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

Club Members Honored by Garden Visit

October 21, 2015 8:30 AM | Anonymous member

Club Members Honored by Garden Visit

Long-time Club member Joyce Jones and newer Club member Steven Bauer were honored to be included on a Washington garden tour for the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. (NLAPW). 

Founded in 1897, the NLAPW sites respect, knowledge, creation, and preservation of the arts as their core values. Current members include journalists, painters, choreographers, sculptors, illustrators, songwriters, poets and others interested in the arts, while prior members include Eudora Welty, Pearl Buck, Vinnie Ream, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

The NLAPW discovered our Club's website while searching the web for interesting, garden-related things to do during their visit to Washington, and then reached out to Sonia Conley for help.

Joyce's garden was chosen for her collection of interesting plants, koi pond and wonderful garden sculptures. Floyd, who is often behind the scenes helping and inspiring Joyce, joined in the presentation.

Also on the tour was the house next door to Joyce's. The next-door garden was designed, created and is now managed by Club member, Steven Bauer who does not own the house, but who was looking for a gardening project and asked permission to create something for the space. The house belongs to Congresswoman Slaughter of New York. To Steven's surprise, he discovered a buried treasure trove of white granite cobble stones which were used many years ago on the streets around the Capitol building. They now accent this lovely garden. 

To decrease the amount of early snowy morning shoveling, Floyd set up a path between the 2 gardens for Congresswoman Slaughter to use on her way to work. 

After touring these gardens, the group went to the U.S. Botanic Garden, the gardens at the Museum of the American Indian, and the Gardens of the Smithsonian.

Their tour was photographed by Joe Purdy, while Mary Ann Sroufe provided logistical support for their visit.

As a 'thank you', the NLAPW made a small financial donation to our Club.

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