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 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:
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
Application Deadline: January 24 by 5:00pm
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.
Brookland Tree Boxes Summer 2013, a set on Flickr.
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.
Summer has put a tight grip around our area. Although we have had more rainfall than average, it is still helpful to review a few tips that Casey Trees published in their tree almanac. Following these guidelines will help especially your young trees to make it through the hot summer. Please do not forget about the many new trees in our neighborhood that were planted by the city, i.e. along 12th Street. They need your help as well. Consider investing in a watering bag to make it easy for you to give a young street tree the sufficient amount of water per week, or a tree guard to protect the trunk from lawn movers and weed whackers.
Here is an excerpt from Casey Trees website:
There are a variety of ways to help water your trees:
- Pledge to water your trees through our #25toStayAlive campaign and we will mail you a complimentary rain gauge for your yard. If less than 1.5 inches of rain falls in a week, you know to water your trees. (Offer limited to those within a 25-mile radius of the District.)
- Follow our weekly watering recommendations. Every Monday from May through September, we post tree watering recommendations here, on our homepage and to Facebook and Twitter. Tweet @CaseyTrees with the hashtag #25tostayalive or send us a message on Facebook to let us know how your watering efforts are going.
- Purchase a slow-release watering bags to help make watering your trees easier – 25 gallons, once a week. They’re available for purchase on our online shop for $15 each.
Also, here’s some other advice for District residents –
- Mulch. Mulching helps keep the soil moist and controls weeds. If you did not mulch in spring, now would be a good time. Apply the “3-3-3 Rule” – three inches of mulch in a three-foot ring with a three-inch space around the tree trunk to prevent decay.
- Weed. Remove summer grasses from around the trunk.
- Check Trunk Guards. Weed whackers and lawn mowers can cause severe damage to a tree’s circulation system. Add tree guards to the base of the tree if landscaping equipment is used around the tree. Check installed tree guards to make sure they are installed properly. They’re available for purchase on our online shop for $3 each.
HAVE A HAPPY SUMMER!
Sorry for not posting this earlier, but there is still plenty of time to catch a guided tour of the Franciscan Monastery gardens and grounds this summer. If you haven’t been to this neighborhood treasure, it is definitely worth a visit. While walk-ins are welcome at the Monastery from 9:00 am – 4:45 pm, the guided tour provides a wealth of information. For example, the docents explain the history and significance of the statues and shrines, the architecture of Monastery buildings, and of course, all the amazing plants, trees and flowers in the gardens. Guided tours are Saturdays at 11:00 am and 12:oo pm and Wednesdays at 11:00 am, or you can schedule a tour by calling 202-526-6800. The Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE and tours will be given all summer. Here is a video describing the tour:
The 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 27, 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, April 28, 9 am to 3:00 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.
Our 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. Lilies or Palm Crosses may also be donated to the Church to decorate for Easter. Lilies are $8.50 and 20″ Palm Crosses are $8.00. The dates of the sale are Saturday March 23 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday March 24, 2013 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. All proceeds go to Monastery garden preservation. The Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street NE. For more information call the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild at (703) 967-0958.
The Casey Trees spring planting season started last Saturday. The kick off event of the season was a planting I participated in where a team of volunteers and staff planted 30 trees on the campus of Catholic University. Some of the species we planted were White Swamp Oaks, American Elms and Magnolias. Volunteering with Casey Trees is rewarding in many ways, but in this case, it was great to get to know this institution so close to home a little better. Catholic University has been a partner and supporter in increasing the tree canopy of DC ever since Casey Trees moved to Brookland.
This spring Brookland residents will have the chance to participate in a couple of upcoming plantings in and around their own neighborhood. For example, Langdon Park in nearby Woodridge will get 39 new trees on April 13. Go to the Casey Trees event calendar and sign up for this great volunteer opportunity.
There will also be an event in Michigan Park. Not all details for this event on Thursday April 25 are finalized. Please check back on the Casey Trees Event Calendar for the exact location and time.
Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy Public Charter School located on 14th and Jackson Street NE will partner with Casey Trees for a tree planting on March 28. This event is closed for the public, but the youth and education team from Casey Trees will lead the students of MMBDA to plant their own trees and teach them about the value, benefits and vulnerability of trees.
The Casey Trees calendar offers many other opportunities beside plating trees to be involved in activities or learn about trees. Check out their classes, online tree chats, seminars, workshops and special lectures. And we are lucky, Casey Trees is right here in Brookland. It’s just a short walk or bike ride away. The staff is super friendly and always helpful and supportive.
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 via Paypal at their membership page. Annual membership begins in February. 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.