Harvest Time!

Enjoy some photos of our July 8, 2015 harvest (126 pounds!). Join us every Wednesday morning and evening, and Saturday morning to volunteer in the garden. For evening gardening (5-8 p.m.), contact Lou Maroulis at gardenguild@gmail.com.
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Sacred Heart VITA Youth Group (NJ) Volunteers with Garden Guild

We had a great day with members of the Sacred Heart VITA Youth Group, from the Archdiocese of Newark, who volunteered with the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild on June 29 and July 1, 2015.  A special thanks to Fr. Stephen Fichter and Susan Jansson for contacting us.

Sacred Heart NJ VITA volunteers 2 Sacred Heart NJ VITA volunteers june-july 2015

We are grateful for the heavy lifting the group provided, which included:

  • Moving luminaria to the root cellar (including broken ones in the greenhouse)
  • Collecting rocks throughout the garden to facilitate lawn mowing and rototilling
  • Moving flower pots by the root cellar entrances and wooden pallets into the greenhouse
  • Labeling wooden pallets ‘FMGG’
  • Weed whacking the hill below pumpkin patch and areas throughout Fr. Francis’ Garden
  • Mowing the lawn throughout Fr. Francis’ Garden
  • Removing compost, black plastic tarp in the rose garden; and weeds from rose garden and greenhouse’s interior
  • Moving obsolete items to the dumpster
  • Removing plastic tarp and wooden pallets above the root cellar’s stair house
  • Adding flexible fencing at all fenced tomato rows (to keep deer out)
  • Planting angel trumpet plants in front of the main gate to the monastery and in and in Fr. Jim’s Insect Garden
  • Planting banana trees in back of Monastery
  • Collecting tree limbs and branches felled during heavy thunderstorm

If your youth or young adult group is interested in volunteering with the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild, contact Lou or Joe at gardenguild@gmail.com.

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Soap-making Workshop July 18

Join the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild for a soap-making workshop on July 18, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (includes a one-hour break for lunch on your own while the soap cooks).

soap cartoonThis fun and informative workshop will include a brief history of soap making, proper procedures for handling lye, information on why it is important to know what is in your soap, properties of oils and fats that make a successful soap  – AND a chance to make your own hot process traditional soap with tallow – or a pure vegetarian soap.

Cost: Just $25 for the day, which includes a bar of soap you make to take home (it will still be in a mold so it has time to mature).

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Location: The workshop will be in the Monastery’s Sacred Heart Conference Room, near the gift shop, 1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC 20017.

RSVP: To help us plan, please RSVP to gardenguild@gmail.com by July 17.

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Honey Harvesting This Weekend – June 20

The only honey harvesting this summer is Saturday, June 20. We’ll have two sessions: 9-12 noon and noon-3 p.m., at the greenhouse behind the Franciscan Monastery (1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC 20017).


This is a hands-on workshop led by the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild’s chief fillingbeekeeper Joe Bozik; each session is limited to 15 people. The $25 workshop fee includes one bottle of honey.

Because of limited space, reservations are required. Please email your name(s) and which session (morning or afternoon) to gardenguild@gmail.com.

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Thank you Casey Trees!

Thanks to our Brookland neighbor, Casey Trees, for donating 13 trees to the Franciscan Monastery, and working with the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild to plant those plus more trees and 20 shrubs near the hermitage (which USA Today Travel just included on a “quietest places in America” list) on June 10, 2015.

Casey Trees & the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild

Casey Trees & the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild

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