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

Turtle Park Clean Up

April 09, 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Turtle Park Clean Up


CSX Corporation has awarded a $2,000 grant to the garden club for our work in Turtle Park, the city park just north of Eastern Market. The company has established a grant program that will provide alleviation to residents directly affected by their Virginia Avenue Tunnel project and for beautification projects in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The CHGC is very grateful for this grant, as it will enable us to bring the Turtle Park back to its role as a showplace of Capitol Hill.


Longtime garden club member, Muriel Martin-Wein cared for the park for many years. She collected money from neighbors, convinced the city to do work in the park, arranged to have broken turtles replaced, coordinated work days, and hung many birdhouses. As her health began to restrict her activities, Muriel was less able to do these things, but her spirit remains strong and she retained her interest in the park.


Last winter, the Community Projects Committee of the club decided to sponsor a work day at the park to begin the renovation. The effort began with the application to CSX for grant monies to be used for materials and plants. The work at Turtle Park began on April 9, with a large turnout of CHGC members and nearby residents. This stalwart group pulled weeds and invasive bushes, planted rosemary, Hellebores, and liriope, and laid 75 bags of mulch on the park through rain and snow. (See story below.) The following day, a small group of members came to continue the work. Muriel was present on both days to help direct the work in the garden beds. Since then, she has recruited volunteers to help her complete the renovation work. She plans to continue this work in an effort to control the weeds and provide water to plants that need it. The Community Projects Committee will plan another major work day in the fall to lay mulch and plant spring-blooming bulbs, additional perennials, and perhaps a small tree or two. Because all the work will be done by volunteers, the funds from CSX will go far.


Thus far, the garden club project to renovate the park has been a great success. But we all know that weeds are persistent. If any club member or community resident would like to help Muriel over the rest of the spring and through the summer, please call her at 202-546-8977. And, she is still collecting birdhouses and donations to purchase them. Muriel also has several birdhouses that had hung in the park but need repair. If anyone knows of a person who could do the simple woodwork to repair these birdhouses, please let Muriel know. With CSX funds, the club will pay for materials. Muriel would like to hang a large number of birdhouses in the park so our neighborhood children can search for them, as did generations past when 75 birdhouses hung in the park.


Additional photos from this event may be found on our Facebook page.





































Turtle Park Clean Up


Members of the Capitol Hill Garden Club, with the help of other neighbors, rallied in the Spring snow on April 9th to do a ‘clean up’ project at Turtle Park near Eastern Market on Capitol Hill.


Longtime CHGC member Muriel Martin-Wein has cared for this park and encouraged neighbors and garden club members to help her. She can no longer do the gardening work herself, but was present to advise as to the various tasks to be done. About 2 dozen people were there to work!


Additional photos from this event may be found on our Facebook page.


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