Local Events of Note

Tuesday, February 27, 2007
As the snow melts away...

Here are a few upcoming events of note, for gardeners in the D.C. area:

The Chevy Chase Citizens Association's Garden Club will meet on February 28 (tomorrow!) at 7:15 pm in the Chevy Chase Community Center located on Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street. The meeting is open to everyone -- new and experienced gardeners alike. This month's meeting features plant pruning tips. Next month's meeting (March 28) will feature tips on backyard vegetable gardening.

Orchid Family Day will be held at the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum on Saturday, March 3 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Check the U.S. Botanic Garden for details.

On Saturday March 10, the U.S. Botanic Garden will offer a once-a-year Open House, allowing the public to go "behind the scenes" to see the collection of plants not currently on display. Here's your chance to talk to the growers and find out their secrets!

Casey Trees is offering free Citizen Forester classes on the Planting and Care of Trees. Learn how to plant trees in an urban environment to ensure their survival. Practice what you learn during a Saturday morning tree-planting session. No previous experience is required. For more information, visit Casey Trees.

L'Academie de Cuisine is offering a class called Planning Your Garden, on April 28 from 9:30 am to 12 noon. Learn how to grow herbs, edible flowers, and vegetables. Then enjoy lunch made with seasonal herbs. Yum! Register at L'Academie.

Finally, check out the cool flower photos -- yes, dying flowers can be a thing of beauty, too -- at the Museum of Natural History. Transitions: Photographs by Robert Creamer is going on now through June.

(Local readers, is a list like this helpful? Do you know of other local gardening-related events, exhibits, or resources to add to this list? Drop me a note at: calendula1ATgmailDOTcom.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I spent many years as I child outside of Washington DC while my father was in the Navy. I fondly remember gardening in the heavy clay.... we had a compost pile and just kept working things in. We also woods behind our house and my dad would go out and get the leaf mold for the gardens.

Now I live in California and garden year round. We battle rocks and heat, but no clay in my yard. They collect yard waste from people and turn it into great free compost that I dig in. This year we are having a huge garden and I am having fun with my children outside planting and eating.

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