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

    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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    Fragrance In the Garden


    Featured Speaker:  Claire Jones www.clairejoneslandscapes.com


    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.












  • September 24, 2017 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fall New Members Garden Party


    Our first social gathering of the years is always fun - and important.  That's because the board of directors encourages members bring neighbors who are interested in gardening so that they can learn more about our garden club and perhaps join.


    Many thanks to Judy and Mike Canning who hosted this year's event in their lovely home and garden.


    If you were not able to be there, and if you know someone who may want to learn more about our Club and/or to join it, please send them to our website.  


    You can also bring prospective new members to any of our regular meetings as they are all open to the public.


  • September 23, 2017 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Barracks Row Day


    Once again, the Capitol Hill Garden Club had a booth at Barracks Row Day where our members shared gardening advice and handed out complimentary seed packets.


    Many thanks go out to Jennifer Cate who organized this event for our Club, and to the many Club members who signed up to work shifts through out the day.


    This event if always a great way to create awareness of our Club within the ever-growing Capitol Hill neighborhood and to attract new members.


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