Archive for March 2, 2012
Park View residents living near Kenyon and Irving Streets are being offered another community garden. This “garden park” is being grown by Friends of Wangari Gardens.
Wangari Gardens is located on a 2.7 acre space, bordered by Irving St NW, Kenyon St NW, and Park Place NW. It is north of Howard University, west of the Washington Hospital Center/Children’s Medical Center, south of the US Soldiers’ Home. The site is officially in Ward 5, but borders Ward 1 – specifically the eastern border of Park View.
View Wangari Gardens Facebook page.
From: Wangari Gardens
Subject: Announcing Wangari Gardens!
Hello Friends, Neighbors, and Community Gardeners!
We are really excited to tell you about Wangari Gardens, a new garden park that is being established in Washington, DC, on a 2.7 acre space of land that is bursting with creative potential! With a mission inspired by the legacy that Professor Wangari Maathai left behind, we are in the brainstorming, planning, and outreach stages of things right now, trying to get as much input as possible from the community about how the space can best be used to benefit everyone. Some of the main ideas include a community garden, a playground, a fruit tree orchard, a butterfly/sensory garden, a walking/wheelchair trail, a rain garden, an outdoor classroom, and a dog park.
The most immediate plans are to begin constructing raised beds for the community garden on March 18th, with a park opening date set for April 1st. In order for this to happen, we need your help! There are endless opportunities for volunteering your time and skills, whether it be through fundraising, planning, building, planting, teaching, etc. neighbors know what is going on, but the more people talking about it, the better.
If you are interested in being a plot-holder in the community garden or volunteering, contact them at email@example.com.
Inspiration: Wangari Gardens is named after Professor and Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai, who was the incredible founder of the Green Belt Movement, based in Kenya. She was an environmentalist and social justice peace activist who empowered mainly women in East Africa to plant more than 47 million trees. She tirelessly worked to combine environmental, economic, and social development. Professor Maathai passed away in September of 2011.