Burleith Garden Club
Founded in April 1926, the Burleith Garden Club played an important part in the development of the neighborhood for almost 75 years until it was disbanded around 2000. Like the forsythia that heralds the birth of spring after a long cold winter, the Burleith Garden Club was reborn in April 2015 under the leadership of Rebecca Peterson and Angela Iovino. BCA members who love gardening are welcome to join the newest—and the oldest—Burleith Special Interest Group.
Mission Statement: To allow neighbors to share gardening expertise, discover each others' gardens, explore group purchasing, and participate in seminars and outings. Share your secret gardens!
To receive email notification about Garden Club activities, contact Rebecca and Angela at 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.
- July 12 – The July meeting was cancelled as there were too few responses. Presumably many of the club's members were vacationing somewhere exotic.
- 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.