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Beautification and community-building at their best


Here’s an update on the Vermont Avenue Gardens in downtown D.C., which is produced and maintained by a  very civic-minded group that includes local businesses and politicians and a bunch of neighbors. One of those neighbors is Behnkes own Jeffrey Willis, director of our Landscaping Division, who serves as Coordinator of the Vermont Avenue Gardens.  He summed up the event as follows:

We were blessed with beautiful spring weather & enthusiastic volunteers, who spend several hours tending to the 1/4 mile of street gardens here.  Thanks to all who contributed!Approximately 50 good folks hit the street around 9am last Saturday, after stoking up on breakfast from . Nellie’s Sports Bar & a tour of the new African American Civil War Museum, our sponsor.

Jeffrey Willis coordinating the project.

Safety cones were kindly delivered by Fort Myers Construction.  Mulch & tools were generously delivered by the U.S. Park Service & staged at Grimke’s DC Fire & Rescue parking lot & King Gas.

Behnke Nurseries & Landscaping, my employer, provided discounted & free plants & materials & loaned equipment.  Drinks were brought by the 9:30 Club.  Trash was promptly picked up by DC Solid Waste.

Most volunteers carried on to about 1pm, when we wrapped up with complimentary ala cart fare & brews at m Duffy’s Irish Pub.  Special thanks to Andy Duffy for a great lunch.

Special thanks also to Urbanland and Urban Realtors, neighborhood businesses who again made major financial contributions to fund the event.

The result is 4 blocks (including 9 1/2 Street) of blooming, manicured gardens that will only look better in the coming weeks as other plants add their colors.  Drop by to enjoy the show!

For more pictures & commentary on the event, see the story on Borderstan.  And thanks to all who supported & participated!

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