The Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild wishes to thank the following:
- The 165 benefactors who supported the 14th Annual Christmas Luminaria Program. With their support , 1,040 candles remembering their friends and love ones burned brightly throughout the Rosary Portico and the Portiuncula Chapel during the seven days between Christmas and New Year’s.
- The Leisure World of Maryland Woodshop Users Group members who built 300 new luminaria lanterns for the Guild as a community service project. The additional lanterns replaced aging ones and increased our lanterns within the Portico to 948 this year, using almost the complete capacity of both sides of the Portico.
In addition, we hope our membership and friends saw the wonderful photograph of the Monastery’s Guardian, Father Larry Dunham, blessing the luminaria lantern candles during the “lighting of the candles” ceremony on Christmas Eve that appeared in The Washington Post on Christmas Day.
Images of the Luminaria
The greenhouse and gardens at the Franciscan Monastery are always blooming somewhere even on this near freezing cold day in February. I found this beatify little grouping of succulents wintering over in the greenhouse. The amazing pink flowers contrasting against the many shades of greens are a nice reminder of how each season holds a surprise. If you love gardening, we are always seeking new members and offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities. Contact us for more information
Our 14th annual Luminaria Program is soon here! Hundreds of glowing luminaria candles will line the Rosary Portico, symbolizing a welcoming pathway into our homes and hearts for peace and joy this season. Please consider joining us when the luminarias (seven-day candles) will be lighted in the churchyard on Christmas Eve at 1pm, and continue
twinkling for seven days and nights until New Year’s Eve, a Monastery tradition for fourteen years!
Fill out the 2013 Luminiari Program Flyer and send it in to reserve your spot
Mark your calendars, the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild’s Annual Herb and Plant Sale is right around the corner. The official dates and times are April 27, 10 am-6 pm and April 28, 9 am-3 pm. As always the address is 1400 Quincy Street NE, Washington, DC 20017.
This year is going to unique due the large number of plants that we have propagated in our historic greenhouse. We will be showcasing a wide variety of plants that highlight different portions of gardens. We have Angel Trumpets, Pomegranates, Siberian Iris, and Roses to name a few.
As always we will have an amazing selection of herbs, vegetables, annuals, perennials, roses, shrubs, fruit trees, camellias, azaleas and more!
Come out and enjoy the day.