“Dear PoPville,

The Friends of Mitchell Park (23rd St and S St, NW) are having a photo contest to celebrate a beautiful city park. Yeah!

However, they advertised their contest by stapling(!!) advertisements to city trees all around Dupont Circle. Not only is it against DC regulations to advertise on public property or permanently affix anything to trees, it’s quite ironic and sad to see a group celebrate one public good by desecrating another.

Note that they taped, not stapled ads on the trees in their park, so they knew that stapling ads to trees is harmful.

Anytime tree bark is pierced, even by staples, it creates an entry point for disease and parasites. Our street trees have a tough enough life without a pro-park group stabbing them with ads.

I’ve removed and trashed all the tree-stapled ads I could find. I hope others will do the same.”


“Dear PoPville,

Last week on either Wednesday or Thursday, the construction crews at the Wardman Tower on Connecticut Ave chopped down a good number (I would guess 10 or so) Cherry trees from around the building, right across from the metro station. I’ve always loved this building and the beautiful, green grounds around it. I understand obviously the ground needs to be torn up for construction and everything, but the razing of so many trees on one of the city’s main thoroughfares seems like a big shame, I hope they don’t do this to the entire grounds.”


Thanks to Jack for sending:

“The driver of this Capitol Paving dump truck snagged a street tree leaning out over 19th Street in Mount Pleasant. Then, instead of getting out to find out why her truck wasn’t moving, she just stuck it into low gear and let ‘er rip. And down came the Norway Maple at the corner of 19th and Lamont.”

Cherry Blossom Season from Lorie Shaull on Vimeo.

Lorie Shaull writes:

“This year I set out to capture the stretch of time from when spring begins to arrive in Washington DC and, along with it, the anticipation of cherry blossoms to come on through to the petals falling after peak bloom. A late spring snow with the Tidal Basin frozen over seemed an unseasonably cold but good day to begin recording the cherry blossom season. Locations: Tidal Basin, Congressional Cemetery, National Arboretum.

The song, “When the Moon Begins to Arise,” was kindly provided by Davide Martello. Two years ago, I was riding my bike near the mall in DC and happened to hear beautiful music; it turned out that Davide was playing his grand piano right there in the middle of the mall. About a week later, I was in New Orleans, I heard beautiful music and there again was Davide Martello! I’ve been enjoying his music ever since those two lucky little chance encounters.”


I’ve been getting nominations since late February but I knew that was way to soon to start. But now that we’ve hit April – I think it’s fair to start the hunt. Though keep in mind, last year, we had a bunch in August. Anyway, this’ll be the first nomination a reader sends in from Georgetown “Merry Christmas!”.