgewood Community Garden”). You can also send a check that is written out to the Friends of Edgewood Recreation Center to:

Karin Bleeg
PO BOX 25172
Washington, DC 20027

Thank you for all of your supportive emails, phone calls, Facebook posts and positive energy you’re sending our way now, but most of all, since the beginning of this adventure.

To read more about the garden: Edgewood Garden

Very warmly,
Karin
Co-Director, Edgewood Community Garden”

04/10/14 4:55pm

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Photo courtesy of fonagardener

Mark your calendars – from an email:

“After an unusually cold winter, there is no better way to kick off spring than with new plants from Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA)’s Annual Garden Fair, April 25-26 at the National Arboretum. Held in conjunction with Arbor Day, FONA’s plant sale and garden fair is continually recognized for its premier selection of new, rare and exotic plants that are best suited for growing in the Washington, D.C. area.

Whether you are a seasoned gardener, a plant novice or just looking to spruce up your terrace, each year, the National Arboretum’s top plant experts are on site to provide skilled advice and ensure customers walk away with the plants best suited for their individual gardening interests.

FONA’s garden fair is more than just a plant sale, open to solo enthusiasts and families alike. Stop by on Saturday to catch a performance by the Washington Revels or nibble from an array of popular D.C. food trucks. Also, don’t forget to wander into the heart of the Arboretum to catch a glimpse of the stunning collection of seasonal plants in full bloom. Money from the Garden Fair directly contributes to the National Arboretum gardens.

The Garden Fair is on the grounds of the U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Avenue NE. Contact 202-544-8733 or www.fona.org.”

04/01/14 5:00pm

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Wangari Gardens is located on a 2.7 acre space, bordered by Irving St. NW, Kenyon St. NW, and Park Pl. NW.

“Spring Kickoff Event
Sunday, April 6, 12 – 4pm
Come to our garden opening event to celebrate the start of spring!

PLOTS AVAILABLE
Fill out a plot application and learn how you may be eligible for a reduced fee.
COMPOSTING COOPERATIVE
Learn about our latest compost initiative and learn how your food scraps can help feed the garden.
LEARN ABOUT OUR NEW RAIN GARDEN!
DC Water will introduce the rain garden that has been installed on site.

Garden Orientation
An orientation session will take place at 1pm. Attending an orientation session is required for all plot holders or potential plot holders. Orientation sessions will be held every Sunday throughout April at 1pm. Make sure you attend a session!”

03/24/14 12:30pm

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Thanks to ‏@spanuska for tweeting us:

“Hey! Is the Dupont Circle rogue gardener back? @PoPville or is #wmata prettying the place up?”

In October The Post reported:

“After July, he said, “I needed artistic closure.”

That closure wound up being a merger of performance art, civil disobedience and fodder for a bunch of strangers to have an impromptu Sunday chat about government power and the need for unexpected beauty… a 6-by-6-by-4-foot boxlike artwork, which was covered with quotes about the July flower standoff.”

In August DCist reported:

“Michael McBride, head of Metro’s Art in Transit program, said the daffodil bulbs planted by Docter attracted rodents. Instead, Pachysandra will be planted and repairs will be made to the pavers beginning in two weeks.”

Hmm in the photo above it looks like more daffodils but since the original guy got closure, I’m guessing it’s either a copycat or WMATA reassessed the danger of daffodils.

02/27/14 5:00pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user grit and whatever

From an email:

“What: 2014 Columbia Heights Home & Garden Tour
When: April 27th, 2014 from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Ticket prices: $10-$15/pp – ticket sales begin March 17th

Website: ColumbiaHeightsHomeandGardenTour.com
Contact: Krysten Copeland, columbiaheightshometour(at)gmail.com

More info: Call for homes! We’re looking to showcase home in Columbia Heights that have incredible architecture, interior design or history during the first ever Columbia Heights Home and Garden Tour on Sunday, April 27th. Homes should be within the following boundaries: Spring Rd (N), 16th Street (W), Georgia Ave (E), Florida Ave (S). Selected homes will receive a small honorarium as a token of thanks. If interested, please follow the link below to sign up by March 14th.

Additionally, tour volunteers are needed for the day of event activities. If you’d like to be notified when tickets are made available to the public, please visit the website to RSVP. Ticket prices will range from $10-$15 per person and proceeds will go to support a local deserving charity, to be announced prior to the commence of ticket sales.”

10/04/13 2:30pm

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“Dear PoPville,

So after reading all the do’s and don’t's about what can go in a planter box in a previous post about “no dog poop” signs I was surprised to see these ones on G St NE that are loaded up to the brim with plants. There are beautiful trimmed black pines, pomegranate trees, pepper plants, etc and the boxes go a good ways down the whole block between 7th and 8th. They’re really cool, so I’m definitely not complaining, just wondering if they got some sort of exemption from the city or if it’s actually possible to do this?”

10/02/13 10:01pm

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From a reader:

“The calendar says October but tomatoes don’t look at calendars. Here’s my weekend harvest (not shown is a bunch of cucumbers, peppers and green beans). What to do with a bucket of cherry tomatoes? Freeze them, slow roast them and of course – eat them!”

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10/02/13 2:15pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user philliefan99

Composting/Recycling for garden plants and soil:

“My balcony garden has been wonderful all summer, but now the tomato plants are dying and the basil is all finished. And I’m going to move, so I can’t keep the pots full of soil for next year. Does anyone know any community gardens, garden centers or any place else that will take soil and old plants for composting? I hate to just put it all in the trash!”

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