Honey Harvesting, Soap Making, Gardening & Garden Tours in July

Join us this month for gardening, making jam preserves, soap and lavender wands – plus honey harvesting! 
squash 2016 july 1Vegetable Gardening
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Join us in the gardens. We always have a lot to do. At the start of July, corn, tomatoes and squash were just a few of the vegetables we have planted.

Jam Preserve Workshop – RESCHEDULED to Sept. 17
Questions and RSVP to gardenguild@gmail.com; $25 workshop fee/family.



Soap-Making Workshop
Saturday, July 23, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (1-hour lunch break while the soap cooks). Make a hot process traditional soap (with tallow) or a pure vegetarian soap and bring a bar of fresh soap home. Meet in the St. Bonaventure Conference Room. RSVP to gardenguild@gmail.com; $25 workshop fee/family.

imageHoney Extraction Workshops
Saturday, July 30, 9:30-12 p.m. and 12-2:30 p.m.
This is one of our most popular workshops! Just $25/family and you take home a bottle of fresh monastery honey. Space is limited. Please RSVP to gardenguild@gmail.com (note morning or afternoon session and number of people; meet upstairs in the greenhouse).

rose swirl 2016Weekly Garden Tours
Saturdays, 11 a.m. and 12 noon
Meet in front of the Visitors’ Center for a one-hour tour of the Franciscan Monastery gardens. Learn about the gardens, architecture and history – plus take a sneak peak behind the monastery.

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Franciscan Monastery Photo Contest (June 30 deadline)

Photo Contest Eblast header-01The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, with its beautiful church and gardens, is one of Washington’s hidden gems. Show us why by submitting your photos in the annual Franciscan Monastery Photo Contest. The deadline is June 30, 2016. The monastery is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC 20017. Learn more at myfranciscan.org or download the flyer and details here.

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Honey Harvesting Workshops Rescheduled

imageThe June 18 honey harvesting workshops have been rescheduled to July 30, 2016 (9:30-12 noon or 12 noon-2:30 p.m.).

Here’s a note from Joe Bozik about the reason for the change:

image“Unfortunately, due to the near historic wet spring, honeybees in the entire metropolitan area have not been able to effectively gather the peak nectar flows of flowering trees (tulip poplar & locust in particular). If it is raining, bees cannot fly. In fact, any honey in the hives has been consumed by the bees for food since they could not fly out as often. This is a very unusual situation and rarely experienced by Washington’s beekeeper community.

“Therefore, the FMGG has had to CANCEL our scheduled honey extraction of June 18 (this Saturday). The extraction workshops have been rescheduled to July 30, and all registrations transferred to the new date.”
To register or for questions (or refunds if you cannot make July 30), please contact us at gardenguild@gmail.com. Thank you!

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