This Year is Saturday: “Every year, volunteers get together to clean up, plant, & mulch the 1/4 miles of street gardens that are part of historic Vermont Avenue”

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From Facebook:

“Take pride in your Shaw/U Street corridor!

Every year, volunteers get together to clean up, plant, & mulch the 1/4 miles of street gardens that are part of historic Vermont Avenue, in Washington, DC.

This is a great way to meet your neighbors and take pride in the beauty of a vital part of our city. We need about 30 people to participate, more is better.

NO EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED. Training, tools, & other support will be provided. Free breakfast, lunch, drinks and door prizes included.

Try to arrive as close to 9:00 am as possible for training. Meet at the African American Civil War Memorial (U Street & Vermont)

We’ll also need about 3 coordinators to welcome volunteers and get them started if they arrive later.

TOOLS & PROTECTION: Many will be provided, but if you’ve got ’em, please bring ’em, ideally with your name on ’em: gloves, smal trowels, pointed or square-edged shovels, kneeling pads & wheelbarrows. Bright clothes, hat & sun block also recommended.

Request for care: To avoid compacting the soil & damaging plant roots, please do not walk through the beds during the year.

Event coordinated by Jeffrey Willis”

12 Comment

  • Is that a suspension bridge in the background?

  • I’ve always thought the plantings along the Vermont Street median looked nice. Props to the organizers, sponsors/donors, and volunteers!

  • Kudos!

  • Last year, the weekend after the volunteers planted flowers along the center strip the Funk parade was held.
    The newly planted flowers were trampled by hundreds of people watching the parade. I tried asking people around me to pls be careful but it was a losing battle.
    Perhaps this year they can try to discourage spectators from watching in the center island. Maybe netting or at least signs asking people to be careful where they are standing.

  • justinbc

    Never noticed these planters, or knew that Vermont Ave was labeled “historic”.

  • I applaud the effort as it makes our neighborhood look great – but 2 coordinators + 3 other coordinators being asked for, plus all of these volunteers? It’d be nice to spread the effort across more than the 3-4 blocks. I say that in the most endearing way as I know I will get slaughtered for this – but I just mean it in the sense of this effort has grown in size over the years, it’d be nice to see the impact also grow beyond the original “footprint”. See you there!

    • dcgator

      I went for the first time last year, and there’s a lot of effort going in to getting rid of weeds, planting new plants/flowers, cleaning up trash, and re-soiling. I’m not sure how much MORE work you can get volunteers to complete and still do a good job within 3-5 hours. There was essentially no downtime, either. I’m going again this year, though, because it is an awesome experience, and a great way to meet the neighbors.
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      Look forward to seeing you there, JohnH!