Capitol Hill Garden Club In Washington, D.C., Since 1952

Recent Happenings

Take a look at some of the things our Club has done, they are all listed here. We hope you enjoyed them.  If you are not a member, then take a look at what you are missing and consider clicking Join Now!

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  • October 16, 2018 6:49 PM | Anonymous member

    Garden Anywhere: Growing Ornamental and Edibles in Containers

    Speaker: Dara Ballow-Griffen

    Grow what you want where you want! Container gardening makes it easy to have beautiful plants. 

    We covered the benefits of gardening in containers, plant and pot selection, basic design and troubleshooting, with lots of visual inspiration!

  • September 18, 2018 7:00 PM | Anonymous member

    Our Wetlands

    Speaker:  Kevin Smith, Director, Restoration and

    Resiliency, Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources

    We need wetlands. Why? For the answer, let's leave our own gardens and backyards and explore the larger DMV area with Kevin Smith.

    About Mr. Smith

    Kevin has been working on coastal and shoreline related issues for over 30 years with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Early in his career, he started working to introduce "non-structural" shoreline practices as part of on-going effort in Maryland to promote more environmental- friendly approaches to reduce erosion. He has worked on a number of innovative shoreline designs which have been installed throughout Maryland's tidewater region. Many of these projects set the standard for what became known as "living shoreline" practices. Over the years, Mr. Smith has led many trainings and education workshops regarding the design and construction of living shorelines for designers and marine contractors. He continues to develop and implement innovative shoreline projects which promote ecologic compatibility and help to move the science of shoreline restoration forward.

  • May 08, 2018 6:00 PM | Anonymous member

    The May Walk

    The May Walk is always a great way to begin the new gardening season!

    We began our Garden Walk at 325 A Street SE.  We then proceeded to the 600 block of A Street NE to see Vira’s garden. A combination of two neighbors working together to beautify their small spaces. These were must see gardens! Our journey continued as we wandered over to a garden that was mostly installed by our Capitol Hill Garden Club, under the leadership of Vira Sisolak, at the phone company building on 7th and Constitution. 

    Finally, we visited three gardens on the 600 block of Constitution Avenue, ending at 611 Constitution Avenue for refreshments. 

    Members who attended and who took photos are encouraged to send them to the webmaster so that they may be posted and enjoyed here.

  • April 10, 2018 7:00 PM | Anonymous member

    Hot, New Tried and True Annuals and Perennials

    Our final speaker for this season was Ruth Rogers Clausen. 

    Ruth wowed us with examples of plants and plant combinations that we may not have considered for our summer gardens. There are so many old favorites, as well as new options being introduced each season as new cultivars are introduced seasonally. One of my favorite trusted perennials is Heuchera. From vibrant red foliage to dark onyx leaves, you can't go wrong with this sun, sun-part shade perennial that just gets better with time. From its dainty bloom atop a thin spire, Heuchera is something to consider for the small gardens found on the Hill. If you attended the meeting, what is your tried and true plant for the summer garden?  

    Ruth also shared news about the upcoming Delaware Botanic Gardens. More on this as I await an update from Ruth. The last of the Spring planting has taken place and plans are being made for small private tours. This is so exciting for the East Coast.

  • March 13, 2018 7:00 PM | Anonymous member

    A Guide to Creating Something Extraordinary in Your Ordinary Space

    Marianne Willburn delighted us with her beautiful photos, a brief review of her book Big Marianne Willburn delighted us with her beautiful photos, a brief review of her book Big Dreams, Small Garden - A Guide to Creating Something Extraordinary in Your Ordinary Space as well as her recommendations on how we can utilize the lessons in our gardens. 

    We had a terrific time engaging with Marianne by asking lots of questions. We were surprised that she thanked us for the beautiful tulips and daffodils that greeted her as she arrived in Our City. One of the most important things we learned was it is OUR garden and we have creative license to try new and different things. Make gardening fun and fulfilling. 

    If something does not work one season, it is ok to pull it out. The garden is never finished and is always waiting for our next big idea. 

  • February 13, 2018 7:00 PM | Anonymous member

    Water, Water Everywhere: No Garden Too Small, No Feature Too Big

    Featured Speaker: Robert Johnson, Landscape Architect, Oehme Van Sweden

    Robert Johnson joined Oehme, van Sweden & Associates in 2011 after refining his knowledge with diverse professional experience in master planning, high-end residential and commercial design.

    Mr. Johnson discussed water features, from fountains to lily pools, for the small urban garden and covered examples from OvS’ extensive body of built work in Washington, D.C. as well as some of his own inspirations from his travels and work experiences. Methods for water feature construction, planting in water features and the concerns relating to wildlife and water are all topics that Mr. Johnson’s talk addressed.

    Mr. Johnson is currently managing projects for OvS that span both the firm’s commercial and residential portfolios, including several mixed-use/residential towers in New York City and the master planning of large estates in New England and on Long Island’s north shore and east end. Locally, he is managing OvS’ work on the expansion of the Annapolis Yacht Club and is leading design teams on the master planning of a historic former plantation on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, as well as various other residences in Annapolis and the suburbs of Washington, DC.

    Mr. Johnson earned a Master of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 and a Bachelor of Art in Art History and French from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine in 2003.

  • January 09, 2018 7:00 PM | Anonymous member

    Tell Us About YOUR Garden!

    For our January meeting, Club members told us about their own gardens and showed us some pictures.

    A write up on this meeting is coming soon!

  • December 13, 2017 6:30 PM | Anonymous member

    Holiday Greens Workshop

    The Greens Workshop was a club tradition before I joined in 1982. The format has evolved and continues to evolve. In the 1990s we began presorting and bagging the greens so that each member could have a pleasant creative experience without having to compete for a share of greens and we added the finger-food buffet as a buffer between the workday and the workshop.

    In more recent years we have encouraged members who are not participating in the workshop to nevertheless attend the buffet as a Deck the Halls Party. his year we served only cold beverages and only one person seemed to notice. We also used a new side entrance which obviated the need for a person to be posted at the door to let people into the event.

    Some members participated for the first time making wreaths and arrangements. Experienced members made spectacular wreaths and table arrangements. The potluck buffet had a nice balance of sweet and savory.

    Thank you to the set up committee: Doris Celarier, Bill Dean, Sharon Ferguson, Lorraine Fishback, Joyce Jones, Jennifer Newton and Donna Brandes. In the morning, we set up the tables, received the greens, sorted and bagged the greens, cleaned up the hall and set up the buffet tables. The result was a festive pleasant event

    David Healy, Greens Workhop Chairman

  • November 07, 2017 7:00 PM | Anonymous member

    Cooperative Balance with Trees and Other Living Beings Featured Speaker: Cheryl Corson 

    Landscape architect Cheryl’s commitment to supporting all life is the underpinning of her extensive professional training. She has observed enough plant/people/animal interactions to be amazed and to understand the extent to which the workings of the natural world remain a mystery. Lately, she has studied with Dr. Jim Conroy, a plant pathologist who has shifted toward chemical-free energy work, with trees in particular. Since trees are the top rung on the plant ladder, let’s spend some time understanding better how to keep them happy and thriving. 

    As the leaves have fallen and dance in the streets, let's welcome Cheryl Corson to our Capitol Hill Garden Club. 

  • October 10, 2017 7:15 PM | Anonymous member

    Fragrance In the Garden

    Featured Speaker:  Claire Jones

    Chosen to decorate the White House for Christmas 2011, Claire is a beekeeper and active Garden Club member in Maryland.  

    A Maryland Certified Professional Horticulturalist, Claire's garden designs have been featured in Chesapeake Home, Style magazine, and National garden tours.  

    Our October meeting was quite the treat. We were honored to welcome Claire Jones who shared her suggestions for complementing our gardens with fragrance. From annuals,

    perennials, shrubs to trees, Claire Jones shared cultivars that she is familiar with.

    One of the highlights of the evening was our hands-on activity. With gleanings from the garden, Clair showed us how simple it was to make a small seasonal arrangement that was sure to please.Using volunteers from our audience, Claire allowed each participant to use their imagination and creatively craft a unique mini arrangement. What a great opportunity to watch our CHGC members demonstrate their floral arranging skills.

    The mini arrangements made by artisans of the night were just beautiful!

    A few of the items Claire mentioned that we might include in our are gardens are Calycanthus, Edgeworthia, Daphne, Lavender "Phenomenal" and Heliotrope. I am certain that each of us left that night with visions of new plants in our heads. Claire Jones also mentioned two trips she is co-hosting in 2018 with the Maryland Horticultural Society and the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland. One is Italian Gardens - Bella Italia. The other includes the Chelsea Flower Show, Wales & Northern England. I am certain these trips will be worth the cents and the scents!!

    Thank you, Claire Jones, for sharing your words and adventures on Fragrance In The Garden.

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