For all of the DC/MD/VA gardeners who need a little more to invoke the season, Kathy Jentz has found a few things that we just might want to find time to do:
Historic and hyper-local…
In the Kitchen and Herb Garden:
Friday, April 26
Explore the traditional interdependence of kitchen and garden, moving between the1914 Tudor Place kitchen and the garden outside its door with Education Director Talia Mosconi and Director of Gardens & Grounds Suzanne Bouchard. Next, plant and learn to cultivate an indoor herb garden. Admission includes all materials needed for personal herb gardens plus a printed booklet of herb-based recipes including several from the Tudor Place kitchen.
Girl Scouts in Georgetown Day
Enchanting Garden Explorations
Saturday, April 27
Daisies and Brownies: 10-11:30 a.m.
Scouts become nature detectives during interactive tours and hands-on activities at one of Georgetown‘s most celebrated houses. Armed with magnifying glasses Scouts explore the many nooks and crannies, lawns and outdoor “rooms” of Tudor Place‘s 5.5 acres of historic gardens. After the tour, Girl Scouts plant their own flowers to take home.
Seeing Like a Curator: Sketching Salon
Friday, April 26
1- 3 p.m.
3rd of 3:
See March 22 for details.
Guided Garden Tours
Tudor Place Landscape
Tuesday, May 7
10- 11 a.m.
and monthly “first Tuesdays” through October
Immerse yourself in the lore of centuries-old trees, heirloom plants and flowers, and shapely English boxwood on a guided walk across 5.5 acres and two centuries of landscape design. Tudor Place reflects both its Federal-period origins and changes in land use over time; see first-hand how orchards, vegetable patches and stables made way for lawns, rose beds, and the lovely garden “rooms” of this urban estate, as four owners over six generations cared for and embellished the landscape.
Advance registration encouraged but not required.
April 19-20, 2013
Presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History Department
of Botany in collaboration with the United States Botanic Garden with
support from the Cuatrecasas Family Foundation
Avoiding Extinction: Contemporary Approaches to Conservation Science
Conservation science seeks to provide a rational framework for the
protection of species and their habitats. At the inception of the
discipline, scientists recognized that environmental problems, including
land use change and pollution effects, were significant challenges to
sustaining biodiversity. Scientists now acknowledge that, while these
problems remain, other issues such as invasive species, interspecific
hybridization, and climate change impose additional threats to species
survival. Furthermore, paleoecologists have used the fossil record to
contextualize the current loss of biodiversity based on knowledge of past
extinctions and paleoclimates, and now models of predicted future climates
are helping to anticipate new challenges.
Forty years ago, the U.S. Endangered Species Act was signed into law. This
landmark piece of legislation was designed to protect plant and animal
species from extinction based on our knowledge of conservation science at
the time. The Act has led to many success stories, primarily due to the
growing sophistication of the conservation science it spurred, but will not
be sufficient on its own to address new conservation goals. With new
landmark conservation legislation unlikely in the near future, how will
scientists continue to move forward in their quest to preserve biodiversity?
The 11th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, hosted by the Department of Botany
and theUnited States Botanic Garden, will highlight past efforts and new
threats to conservation goals, as well as new approaches underway that
promise to safeguard biodiversity both here in the U.S. and around the
world. The invited speakers will cover a wide range of endangered organisms,
with a special focus on plants, to illustrate the challenges of modern-day
conservation science in a rapidly changing world.
Registration and poster abstract submission will begin February 1, 2013.
Alexandria, VA 22309571-384-8845 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 571-384-8845 FREE firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, May 11, 10am-1pm
Instructor: JuJu Harris, Mobile Market Outreach Coordinator
At this fun, hands-on, you and your family will harvest fresh spring produce from Arcadia Farm, and together we’ll create a delicious lunch with the best of what the season has to offer. Chef JuJu Harris will include family-friendly cooking tips and recipes. Fee: $35. Register now for this workshop.
Location: Conservatory Terrace (Rain Location: Conservatory Garden Court and West Gallery)
George Mason University Founders Hall
3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington
Near Virginia Square & Clarendon Metro stops / Free parking
- An ACE of Cupcakes Contest in honor of ACE’s 35th anniversary. Contestant chefs will create anniversary cupcakes in celebration of ACE’s 35 years in the community.
- A ceremony recognizing the winner of and nominees to the George Mason University Green Patriot Award. This award recognizes an individual, business or organization that exemplifies sustainability in order to better civic life in the Arlingtoncommunity.
- Artistic rain barrels created through Mason’s Operation Rain Barrel, a fun, creative project with Arlington Public Schools that engages students in learning about environmental sustainability. All barrels will be judged and the top entries will garner prizes for their school. In addition, the artistic rain barrels will be auctioned off at the fair through a silent auction.
Other event activities include: seminars held in three breakout rooms, DIY tents, and activities for children. Parents are encouraged to bring their children so they can learn about the importance of environmental stewardship.
Registration for this event is required (either in advance or onsite on the day of the event). Online pre-registration is strongly encouraged for speedy check-in on the day of the event. Pre-registered attendees will receive a free raffle ticket and a special giveaway at check-in, while supplies last!
Pre-register now <http://ace-green-living-expo.eventbrite.com/>
Just a few of our varieties this year: Cherokee Purple, Cherokee Green, Kellogg’s Breakfast, White Currant, Black Cherry, Vorlon, Ananas Noire, German Johnson, Perth Pride, and many more!
For small gardens and containers, we have dwarf tomatoes: full-sized fruit on 3 to 4-foot plants, and they are delicious.
All proceeds go to support local FIRST LEGO Robotics teams. See our list of varieties atwww.RobotTomatoes.org. Happy Growing!