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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) non-profit corporation. We undertake community projects and contribute to garden and beautification projects in our neighborhood. In recent 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 selling spring flowering bulbs at Eastern Market every autumn, from membership dues and donations.

We are a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., and District I of National Capital Area Garden Clubs, Inc.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

USDA Seeks Apple Tasters

          Tell us how you like Fresh-cut Apple

USDA needs a Hundred and Twenty Volunteers to taste apple slices on Wednesday, or Thursday, or Friday of next week (November 20, 21, or 22), at 10:30, 1:30, 2:15, or 3:15

A project in the Food Quality Lab is aimed at developing high quality, tasty fresh-cut apples to eat at home, in restaurants, or on the go.  We need people to taste apple slices and tell us what they like or dislike.  The only requirement to participate is that you generally enjoy eating apples.

You will taste two types of apples and rate their taste/flavor acceptability.  All are commercial varieties, grown commercially, and freshly sliced in our fresh-cut preparation room.

 Our aim is to determine what apple flavor and texture attributes YOU like.

Please email or call Eunhee Park to make an appointment: eunhee.park@ ars.usda.gov or phone 504-6982.  Please provide both your email address and phone number so we can contact you to confirm your appointment (and remind you when to come!).

Tasting is done in the Sensory Evaluation Facility (Taste Panel) Rm.004, ground floor of Bldg. 002.  We must schedule ten appointments at a time to ensure that panels are completed efficiently.  It is really important that you come on time, so your fellow panelists don't have to wait for you.
  
                Thanks for your participation in this research.

Eunhee Park and Bruce Whitaker  
Food Quality Lab                                                                                                    

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Perennial Favorites of the Hillwood Gardeners.

Favorite and Reliable Perennial Introductions was the topic for Jessica Bonilla and Drew Asbury, gardeners from the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens.  They featured a variety of recently introduced perennial cultivars which due well in our Zone 7 from shade to sun, wet to dry, good soil to poor.  [See list below.]
Jessica Bonilla


Drew Asbury


EJ has a Question.













The bulbs remaining from the annual bulb sale fundraiser were steeply discounted.





Favorite and Reliable Perennial Introductions
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens
Jessica Bonilla & Drew Asbury
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Baptisia australis, False Blue Indigo
Verbena bonariensis, Tall Verbena
Agastache rupestris, Sunset Hyssop
Perovskia atriplicifolia, Russian Sage
Verbascum 'Southern Charm', Showy Mullein
Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldstrum', Black-Eyed Susan
Sedum rupestre
'Angelina', Angelina Stonecrop
Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy', Pineapple L
ily
Nepeta x faassenii 'Walker's Low', Catmint
Chrysanthemum 'Sheffield Pink', Hardy Mum
Echinacea purpurea 'Mag
nus', Purple Coneflower
Amsonia hub
richtii, Arkansas Blue Star
Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum', Japanese Painted Fern
Hellebo
rus orientalis, Lenten Rose
Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold', Japanese Forest Grass
L
ysimachia nummularia 'Aurea', Creeping Jenny
T
iarella 'Elizabeth Oliver', Foam Flower
Primula japonica, Japanese Primrose
Chelone Iyonii 'Hot Lips', Pink Turtlehead
Liriope 'Monroe White', Lily Turf
Astilbe chinensis 'Superba', Chinese Astilbe
Astilbe chinensis 'Pumila', Chinese Astilbe
Epimedium perra
lchicum 'Frohnleiten', Barrenwort

Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum', Variegated Solomon's Seal
Trillium grandiflorum, Wood Lily
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, Plumbago
Heuchera 'Caramel', 'Citronelle' & 'Mocha', Coral Bells
Hosta 'Krossa Regal', Hosta
Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears', Hosta
Acarus gramineus 'Minimus Aureus', Dwarf Golden Sweet Flag
Geranium 'Rozanne
', Cranesbill
Stokesia laevis 'Peachie's Pick', Stokes' Aster
Phlox paniculata 'Shortwood', Garden Phlox
Eupatorium fistulosum, Joe Pye Weed
Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard', Adam's Needle
Panicum virgatum 'Northwind', Switch Grass
New and Exciting
Thalictrum 'Black Stockings', Meadow Rue
Kniphofia Popsicle Series, Poker Plant
Coreopsis 'Mercury Rising',
. Tickseed
Helenium autumnale Mariachi Series, Sneezeweed
Brunnera macrophylla 'Alexander's Great', Siberian Bugloss
Lobelia cardinalis 'Black Truffle', Cardinal Flower
Delosperma 'Fire Spinner', Ice Plant
Agave neomexicana, New Mexico Hardy Century Plant
Agave salmiana 'Crazy Horse', Crazy Horse Hardy Century Plant
Schizachyrium scaparium 'Standing Ovation', Little Bluestem
Sporobolus wrightii 'Windbreaker', Giant Sacaton Grass