Check out this super-cool event from Brookland-based Casey Trees! From their volunteer page:
Get outside and weed, water and mulch Casey Trees-planted trees alongside some of your favorite Washington Mystics players this summer. A national landmark tucked away in the historic Brookland neighborhood, the Franciscan Monastery is more than a 100 years old and boasts beautiful gardens and grottos – and thanks to the hardwork of volunteers like you, an ever growing tree canopy.
Volunteer slots for this special event are extremely limited. So put on your red, navy, silver and white and join us for an evening of teamwork and fun to keep our city’s trees healthy and strong. Go Mystics!
Thank You to Our Sponsors
The Washington Mystics Tree Care Event at the Franciscan Monastery is presented by State Farm®. From all of us at Casey Trees, thank you for your incredible support and for investing in our city’s trees!
The volunteer event will be this Thursday August 22, 2013 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Sign up here. The Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street, NE.
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 friars at Brookland’s Franciscan Monastery conducted a Blessing of the Animals today in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. The annual event is popular; we estimate that there could have been over 60 animals in attendance, and TV crews from Channel 4 (NBC) and 5 (Fox) were there and broadcasted stories about it on their 5:00 pm programs. The friars gave a brief ecumenical service, did a general blessing of all pets in the crowd and then did individual blessings afterward. There were all kinds of pets – even a parakeet and turtles. The largest pet was probably a big St. Bernard. All pets were given a blessing certificate and a dog tag that reads “Francis of Assisi Protect My Pet”. I spoke with one particular attendee who brought two dogs and wasn’t sure what to expect as a “non-religious person”. She was very touched by the event because of the personal attention given each animal, how welcoming the friars were to one and all, and how there was no mention of donations. The monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street, NE.
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