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 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 Thank you!

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June 2016 Events

NOTE: The honey harvesting workshops and the lavender wand-making workshops have been rescheduled to July. See below for the new dates.

tomatoes 2015 07Weekly Vegetable Gardening
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Meet at the greenhouse/vegetable garden. We always have lots to do!

imageNEW DATE: Honey 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 (note morning or afternoon session and number of people). If you registered for June 18, your registration has been transferred to the new date. Please contact us if you can’t make the July date.

lavender wands lo resNEW DATE: Lavender Wand-Making Workshop 
Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Learn how to make beautiful lavender wands from Jackie Dunlavey during the annual Holy Land Festival, held on July 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in front of the monastery. Free! Questions? Please contact us at

rose swirl 2016Garden Tours
Saturdays, 11 a.m. and 12 noon

There is something new to see every week! Join our FMGG volunteer guides for a walk through the gardens. Learn about the flowers and plants, history and architecture. Meet in front of the visitor center (tours through September)

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