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Tree Watering Planned for Saturday

Posted in City Services, Plants & Gardening with tags , , on August 5, 2009 by Kent

New Hampshire treesPitching in to help care for the new trees on New Hampshire Ave near the intersection of Georgia Ave. has been tough.

The trees southwest of Georgia Avenue have been in particular need.

To that end, there has been a call for All Hands on Deck this Saturday at 7:00 am to water this section. If you have the time and ability, gather at the sculpture at the Metro station. The more the better.

The watering will be done with buckets — the water being supplied by Donatelli from the new construction across the street.


Trees in New Hampshire Median Need Your Help!

Posted in Columbia Heights, Park View, Plants & Gardening with tags , , , , , on July 15, 2009 by Kent

The trees along New Hampshire Avenue between Georgia and Sherman Avenues are in horrible shape, being stressed due to lack of water. If you live along this stretch of road and would be willing to help keep them watered … the neighborhood and the trees NEED YOUR HELP!

The good news is that Casey Trees will be watering them tomorrow morning.

The bad news is that I alerted DDOT to this Sunday night, and they quickly indicated that they would contact Casey Trees. It wasn’t until the last 12 36 hours, starting with Wayan Vota last night and me this morning that Casey seems to have gotten wind of the problem.

While we have a small victory that the trees will be watered tomorrow, Casey Trees is looking for a neighborhood solution. So, if you live in the area and are willing to assist, please speak up.

You can see from the photo below that Wayan Vota supplied how rough the trees have gotten.
Thirsty Trees in New Hampshire Ave Median


Mary Livingston Ripley Garden

Posted in Mall (The), Plants & Gardening with tags , on July 10, 2009 by Kent

Ripley GardenCreated in 1988, the Ripley Garden is sandwiched into a narrow space between the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the old Arts and Industries building. Its easy to miss if you aren’t aware it’s there. I miss not visiting it as often as I once was able to, as it has many nice features.

The garden has a fountain and planters and you can learn the names of the plants from the labels next to them. One thing I especially like are the park benches with brackets shaped like snakes. I thought I would share a few images to give you an idea of what its like.
Ripley Garden

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Park View Community Garden

Posted in Park View, Plants & Gardening with tags , on July 6, 2009 by Kent

Park View Community GardenI posted on June 25th that I’d noticed that the Park View Rec Center had new flowers planted in the streetscape area, but I hadn’t seen any sign of the Community Garden that I’d been told was coming.

Over the weekend, I saw that a very small garden has finally been planted  just south of the pool near the small pool house. As you can see, if you walk down Warder, you’ll have no problem finding it.

Park View Rec Center Gets Flowers

Posted in Park View, Plants & Gardening with tags , on June 25, 2009 by Kent

Park View Rec Center gardenAnother thing happening over at the Park View Rec Center is gardening. It’s come to my attention that Director Ximena Hartsock strongly supports this initiative and feels that it is very important to the environment of the Rec Center. Park View is also a focus for her.

As you can see from the photos, the area long the fence has been prepared for plantings as have the planters in front of the building. One of the planters was nearly done when we returned to the center after Mayor Fenty’s visit yesterday.Garden at Park View Rec Center

Farragut Square Getting Some TLC

Posted in Farragut Square, Plants & Gardening on April 30, 2009 by Kent

Preparing Farragut Square for new sodTuesday morning, as I was walking to work, I noticed that large swaths of grass were being scrapped up in Farragut Square. At the time, I thought maybe the workers were creating new planting beds for flowers and shrubs.

I contacted Dr. Ximena Hartsock, the new Director of Parks and Recs, to see if she could shed some light on what was going on. What I found out, and would have if Resodding Farragut SquareI’d only waited a day, is that the party responsible for the work is actually the National Park Service, and what they are doing is resodding areas that are clearly worn.

It looks like there is still a lot of work to do, but for now, it appears that they are doing sections of the park at a time. If you walk through the park you’ll notice areas that have been roped off.

My Garden is Coming Along

Posted in Plants & Gardening on April 24, 2009 by Kent


I’m thrilled with my garden so far this year, as many of the plants I was worried about last year seem to have made it through the winter. Many of these are hardy, but based on availability, and the need to completely rework and amend the yard last year, they weren’t always dug up and moved when they should have been. Some even had to be dug up, endure a 14 hour car trip, and then get replanted two days later.

Giant Solomon's Seal sprouting

Giant Solomon's Seal sprouting

The mayapples all seem to be happy this year, even though I may still need to move them again this fall. One thing I’m really happy about is that the giant Solomon’s seal is just starting to come up. As you can see by the photo, they don’t look like much now, but they will eventually get to be about four feet tall or so.

The lily of the valley are still coming out, and the allium have nice buds on them too. While we’ve had tulips for several weeks now, and the first batch is about done, the late bloomers haven’t begun to pop yet. It looks like its going to be a green summer.