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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.”


Bruce Monroe Community Garden is Growing, Saturday, July 14th

July 12, 2012

Community gardent at Bruce Monroe Park

From an email announcement I received:

The Bruce Monroe Community Garden is growing and we need your help!

Join us this Saturday, July 14, from 9:00am – Noon, and help build a new set of raised beds at the garden! Over 100+ community members already participate in the garden and we are looking to expand this great community resource! The community garden features composting facilities, a learning garden for kids, fruit and nut trees, as well as shared and reserved plots.

Once completed, these new plots will be immediately available, just in time for the late summer and fall harvest. Whether you’ve never gardened before or are looking to upgrade from your balcony container garden, we’d love to have you as a part of our garden community!

No building/construction experience necessary and we’ll provide gloves, tools, and guidance. Just come with some sunscreen and a bottle of water. A quick email to to let us know you’re coming would be appreciated.

The Bruce Monroe Community Garden is located in Bruce Monroe Park (Georgia Ave between Columbia Rd and Irving St, NW), behind the tennis courts.


Bruce Monroe Park Community Day This Saturday, June 30th

June 27, 2012

If you missed the community day at the Park View Recreation Center last weekend, fear not. This Saturday the Bruce Monroe Park will be hosting a community day as well. See the poster below for details.


Bruce Monroe Park Finally has Water

July 26, 2011

One of several new water spigots at Bruce Monroe Park

As I suspected at the beginning of July, the city was in the process of bringing water to Bruce Monroe Park. Any visitor to the park will now find several water hookups in the northern and western sections of the grounds. It was particularly important to get water to the community garden and that has been accomplished.

With water now on site, the only major outstanding amenity that was promised to the community is a central structure. I would also hope that the District consider lighting for the basketball and tennis court areas.

As you can see below, the community garden area is already active with some areas being planted. It looks like there are still a few sections that haven’t been built yet and possibly a few open garden beds. I’d be surprised if the uncultivated areas remain open for long, however, now that water is available.

Community garden at Bruce Monroe Park


Progress at Bruce-Monroe Park — Community Gardens & Water

July 1, 2011

New garden community garden beds at Bruce Monroe Park.

While most of the Lower Georgia Avenue communities were focused on the Caribbean Festival and Parade last weekend, some were otherwise occupied with construction of the new community garden at Bruce-Monroe Park. While organizers had hoped to finish the project in two morning blitzes on Saturday (6/25) and Sunday (6/26), it looks like they didn’t quite get there. None-the-less, the project appears to be off to a great start.

According to an email sent out by Bruce-Monroe Community Garden organizer Steve Seuser:

Community gardening is one of the hottest past times sweeping the country and today you have the chance to sign up to be part of it right in your own back yard! By growing you own food you’ll be:

  • getting back to nature,
  • saving money on grocery bills,
  • eating locally,
  • Improving your health,
  • helping the environment,
  • and meeting friends and neighbors!

Contrary to popular belief, summer and fall crops can be planted in throughout the summer, and harvested as early as July and as late as October!

So, whether you have little to no space to garden, or want to expand your existing gardening opportunities come and join the Bruce-Monroe Community Garden TODAY!!!

Use this LINK: to reserve your garden plot, and/or sign up to help.

Copper pipe being laid at Bruce-Monroe Park ... hopefully to bring much-needed water to the site

For more information on the garden, contact Ecolocity’s Steve Seuser: steve.seuser at g mail dot com

Also while looking over the garden beds I noticed that work is being done on the Irving Street side of the property. Judging by the copper pipe this must be in support of bringing water to the site.

Water is among the outstanding issues that the City yet has to provide to the park and its nice to see that there is movement on that front as well.


Build Community Gardens at Bruce Monroe Park

June 13, 2011

The community garden at Bruce Monroe Park is scheduled to be built on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26. The garden plot, located in the southwest corner of the park seeks volunteers to help with construction of raised beds from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. to avoid the heat of the day.

More specifically, volunteers are needed for either day to construct the raised beds (very basic carpentry skills needed) and haul wheelbarrows full of compost/soil mix into the raised beds. For more info or to volunteer, contact Steve.

For those seeking to start something similar, check out DC’s Field to Fork Network resource Starting a Community Garden in DC [PDF]


Apparently Bruce-Monroe Park Welcomes Everyone but Fenty

May 16, 2011

The Bruce-Monroe Park welcome sign -- with recent modifications

I noticed over the weekend that former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty no longer welcomes visitors to the Bruce-Monroe Park. Apparently, Fenty’s name was removed from the welcome sign sometime in early May as the Brightwoodian noticed this on May 5th. While its possible that the City could have decided that after eight and a half months there was no longer a need to have the former mayor’s name emblazoned on a welcome sign, I’m inclined to believe that the City would have removed the sign entirely or merely painted over the Mayor’s name with a matching blue paint instead.

When the sign originally went up in August 2010, it was noted that it did double duty by campaigning for Mayor Fenty

No, I genuinely believe this was the result of a local resident that just couldn’t stand seeing Fenty’s name any longer. The main reason I believe this is because it is such a sloppy job. The ink blotch on both CM Graham’s name and that of the park were unnecessary, as was the big black square painted on the lower left of the sign — which covered up nothing. I’ve also been in a couple of local meetings where at least one individual has mentioned that the name needed to be removed now that the election is over and the City has a new mayor.


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