Photo courtesy of fonagardener
From an email:
FRIDAY, APRIL 27 ( 1 to 4 p.m.) and SATURDAY, APRIL 28 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA) Annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale featuring new, rare and hard-to-find plants. This year’s sale also includes more than 600 books on horticulture, garden design and designers, landscape architecture and garden travel from the library of longtime FONA board member and garden designer Sally Boasberg, who died last month. (Note: A members-only sale will be held Friday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tax-deductible memberships are available through FONA in advance or at the gate.) The annual fair coincides with the Arboretum’s spectacular display of azaleas, the largest collection in the metropolitan area. 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.
Very zen. Do you think this style works? It’s from Shaw.
Photo by PoPville flickr user ekelly80
Do you know of any good garden centers in DC that are metro accessible (not requiring too much walking – assuming lots of plants will be carried)? I’m looking for indoor plants to spruce up my dreary no-natural-light cubicle in Dupont.
Is this to grow vines? I’ve never seen one in a front yard like this. It’s from New Jersey Ave, NW.
These are popping up like crazy all over. I didn’t notice them in 2008 but now I see them all over the place.”
Anyone else noticing these?
I’ve noticed a number of purple flower/weeds in my backyard but I rather like them. Anyone else noticing these small purple flowers in their yards?
Photo by PoPville flickr user available_photons
I was wondering if anyone out in PoPville had had any experience with so-called “guerilla gardeners” and what your thoughts were. As a boring regular gardener myself, when I first heard of the concept I had some romantic notion of beautifying abandoned and public spaces in cooperation with their inhabitants, but several incidents within the last few weeks have caused me to think differently. I’ve heard of several instances of friends waking up to find shrubs or something in their front yard. Last week a friend who runs a gardening program at one of the local schools arrived with seedlings for the kids to find the vegetable beds converted into flower gardens and had to spend a morning tearing the plants out prior to the youngins’ gardening workshop. The community garden where we garden has several common plots and several individually rented plots, one of which we have. I had noticed this week that some of my plants had been trimmed in ways that I didn’t necessarily appreciate but figured bored kids were finding something to do, accepting that as part of gardening in a public space. I was surprised to arrive yesterday and find a group of young 20-somethings scattering seeds in several of the rented plots. One of the young women approached me and told me that she’d been “cutting your stuff for you,because it looked like it was getting to be too big, and you weren’t caring for it.” I informed her (too harshly? I still haven’t decided) that I’d been by every day that week tending to the plants and had in fact wanted them to grow (and that, in any case, the garden has a regs committee who monitors overly lush spaces) before she sauntered off.
The first two cases certainly involve trespassing and altering someone’s landscape without permission, and I’m wondering what contribution guerrilla gardeners believe they’re making. In both of the first cases the new plants were ripped up and disposed of because the land owners/occupants had their own plans for it, so the trespass-planting winds up being both wasteful and annoying. I found the guerrilla’s attitude highly condescending, as have some of our neighbors, who see it as another opportunity for yuppies to demonstrate an arrogant paternalism toward the neighborhood. I don’t think anybody really wants to be a curmudgeon and put up a “Keep Out” sign, and since most of this activity has taken place under cover of darkness there’s little chance to directly ask guerrillas to stop their work.
I know this isn’t really a solvable problem, but guerrilla gardening turns out to be much less endearing than many of its participants seem to think it is. I just wondered who in PoPville had been gardened and what their responses have been? Or whether some guerrillas have a different approach and find this one to be out of line?
I recall this being discussed a little bit before, but with spring quickly approaching, we are starting to think of cookouts and backyard fun. Our yard has always been a bit of a mess, and this year we have some more money saved up we’re willing to invest in making the yard more liveable. We are interested in looking into pretty much an entire overhaul that would involve leveling, re-doing the parking pad and sidewalks, adding a patio, and re-sodding. Does anyone in PoPville have recommendations for an affordable and reliable landscaping firm?
From an email:
This Friday Night at Ras Cafe. 8/26 8pm-2:30am
A weekly showcase for organizations and performing artists.
There will be information on how you, and/or your non-profit or
business can get involved in Food Day, which will take place on
October 24, 2011. Food Day seeks to bring together Americans from all
walks of life—parents, teachers, and students; health professionals,
community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch
providers, and eaters of all stripes—to push for healthy, affordable
food produced in a sustainable, humane way. Food Day will work with
people around the country to create thousands of events in homes,
schools,churches, farmers markets, city halls, and state capitals.
This Friday, live performance from seminal DC artist Asheru.
Proceeds benefit Common Good City Farm (community garden at 3rd and
Also a verity of musical selections by DJ RBI
Asheru is a hip hop artist, peabody award winner, educator, and youth
activist. He is widely known for performing the opening and closing
themes for the popular TV series, The Boondocks, as well as his
pioneering and innovative efforts to forward the Hip Hop Education
Mission of Common Good City Farm is to grow food, educate, and help
low-income DC community members meet their food needs. Our Vision is
to serve as a replicable model of a community-based urban food system.
$5 suggested donation
4809 Georgia Ave NW
We live in a row house on 4th St NW in LeDroit Park. One of the things we love about LeDroit is the amount of trees and greenery, including numerous tree boxes on the sidewalks. However, our section of 4th St is actually fairly bare with few trees or other greenery. Is it possible to request that the city installs tree boxes on our block? What would we need to do? We would be willing to maintain them ourselves – and even possibly pay for the installation – but obviously we can’t just start ripping up the sidewalk and putting in plants ourselves! Would appreciate any advice others might have.”
“Insalada Caprese with heirloom tomatoes and sweet basil from my garden plus homemade mozzarella.”
“I posted an article the first of the year asking advice about whether to build a roof deck or a green roof. I posted a second article after I decided to build the roof deck with information about roof decks. Now I am sending you some pics of my roof top garden in Bloomingdale. I have several ornamental plants that hang over the edge of the roof. A large herb collection with Basil, Chives, Rosemary, Mint, Sage, Dill. Vegetables I have Peppers, Grape Tomatoes, and Climbing Spinach. Fruits I have Strawberries, Blueberries, Figs and Kiwi.”
“I’ve planted Basil, Cilantro, Hot & Sweet Banana Peppers, Tomatoes, & a Pumpkin plant. I planted the pumpkin first and it the vine has been growing really great. I finally actually started growing a couple of pumpkins last weekend. They are growing fast and since I took these pictures, they have almost doubled in size. The basil is out of control and the hot banana peppers have fed me well. I’ve been stuffing them with cheddar cheese and diced tomato, onion, and green pepper and wrapped them in bacon. Damn good! The sweet banana pepper plant hasn’t done a whole lot and the tomoatoes are getting picked off by the local rat or squirrel population. All in all, I’m proud of my 1st experience in planting and look forward to doing it better next year.”
“Habanero plant in full swing in Adams Morgan/Lanier Heights.”
“Here’s one week’s tomato yield from my community garden plot. Do any readers have great tomato recipes to suggest or methods for freezing? Or good places to donate them in Columbia Heights or Petworth?”
“What can I make with gigantic cucumbers, a bell pepper, and a bunch of cayenne peppers?!”
Hahaha, a strange salsa?
“From the Kingman Park Rosedale Community Garden — we harvested some tomatoes, banana peppers, hot peppers, thyme, basil, mint, parsley and sage. Our website is here. We have 33 plots tended by over 50 resident gardeners, including two plots tended by the students from the Friendship Blow Pierce School on Benning.”
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