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Columbia Heights Home & Garden Tour in the Works

June 26, 2015

CoHi Home and Garden banner

DC Home Buzz — a local real estate brokerage firm in Washington, DC — is in the process of organizing the first ever Columbia Heights Home and Garden Tour. They have scheduled the event to take place on Saturday, September 19th, 2015. According to Columbia Heights Home & Garden Tour Web site, attendees will be able to tour homes and gardens in Columbia Heights with a focus on extraordinary architecture, superior interior design or eclectic history. There will be a reception immediately following the tour, included as part of the ticket purchase.

The organizers are still encouraging people interested in participating as a volunteer, attendee or showcasing their home to contact them, which is also possible to do from the Web site.

CoHi Home and Garden Tour

A Garden Visitor — the Hummingbirdmoth

May 12, 2014

Over the weekend, while in the garden, I noticed a visitor to the garden a couple of times — a hummingbirdmoth. This is not the first year I’ve seen one, either.  Last year hummingbirdmoths also frequently visited the garden. The seem to like the creeping phlox in particular.

According to Wikipedia, its official name is Hemaris and it “is a genus of sphinx moths, consisting of about 17 species native to the Holarctic.Four species occur in North and South America and three are found in Europe. Their main host plants are herbs and shrubs of the teasel and honeysuckle families. Moths in genus Hemaris are known collectively as Clearwing Moths or Hummingbird Moths in the United States and Bee Hawk-Moths in Britain.”

… and here’s another one.

Keeping a Tidy Lawn Can Avoid a $500 Fine

May 16, 2012

From May 1 to October 31, grass over 10 inches can not only be unsightly, it can also lead to a $500 fine. As the mowing season has just begun I wanted to give folks the opportunity to not only know the rules, but also share information on how to find a good lawn care provider if they don’t have one.

I’ve already been contacted by a few residents seeking recommendations for lawn and yard care but I really don’t know of anyone in the area that does this (mostly because our yard was converted to a garden). If you have had a good experience with someone please share.

Below are the District Grass and Weed Regulations from the DCRA Web site:

District regulations prohibit property owners (commercial and residential) from allowing grass and weeds on their premises to grow more than 10 inches in height. Failing to adhere to the rule could lead to fines of more than $500. Between May 1 and October 31, DCRA can immediately mow properties and issues fines.

DCRA will be hanging “door knocker” reminders at properties where the grass height is getting close to the threshold to try to encourage voluntary compliance before the city has to intervene.

Tall grass can trigger respiratory problems like asthma and allergies in District residents and rats and other vermin are also drawn to the over-growth. This holds serious public health implications.

DCRA regulates several types of excessive vegetative growth including: kudzu, poison ivy, oak and sumac, plants with obnoxious odors, weeds, grasses causing hay fever, and any weed growth that creates a breeding place for mosquitoes. Regulations require that these weeds be cut after no more than seven days of growth.

Weeds may be defined as any vegetation at any state of maturity that: (more…)

Wangari Gardens Progress Sign

March 7, 2012

The recently announced garden & park (a parken?), literally shows signs of progress.

Per the City Paper, this 2.7-acre plot of land belonged to the Old Soldiers Home directly north, and they gave it to the Washington Hospital Center (former location of Soldiers’ Dairy Farm), which turned it over to the District Department of Transportation for public use.

Sign: "A park and garden for the neighborhood"


New Garden Park Planned for Southern Park View Area

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

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.


Spring Gardens Brighten Area

May 9, 2011

One thing I enjoy about Mother’s Day is the opportunity to walk the neighborhood and look at the many gardens in bloom. I genuinely think that the number of flower gardens has increased over the past few years.

While I’m sharing just a few images here, an idea that I think the community could work toward is an annual lawn and garden tour. I’ve proposed this before, but didn’t receive enough support for it to get off the ground. Should we get some momentum this year we could also work toward judging area gardens and awarding prizes for our top gardeners.

600 b/o Princeton Place

600 b/o Princeton Place


What’s Your Favorite Spring Bloom?

May 3, 2010

Now that we’re full stride into Spring, I wanted to take a quick poll and see what flowers people enjoy most. Also, are there any great gardens that really shouldn’t be missed while walking the neighborhood?


Garden at 731 Princeton Place, NW

April 22, 2010

A reader alerted me that the garden at 731 Princeton Place was a looker, and after viewing it in person, I have to agree. My only regret is that I didn’t get to see it when the tulips were at their peak. Never the less, I’ll be checking this yard out throughout the season this year. Below are a few photos that will give some idea of what the garden looks like.

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Garden at 3674 Park Place

April 16, 2010

3674 Park Place

The garden at 3674 Park Place is frequently an inspiration for my own garden. In fact, when we were looking for a new home several years ago one of the things that attracted us to the neighborhood was the beautiful display of tulips in front.

Each year this garden has completely different tulips. Last year was coral, and the previous years were yellow and red if memory serves. This year it looks like there is a mix of two different but complementary hues.

Below are some detail shot I took over the last couple of weeks.

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Spring in Park View

April 13, 2010

Spring in Park View

 The garden these tulips came from is located at the corner of Rock Creek Church Road & Park Place in northern Park View. Does anyone know of any head turning gardens in southern Park View? I’d love to check them out.


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