Friday, April 30, 2010

2010 Garden Walk

An annual tradition since that day decades ago when David Healy and Ellen Davis created the first walk, Capitol Hill Garden Club members tour the gardens of their own neighborhood while spring is still in bloom.

This year the walk STARTS at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at the garden shop "Surroundings" on the southeast corner of Lincoln Park, 11th and North Carolina Avenue SE.

It ENDS near 8th & A Streets SE (in case you want to park near the end rather than the start).

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tallamy Native Plant Landscapes to Promote Healthier Ecosystems

April 13, 2010: Dr. Doug Tallamy of the University of Delaware addressed the Capitol Hill Garden Club on the need to re-introduce native plants into residential neighborhoods and subdivisions to preserve native wildlife and promote healthier ecosystems for human habitation. Dr. Tallamy shared his research into insect and bird life on native plants as compared with non-native plants often championed by commercial landscapers and horticultural interests.

His list of suggested native plants for the Mid-Atlantic can be found here. Other sources for native plants by region are here and here.

Following the talk, he autographed his book Bringing Nature Home--How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants.