The Pope John Paul II rose, selected for the Vatican Gardens in his memory, is now available for your own garden. This white, citrus-scented rose plant, nurtured by the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild, may be pre-ordered for pick-up in mid-June. The $40 cost includes a commemorative prayer card and medal. Proceeds benefit the preservation of the historic gardens of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land. Supplies are limited.
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The Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild will be hosting the Potomac Rose Society’s annual rose symposium at the Franciscan Monastery Saturday, May 3 from 9:00–3:00.
Come and learn how to grow beautiful roses at our one-day symposium. Experienced rose growers will guide you through the yearly cycle of rose-care and dispel a few myths along the way. Topics include: types of roses, recommended roses, where to buy, where and how to plant, fertilizing, pruning, watering, and seasonal care.
Registration for the symposium is only $45 and includes all lectures, handout materials, and a catered lunch.
Non-members will receive a complimentary membership in the Potomac Rose Society for the remainder of 2014, which includes a subscription to our award winning newsletter, The Capital Rose.
Current PRS members can register for a reduced fee of $35.00
For question and more information, contact Jay Jensen at 301-460-1793
Potomac Rose Society Symposium Flyer
Potomac Rose Societys symposium registration FINAL
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 26, 10 am-6 pm and April 27, 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.
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