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Improvements Coming to Wangari Gardens — Which Options do You Like?

October 12, 2020

Wangari Gardens recently received two small grants to make improvements to the site and they are seeking community feedback on the future design of the gardens. You can see the four proposed designs here.

The gardeners have created a brief questionnaire and are seeking community input to ensure that changes to Wangari don’t just improve the gardens, but also serve the greater community.

Take the survey here! The survey will close on October 31, 2020.

One of the four designs created by UMD Students for Wangari Gardens

Wangari Gardens is cared for entirely by residents. This past Spring they hosted a design workshop and online survey, with the support of landscape architecture students from the University of Maryland. Wangari received a dozen visualizations of those ideas and have selected four designs to serve as examples to present to all of the gardeners, neighbors, and the wider community for input.

The survey will ask you about your reactions to the four student designs. Based on the responses Wangari will prepare a formal open space plan for the site with funding from a Pepco Sustainable Communities grant and the help of a local professional.

Wangari Gardens Fall Festival is Saturday, October 28th

October 25, 2017

The Wangari Fall Festival is this Saturday from 2-5 pm! There will be face painting, a pumpkin carving demo, LIVE music, a bake sale, and information about how to get a garden plot. You can support urban gardening, food access, and local music ALL at the SAME TIME!

See the flyer below.

Gardens Plots Available This Season at the Soldiers’ Home

April 4, 2017

Gardening at the old Soldiers’ Home.

Love to garden and volunteer?

The Community-Resident Garden at the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) has garden space available!

The garden provides AFRH Residents and individuals from the surrounding neighborhoods an opportunity to garden, build friendships, and have fun. The Friends of the Soldiers Home manages the garden in partnership with the AFRH.

Joining the garden entails a volunteer commitment of four hours per month and annual dues of $25. Volunteer duties include mowing the common areas of the garden and helping Residents to plant and weed their gardens.

Community garden plots for new gardeners in 2017 are about 15 feet by 30 feet and are available for growing vegetables and flowers for family and friends (not for commercial use).

Come join us!

For more information contact Sarah Bohl at sarahtrelle(at)gmail(dot)com

Little Free Library at Bruce-Monroe Community Garden

June 25, 2014

Little free libraryI posted earlier that a little free library was to be installed at the Bruce-Monroe Community Garden back on May 17th. This past weekend was the first time I’d had a chance to check it out and it looks as good as I thought it would (see accompanying photos).

According to an earlier commenter, the Bruce-Monroe Community Garden will store excess books in their shed, and replenish the library if it gets too low. If the library is full and you would like to make a book donation please contact the Garden at brucemonroegarden (at) gmail (dot) com

Little Free Library

DC Water’s Wangari Bioretention Areas Both Useful and Beautiful

April 8, 2014

On Sunday, April 6th, DC Water was at Wangari Gardens as part of an event that included a Gardening Orientation Session, Composting Cooperatve, Applications for Garden Plots, and a Bioretention Area Presentation. There were also free Dogwood seedlings to the first 50 guests.

Looking north from Michigan Avenue toward the Wangari Gardens. Unfinished bioretention area in the foreground.

Looking north from Michigan Avenue toward the Wangari Gardens. Unfinished bioretention area in the foreground.

The bioretention areas are part of medium-term Bloomingdale flood mitigation efforts DC Water has undertaken to reduce stormwater runoff. I’ve been keenly interested in these area and stopped by on Sunday to take a look at the progress. I’m happy to report that DC Water has done an excellent job with the areas closest to Wangari, and the areas to the south are well underway.

The purpose of this project, according to DC Water, is to capture, infiltrate, and treat stormwater runoff before it enters the sewer system. The project includes 15 bioretention areas (similar to rain gardens) along the Irving Street corridor between Michigan Avenue and North Capitol Street, including the Wangari Gardens site.

The the primary purpose of these bioretention areas is to prevent flooding,  bioretention areas are planted filter beds of specialized soil, sand, and stone aggregate. The areas are typically slightly depressed into the surrounding landscape to facilitate runoff flow to the system. Bioretention is used to slow, cool, filter, and infiltrate stormwater runoff, and can be used to reduce flooding associated with stormwater. The bioretention plantings and soil remove contaminants and excess nutrients from stormwater.

Bioretention at Wangari(The bioretention area along Park Place just south of Irving.)

What I particularly like is that these areas have the additional benefits
of habitat creation, urban heat island reduction, green space enhancement, and air quality improvements. In walking around Wangari and assessing what DC Water has created, I could easily see how the bioretention areas will add beauty to the areas.

Below is the plan as implemented on the western edge of Wangari Gardens, along Park Place. In reviewing the plan, notice that a variety of trees and plantings were part of the project which will help make the area both beautiful and useful.Wangari bioretention plan(Image courtesy of DC Water)

Park View Rec Center Starts Garden for Youth

May 2, 2013

The Park View Recreation Center has started a small garden for the community youth. With all the community gardens in the area, I’m pleased to see that the Rec Center has installed some raised beds for the children. They are located between the fences on the Princeton Place side of the property.

The raised beds of the youth garden.

The raised beds of the youth garden.


2013 Season of Gardening at the Old Soldiers’ Home About to Begin

April 12, 2013

Preparing the soil at the AFRH gardens.

Preparing the soil at the AFRH gardens.

With the warm weather, the community garden season is about to begin. In addition to both Wangari and the Bruce Monroe gardens, gardening at the Old Soldiers’ Home is about to begin.

A week ago, equipment was brought in to begin the process of preparing the AFRH garden plots near the intersection of Park Place and Rock Creek Church Road. They are scheduled to be done today so that gardening can begin.

Among the reasons I’m so excited by the start of gardening season are that it is a restful activity similar to going to the country (even though you’re still in the city) and that last year we had a significant amount of surplus produce that we donated to the Senior Wellness Center. I’m hoping this year is as successful.


Tilling the soil at the Soldiers’ Home


Community Gardeners — Plots Available at Bruce Monroe Garden for 2013 Season

April 1, 2013

Community garden at  Bruce Monroe Park

Community garden at Bruce Monroe Park

Knowing that we have a lot of community gardeners in Park View, I wanted to pass the following information that was sent out on the Columbia Heights listserv yesterday.

“The Bruce Monroe Community Garden (Georgia Ave & Columbia Rd NW) has open garden plots for the 2013 season (March – November). Single plots rent for $30/year and each person/family unit can reserve up to two plots for $60/year. There are also shared garden plots which are free; they are planted in community with other gardeners and each can share in the harvest.

Email brucemonroegarden (at) if interested for more information or to reserve a plot.”


Time to Sign Up for AFRH’s Second Season of the Community-Resident Garden Project

March 21, 2013

Start of the 2012 AFRH Garden season.

Start of the 2012 AFRH Garden season.

Yesterday, the new Friends of the Soldiers Home Website announced the Soldiers’ Home Garden Project would have a second season. According to the announcement space is limited. The number of volunteers will be determined by the number of AFRH residents interested in gardening.

Last year’s gardening experience was unbelievable. Not only was working with the retired soldiers rewarding, but being on the grounds of the AFRH was very Zen-like. It was very easy to forget that one was still in the middle of a major urban environment.

Lastly — and as stated on the Friends Website — whether you would be new to the program or returning from last year, you must express an interest by e-mailing Carrie Green by no later than Wednesday, March 27 at gardenerofsoldiers @ Carrie is the coordinator of the garden project for Friends of the Soldiers Home. Additional details are located on the Friends Website.


Wangari Gardens Hosting Volunteer Weekend This Saturday & Sunday

March 14, 2013

If you’ve been looking for some community garden space in the neighborhood but haven’t found any yet, you may want to check out Wangari Gardens this weekend. It also sounds like a great opportunity to meet neighbors and have some fun. Details in the flyer below.

Wangari Gardens flyer



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