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

Community Project -- Dish Garden Workshop, Senior Center

May 01, 2015 10:30 AM | Anonymous member

More Smiles, New Friends


On May 1, the Capitol Hill Garden Club took a dish garden workshop to senior residents at the Capitol Hill Towers Apartments.  Much appreciation goes to the members of the Community Projects Committee:  Carol Edwards, Vira Sisolak, Joan Fallows and Ida May Mantel, who planned, tested the idea of a training event at a Club meeting, and arranged for this workshop to take place.  Twelve Club volunteers have our warmest thanks; they were essential to its success: Sandra Bruce, Martha Connor-Donnelly, Carol Edwards, Joan Fallows, Pat Hanrehan, Ida May Mantel, Joe Purdy, Sandy Shelar, Bill Sisolak, Vira Sisolak, Susan P. Thompson, and EJ Truax.  They assisted 14 senior residents, one-on-one to make their own stunning dish gardens.  The residents were thrilled and pleased with what they learned and had made.  Merrifield Gardens supplied the same tropical plants, pots and saucers, as used at the Club’s workshop in April.  Linda Wilson Vertin, who led the April Workshop, again generously white-washed each pot and saucer at no charge to the Club.    


The Workshop consisted of presentations and the making of the dish gardens.  Vira Sisolak explained dish garden making using the pots and plants she later used to assemble the dish garden the residents would make.  She included a pitch for the Club, and we may well see new faces at Club meetings in the fall.  Carol Edwards took on the nitty gritty of caring for the plants and their proper watering, making it all very clear and understandable.  Ida May explained follow-on assistance Committee members will provide to residents needing more help should issues arise.  Joan Fallows and Joe Purdy captured the special moments on camera.  A good time was had by all—volunteers and residents alike—and as she blushed when everyone joined in to sing happy birthday to Vira, there were warm feelings all around.














































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