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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.

Wangari Gardens Seeking New Executive Director

April 5, 2017

According to Wangari Gardens’ blog, they are seeking a new executive director “to provide leadership to [their] all-volunteer organization.  While the position is unpaid, it is a great chance to get experience with community organizing, cooperative governance structures and garden design!” For those unfamiliar with Wangari Gardens, it is the large community garden at the south end of Park View between the neighborhood and the Washington Hospital Center. Last April, I attended the garden’s kickoff event to learn more about them and really enjoyed the orientation.

The position requires approximately 5 hours a week work requirement with Sunday availability required.

A more detailed description of duties is available on the Wangari Gardens Web site, or you can email wangarigardens@gmail.com to learn more.

 

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

Wangari Gardens Spring Kickoff Well Attended

April 5, 2016

IMG_0343Wangari Gardens held their 2016 Spring Kickoff event on Sunday April 3rd and it was a success by any measure. The garden contains 108 individual garden plots. One thing I learned on my visit was that in addition dedicated garden plots (which are inside the fence) there is also a community garden area, a community orchard, and vines have been planted along the fence which produce berries. These community areas are available to anyone who visits the gardens — meaning that if you go to the gardens and there is fruit on the tree, you are welcome to pick it. The eastern end of the garden also includes an apiary which I really like. (Learn more about Wangari Gardens here).

The open house included food, kite flying, and a tour of the garden for new gardeners and anyone who wanted to learn more about how it is organized in general. It was a beautiful day to learn more about one of our area community gardens and chat with neighbors and friends.

Wangari gardens

(From left to right, Ms. Juanita, Commissioner Boese, Wangari Gardens outreach coordinator Lan Nguyen.)

Wangari Gardens Spring Kickoff is Sunday April 3rd

April 1, 2016

If you are interested in participating in a local community garden, Wangari Gardens is having a Spring Kickoff Party on Sunday April 3 from 2-6 pm (poster below). Check out their Website to learn more.

Wangari Gardens currently has 108 plots in the garden.  The have approximately 20 plots available, however there is a wait list for people interested in getting plots. Details on gardens plots can be found here, and people interested in getting a plot can access the application form here!

This year’s kickoff party features:

  • Food and games for kids
  • Live music from the Foggy Bottom Whomp-Stompers
  • Gardening demonstrations
  • Information about becoming a plot holder at Wangari and how to get a free private plot

Wangari Garden Spring Kickoff

Wangari Gardens Fall Festival – October 18, 2015 from 2 to 6 PM!

October 6, 2015

From the Wangari Gardens Web site:

There’s a nip in the air, the leaves are turning, and it’s to get your last harvest in before winter!  To celebrate the end of the season, we are having a fall festival at wangari gardens, park place and kenyon street NW .   RSVP here.

The festival will feature:

  • Food and games for kids including a moonbounce and face painting!
  • Music by local 20s jazz band, the Foggy Bottom Whomp-Stompers!
  • Gardening demonstrations
  • Recognition and prizes for gardeners this season
  • Information about becoming a plot holder at wangari and how to get a free private plot
  • And more!

Come out and invite all your friends!

Wangari Fall Festival

ANC1A Supports Apiary at Bruce Monroe Community Garden

March 12, 2015

At last night’s meeting of ANC 1A, Commissioner Rashida Brown introduced a letter of support for an apiary (aka the place where honeybees are kept) to be added to the Bruce Monroe Community Garden. Support for the apiary was unanimous. According to the presentation, the garden will begin with one hive, which is approximately 12 x 24 x 24 feet which will have a locked fence around it. Signage will also be posted in English and Spanish.

There are currently around 20 apiaries in Washington, with local examples as near as Wangari Garden and the Twin Oaks Community Garden. Below is a diagram indicates the two locations where the apiary may be located at the garden.

Apiary BMCG

 


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