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This blogspot is maintained for the the historic record from 2010 to 2014.

Who We Are

The Capitol Hill Garden Club brings together Washington area people interested in gardening, landscaping and the environment. Members enjoy lectures, demonstrations, workshops and tours.

We are a 501(c)(3) District of Columbia non-profit corporation. We undertake community projects and contribute to garden and beautification projects in our neighborhood. In past years the club donated thousands of spring flowering bulbs to groups and individuals for planting in public areas on Capitol Hill. Our income comes from membership dues and donations.

We are a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., National Capital Area Garden Clubs, Inc. and its District I, and the Central Atlantic Region of State Garden Clubs, Inc.

Monday, August 26, 2013

2013-2014 Membership Form

Capitol Hill Garden Club 2013-2014
Membership Form & Questionnaire

Please carefully read and complete this form (both sides) and mail it with your check, payable to Capitol Hill Garden Club, to Donna Brauth, CHGC Treasurer, 1100 Constitution Ave., NE, Washington DC 20002 – or bring your form and check/cash to a meeting.  Membership renewals for 2013-2014 are due by October 31, 2013.
All contributions over and above the dues are tax deductible.
Membership dues: $25 person ____   $45 couple ____ New Member____
Additional Tax Deductible gift _______________
            Total enclosed:           _______________
Name(s) __________________________________________
Street Address  _____________________________________
City, State, Zip  _____________________________________
Tel preferred (home/work/cell?)________________________  
Tel alternate (home/work/cell?) ________________________
Email (PRINT) ______________________________________

Fall Bulb Sale

The club’s primary source of income is selling spring-flowering bulbs from Holland every autumn at Eastern Market. All Capitol Hill Garden Club members are encouraged to help sell bulbs for one 2-hour stint. Sales begin Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29 and run for two-day weekends through October or until all bulbs are sold.  There will be a sign-up sheet for bulb sellers at meetings.  Also for the following essential tasks, please check where else you can help:
_______ Help once or more to transport bulbs to the market at 6:00-7:30 a.m. on a Saturday or Sunday.
_______ Help once or more to transport bulbs back to storage from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on a Sat. or Sunday.
SUVs and station wagons are especially welcome.

The Capitol Hill Garden Club only succeeds through active member participation.  In addition to the annual bulb sale, club by-laws strongly encourage members to serve on at least one committee or event of their choice.  Please sign up below for as many as you wish.
___ Communications.  Help with writing, editing and/or publishing the bi-monthly newsletter.  ___ Help to maintain the web site by answering inquires or posting  periodic updates to web content.
___  Community Projects. Help organize special projects to serve the community.
___  Membership.  Welcome new members by email, phone and at meetings; help raise awareness among underrepresented populations; with the treasurer, update and maintain membership records.         
___  2014-2015 Programs.  Help plan meeting programs for next year. (Committee meets once, in the Spring of 2014.)
___  Hospitality Committee. Help obtain, serve and manage clean-up of refreshments for a meeting or
        an event. This includes providing a plate of savory or sweet items from time to time.
___ Nominations Committee. Help indentify a slate of officer candidates for  the April 2014 election.
___  Watering Co-op.  Be part of a co-operative group who water one another’s gardens during absences.
___  By-laws Review. Help review club by-laws and recommend revisions. (Meets once bi-annually.)
Garden Design Consultation Committee.  Experienced gardeners offer suggestions on garden makeovers and
         garden designs for Club members requesting this free service.

___   Yes, I am an experienced gardener who would like to help.

___   Yes, I would like design assistance or advice for a garden makeover.

Please check any or all of the following events with which you could help:
Annual Greens Workshop, Wednesday Dec. 4, 2013   Please circle any or all below:
I will help: 1) bag greens, 2) set up before workshop, 3) clean up afterwards.
Annual Garden Party, May 29, 2014
___  I will help to plan and stage our annual garden party.

1.   Do you have special knowledge or skill on any aspect of gardening?  If so, please tell us about it so that we all can benefit from our in-house expertise, as the need may arise. 

2.  Do you have enough space in your house and garden that you would be willing to allow the club to hold a small      event? — such as our annual fall party, or our gathering after the spring garden walk. _______________

3. Can you recommend any large garden or space nearby suitable for our 2014 Garden Party

4.   Would you be willing to help organize an outing or field trip?  ___________ If “Yes” -- where to in the DC area:

5.   How do you get information about the Capitol Hill Garden Club?  ____________________________________
6.   I am ______ (yes or no) aware of events/classes offered through the National Capital Area Garden Clubs, Inc. 
      I plan to attend or participate in

8.  General Comments about, and Suggestions for, the Capitol Hill Garden Club

Sunday, August 25, 2013


2013-2014 Capitol Hill Garden Club Calendar

September 10, 2013
Bodacious Bulbs
The best time to think Spring is in the Fall. U.S. Botanic Garden horticulturist Adam Pyle will offer ideas for using the right bulbs and other spring blooming flowers for a fine show in our gardens.

September 28, 29, October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 2013
8:00 AM–5:00 PM*
Bulb Sale
The garden club’s sale of spring flowering bulbs at Eastern Market.  This fundraiser supports the club’s activities.
* Dates may be added due to inclement weather; September 29 only, 8:00 AM3:00 PM

September 29, 2013
3:00–5:00 PM
Fall Garden Party
All are welcome.  The board of directors encourages you to come to learn about more about the garden club and mix with friends and neighbors.  Location to be announced.

October 8, 2013 
Gardening in the Great Indoors
Cold weather needn’t spell an end to the many rewards of gardening. Regina Lanctot, Merrifield Garden Center’s expert on houseplants, will discuss plants that thrive indoors—how to promote their optimal growth, banish common pests, and other topics.
Adoption of 2013–2014 budget.

October 31, 2013
Membership Renewal Deadline for 2013-2014
Mail dues and completed membership questionnaire (available at to Donna Brauth, Treasurer, or submit at a meeting.

November 12, 2013
Favorite Perennial Introductions
Hillwood Estate lead gardener Jessica Bonilla will share some of her favorite perennials, including some recent introductions. She will let us know which perform reliably.

December 4, 2013 (Wednesday)
6:30 PM
Deck the Halls Workshop & Potluck
Join us in making wreaths, swags, and table arrangements.  (Members only. Prior registration and fee required.)

January 14, 2014
Let Me Tell You About My Garden
Three club members will each describe notable features of their gardens and their experiences as gardeners with visuals and Q&A.

February 11, 2014
The Nature of Ikebana 
Ikebana, an ancient floral art of Japan, has captured people’s attention because of its graceful lines and pleasing forms.  Diana Cull, a Master Teacher, will demonstrate how Ikebana reveals the beauty and vigor of its floral components.

March 11, 2014
John Bartram Lives
John welcomes you to witness horticultural history.  With passion and humor, he describes his influence on English and early American presidential gardens.

April 8, 2014
Designing With Texture to Make a Shady Garden Shine
Janet Draper, horticulturist, Smithsonian Gardens, will bring her creativity and experience with the Ripley Garden to shed light on designing our shady garden spaces.
Election of officers.

May 13, 2014
6:30 PM
Garden Walk
On this walking tour of our neighborhood, members share fellowship and the beauty of gardens in springtime.

May 31, 2014
6:00 PM
Annual Garden Party
The year’s finale is an elegant dinner, where members enjoy dining together in a garden setting. (Members and up to one guest per membership welcome.)