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.
Our Annual Easter Lily and Palm Cross Sale is here. We have unpacked and wrapped well over 500 Easter lilies. Come out visit the gardens and make a purchase.
FRANCISCAN MONASTERY MARCH 23, 2013 Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
1400 Quincy Street, NE, Washington, DC MARCH 24, 2013 Sunday 8 am – 3 pm
Today a large group of volunteers worked in the greenhouse assembling Palm Crosses for Easter. This is a special time of the year for many reasons. Mark Brzozowski is hard at work with palm fronds and wooden frames to make these beautiful creations.
On Sunday, March 17, the Potomac Rose Society will present a program detailing the
procedures for preparing a rose for show or just to fully enjoy the beauty of the bloom.
This presentation will take place at the Franciscan Monastery at 2 pm and the public is
Mr. John Smith will show the attendees how to groom the bud to take full advantage of
its beauty and will be extremely helpful to those who want to compete in the various local
shows as well as those who want to display their cut roses to fullest advantage in their
Arrangements have been made to allow some of the attendees to try their hand at this
endeavor under the watchful eye of Mr. Smith. John’s credentials are outstanding. Not
only is he and his wife, extremely successful in rose competitions throughout the Mid-
Atlantic Region but he is a very successful rose hybridizer having introduce “Randy
Scott” and “Snuffy” both Hybrid Tea Roses that are racing to the top of the American
Rose Society’s leading roses.
This is a chance to learn from the “Best” — but space is limited and preregistration is
required. Please call Ben Hill @ 703-356-1019′
March is a busy time of the year for the Garden Guild at the Franciscan Monastery. We are finishing up with pruning more than 1000 roses, preparing the soil in the gardens with the right amendments and working on our bee hives. There are always plenty of thing to do.
In the coming weeks we will be preparing for the Easter Lily Sale and our annual Plant Sale. If you interested in becoming a member or being informed of upcoming events drop us a line in our comment box. While we can’t stop and smell the roses yet we can enjoy and early flush of daffodils.
Easter is less than two months away and the annual Easter Lilly and Palm Cross sale is fast approaching. The Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild offers on Palm Sunday weekend, the quality lilies we have become known for at our annual Easter Lily Sale. Lilies or palm crosses may also be donated to the Church to decorate for Easter. Pre-orders are welcomed and will very much assist planning efforts. The dates of the sale are Saturday March 23 from 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday March 24, 2013 from 8 am – 3 pm
You can download the sale form and mail it to FMGG, PO Box 29059, Washington, DC 20017
This week brought us an outbreak of blooms from our Mother of Thousands Plant also called Alligator Plant, or Mexican Hat Plant. We have several of these blooming in the greenhouse at the moment. The plant is a succulent native to Madagascar. I am not sure how it ended up at the greenhouse but as the name suggests, it spreads pretty easily. You can find out more information from Wikipedia. One item to note is that all parts of the plant are poisonous and can be fatal if ingested by infants or small pets.
On one of the coldest days of the year, the Garden Guild received a package of echinacea plugs that will be matured in the greenhouse over the coming months. We received three varieties to include Big Sky™ Sundown, Profusion and Pica Bella. These range in color from pale pink to a vibrant orange. Some of the echinacea will go on the grounds of the Monastery and others are destined for the plant sale. Hopefully the greenhouse will stay warm enough during these frigid days.