Burleith Garden Club
Founded in 1926, the Burleith Garden Club played an important part in the development of the neighborhood until it was disbanded around 2000. Reborn in 2015, the club meets periodically in members' gardens to share gardening expertise, explore group purchasing, and participate in seminars and outings. To receive email notification about Garden Club activities, email ContactBurleithGardenClub@gmail.com.
March 20 – After club members assembled at Angela Iovino's house, Mary Pat Rowan, a botanist with the Native Plant Society of Maryland, led them to Glover Archbold Park where she explained how to identify various trees and wildflowers.
November 15 – The last meeting of 2015 was held at the home of Carol Cavanaugh on 37th Street, where eight members enjoyed a wide-ranging discussion.
October 18 – The sixth meeting took place at the home of Francine Steininger on T Street. We delighted in her newly landscaped front and back gardens ready for winter vegetables and for spring blooms. The conversation ranged from fertilizing, to the organization River Smart, to which winter mulch to use. A creative idea came up about preparing paper whites and amaryllis for holiday decoration.
September 20 – Members met at Susan Mettler's lovely walled garden. Landscaper Kathleen Osore from Gardens For All Seasons was our guest speaker. And since summer is now officially over, Kathleen shared tips for adding perennial beauty to our gardens by introducing a seemingly endless variety of bulbs. But a word of caution: it's still too early to plant them ... wait until after the first frost for that!
August 23 – Members met at Amanda Lepof’s home on S Street into which she and her husband moved in January. Valentine Garcia Jr. joined the jovial group to share tips on gardening and to get to know our members. His firm, Valentine Gardens, provides garden design and maintenance services throughout the DC area; Georgetown Lutheran Church and the Montrose Park rose garden are nearby examples of his work. Rebecca Peterson distributed several brochures and books on roses and perennials with an eye to fall planting.
June 7 – The second meeting took place at co-chair Rebecca Peterson's garden. Due to late spring torrential rain, the Arlington Rose Show at Merrifield Garden Center was too small to make it worth while to attend after the meeting.
May 3 – The first meeting of the revived garden club took place at co-chair Angela Iovino's garden where the attendees enjoyed a session of personal garden stories, mutual admiration for the azaleas in bloom (some as old as 40 years and transplanted from parental gardens), and hints on how to keep roses blooming. The group of nine attendees visited each others' gardens proving our neighborhood has great diversity: delicate variegated ground growth for shade, three-terraced sun gardens for vegetables and flowering bushes, wild English gardens, and maple fronds draping a rock pond.