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

Dish Garden Workshop

April 14, 2015 6:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Workshop Brings Many Smiles


The April Club meeting was a dish garden workshop.  The regular conference-room set up became an activity area of covered tables, filled with preregistered dish garden makers and observers.  Linda Wilson Vertin from Merrifield Garden Center in Fairfax led the workshop.  Known at the Center as Wilson, she specializes in tropical plants and design of long-lasting container gardens with a natural appearance.   She led attendees through the criteria for selecting plants and the needs that alternative combinations would have in terms of care, light, moisture and location.  To assist, Linda brought her associate at Merrifield Regina Lanctot, who was warmly welcomed by those recalling her earlier presentation on indoor plants.  The highlight was making the dish gardens and seeing the stunning results.  Following a demonstration, attendees quickly assembled three very fresh robust plants in clay pot and saucer that Linda had generously white-washed for us.     

The workshop was more than making and learning about dish gardens.  Many prepared to volunteer at the Club’s community project in May to assist one-on-one a senior making a dish garden.  A number donated their dish gardens to the Club.  After receiving them at Capitol Hill Towers Apartments, Resident Service Coordinator Joelle Mendoza wrote:  “What a hit!  .  .  .  .   residents that were passing through or in the lobby at the time all wanted one.“  


Special thanks go to Community Projects Committee members:  Carol Edwards, Vira Sisolak, Joan Fallows and Ida May Mantel for planning and putting together the many pieces required to make this unusual club meeting work so well.  Other club members offered invaluable assistance preparing and executing tasks:  Sonia Conly, Sandra Bruce, Donna Brauth, Ed Peterman, Joe Purdy and Tony Pontorno.  



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