Category Archives: Gardening

Thanks To The Greater Brookland Garden Club For Sprucing Up 12th Street

We want to send out a big thank you to the Greater Brookland Garden Club for sprucing up the tree boxes on 12th between Quincy and Randolph Streets, NE, in front of Petals Ribbons and Beyond and San Antonio Bar and Grill. Before the tree boxes were really sad looking with lots of weeds and dead trees. Now they are nicely mulched, with six new redbud trees, accent grasses and herbs. Check out the makeover in the photos below.

Greater Brookland Garden Club Membership Time – (Re)Join Now Online

GBGC House and Garden Tour Party 2013. Photo Courtesy of Tom Bridge's Bit Bucket.
GBGC House and Garden Tour Party 2013. Photo Courtesy of Tom Bridge’s Bit Bucket.

The Greater Brookland Garden Club (GBGC) is a great way to meet your neighbors and share/learn about gardening, not to mention the awesome parties! Membership  is from March to March, so the time renew or become a new member is now – and its super easy -you can pay your annual dues online at their membership page.  Dues are $15 for the year, and get you invited to garden parties every other month on Sundays and gardening events on the Saturdays of alternate months. The GBGC also plants and maintains public gardens in Brookland,  holds a Mothers’ Day plant sale in May and sponsors one of the premier neighborhood events, the Brookland House & Garden Tour in June.

Monastery Herb And Plant Sale Coming Up This Weekend

Franciscan Monastery Brookland NE Washington DCThe Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild Annual Herb & Plant Sale has evolved into a very popular neighborhood event. This year the sale will take place on  Saturday, April 25, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday, April 26, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The sale is located at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, at 1400 Quincy St., N.E. For more information, check out the  Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild’s website here.  From their website:

Plants include:

  • Herbs and vegetables
  • Roses, annuals and perennials
  • Shrubs and fruit trees
  • Camellias and azaleas
  • Monastery-grown plants

Plus food and craft vendors – and more!

Questions or interested in volunteering to set up/take down? Email us.

Easter Lily Sale At The Monastery This Weekend

Franciscan Lily SaleOur neighbors at the The Franciscan Monastery are hosting their annual Easter Lily and Palm Cross sale on Palm Sunday weekend. The quality of the lilies at this annual event have become well-known, so this is a popular event.  Hundreds of lilies and 20″ handmade braided crosses made of fresh palm fronds are available in the monastery’s Portiuncula Chapel today, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. All just $9 with proceeds supporting the care and preservation of the historic monastery gardens.  The Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street NE. For more information call the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild at (703) 967-0958.

Get Money Back For Planting A Tree

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Image Courtesy of Casey Trees

Our good friends at Casey Trees remind us about the tree rebate program that is funded by the DC Department of the Environment. You can start by checking out the list of qualifying tree species on the Casey Trees website. You also want to make sure you pick a good tree for the location you identified. The CT website offers a lot of helpful information that guides you through the entire process from selecting, planting and caring for the tree.

Black Gum Tree in our Back Yard
Black Gum Tree in our Back Yard (partially funded by the Tree Rebate Program)

The beautiful Black Gum Tree on the left is just one of multiple trees we submitted a rebate application for.

On their blog CT describes how easy it is to submit an application for a tree rebate:

Participation is simple: purchase a tree from a vendor of your choosing, plant it in D.C., then download our form and submit the rebate with a purchase receipt for each tree. There is no limit to the number of rebates per property.

Many large canopy trees, thanks to their immense environmental benefits, qualify for rebates of up to $100 per tree. Most small and medium canopy trees also qualify, for rebates up to $50 per tree. Invasives, dwarf and ash trees however do not qualify for a rebate of any amount. Refer to our species list for more help.

HAPPY PLANTING !!!!!

 

Greater Brookland Garden Club Membership Drive – Time To Sign Up!

GBGC House and Garden Tour Party 2013. Photo Courtesy of Tom Bridge's Bit Bucket.
GBGC House and Garden Tour Party 2013. Photo Courtesy of Tom Bridge’s Bit Bucket.

The Greater Brookland Garden Club (GBGC) is a great way to meet your neighbors and share/learn about gardening, not to mention the awesome parties! Becoming a member has never been easier as you can now pay your annual dues online at their membership page.  Dues are $15 for the year, and get you invited to garden parties every other month on Sundays and gardening events on the Saturdays of alternate months. The GBGC also plants and maintains public gardens in Brookland,  holds a Mothers’ Day plant sale in May and sponsors one of the premier neighborhood events, the Brookland House & Garden Tour in June.

The Brookland Beautification Small Grant Program Info Session Tuesday January 7th

The DC Office of Planning and the managing organizer for the Brookland Beautification Small Business Program Dance Place would like to remind all Brooklanders of tomorrow’s Information Session. Got an idea about how to improve Brookland? Submit it! Here’s the info:

Brookland Beautification Grand Program logo courtesy of Dance Place.
Brookland Beautification Grand Program logo courtesy of Dance Place.
Don’t Forget: Info Session Tuesday January 7 at 6:30pm

The Brookland Beautification Small Grant Program will support the commissioning of art and landscaping projects on 12th and Monroe Streets NE. The project is being funded and directed by the DC Office of Planning and managed by Dance Place.

Project support will be provided with a range of $750 – $5,000. Interested artists, landscapers, gardeners and anyone with a great idea can apply!

Information Session: January 7
6:30-8:00pm at Studio 21 part of the Monroe Street Market development at
716 Monroe St NE, Washington, DC 20017 (just steps off the Brookland/CUA Metro).
Interested applicants are encouraged to attend and ask questions!

Application Deadline: January 24 by 5:00pm
Application form and more information can be found at danceplace.org/beautifybrookland

Casey Trees Keeps You Up To Date With DPW Leaf Collection

Now that the beauty of fall leaves are showing themselves on our lawns and streets, it’s time to think about picking them up. Through their blog  the good folks at Casey Trees are keeping the city up to date on DC’s Department of Public Works (DPW) redesigned “Leaf Collection Program” brochure. From the Casey Trees Blog:

The fall collection season for D.C. will begin November 4th and continue on through January 11th, with DPW’s crews using vacuum trucks to collect the leaves piled in treeboxes and along curbs, as well as collecting any bagged leaves left next to trash and recycling cans (even in those neighborhoods with alley trash and recycling collection). To organize this, they’ve has taken each of the city’s eight wards and broken them into two or three sections, color coding each and then providing the dates that they’ll be picking up leaves by (as well as the date residents should rake their leaves to the curb/ bag them by). 

Here is the DPW Ward 5 leaf collection schedule. For the other Wards, check out the DPW brochure.

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Brookland In Photos – Tree Boxes That Go Above And Beyond!

 

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We have noticed that quite a few neighbors have gone the extra mile to spruce up the tree box in front of their home or businesses this summer. Hats off to them! Here are some examples from 13th, 12th, 10th and Newton Streets, NE. Notably, B’Cafe and Askale Cafe have nice mulching and flowers. The neighbors who put a mini picket fence around theirs are growing a herb garden in their tree box – complete with mint, basil and dill and more – pretty smart! Some neighbors have gone with care-free plants such as decorative grasses, evergreen ground cover and lavender, while others have opted to grow roses and other more elaborate set ups. For more info on tree boxes, including ideas and DC regulations, Casey Trees has a bunch of good information here.