Friday, October 28, 2011

Common Good City Farm Harvest Festival

What: Common Good City Farm annual Harvest Festival

When: Saturday Oct. 29, 11am-2pm

Where: Common Good City Farm, V Street NW between 2nd & 4th Sts NW

This free event open to the public will offer an afternoon of activities to include: pumpkin carving and painting, costume contest, scarecrow making, face painting and more! Food and drink will be served.

Stay for Oktoberfest on the same day happening in the neighborhood and hosted by the LeDroit Park Civic Association.


Promoting Native Bee Abundance

What: Promoting Native Bee Abundance and Diversity with Native Plants

When: Thursday, November 10, 2011, 7:30 pm  

Where: Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Virginia 

Join Maria Van Dyke, the Program Coordinator for Virginia Working Landscapes for a slide lecture about the importance and habitat requirements of native bees. Maria will discuss ongoing academic research which is identifying which native plants best support healthy and diverse native bee populations. Learn how you can best use native plants in your garden for this important part of our ecosystem.
Maria Van Dyke is the Program Coordinator for Virginia Working Landscapes and is also the Secretariay for Virginia Food System Council. She holds an MS in Ecology and Environment Sciences from UVA with work at Blandy Experimental Farm. Her talk will draw on native plant research she has participated in through Rutgers University, the NRCS Plant Research Center in Cape May and the Xerces Society.

Virginia Native Plant Society Programs are free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary.

For more information related to this press release please contact Alan Ford, VNPS Potowmack Chapter President at 703-732-5291.

Information received from: Kathy Jentz , Editor/Publisher , Washington Gardener Magazine

Rainscaping at the Coolidge High School Garden

What: Rainscaping at Coolidge Highschool Garden
When: Saturday, November 12 , 8:30 am to noon
Where: Calvin Coolidge Garden 6315 5th St NW, Washington DC

Please join the Friends of the Garden and Coolidge High School students in restoring 3600 sq ft of beds after last summer's drought. Gardening experts from the area's Watershed Stewards Academy and the American Society of Landscape Architects will explain how and why rainscaping (also known as riverscaping) helps local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay stay healthy, while making neighborhoods more attractive. The Native Species you will plant are drought resistant and hardy, and will attract birds and desirable insects like butter´Čéies for years to come.

Tools and Gloves: Provided but bring along your favorite weeding tool if you have one. 
Coffee, tea, juice and snacks provided.
RSVP by Wednesday, November 9 to James Proctor at or 202-652-9423

Information provided by Kathy Jentz, editor of Washington Gardener Magazine

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