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Centennial Garden

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In 2016, to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Takoma Horticultural Club, the Club decided to create a permanent memorial garden. Club leaders approached the City of Takoma Park with the request for a suitable spot. After looking at several parks and other spaces, the Club chose the empty lot at the corner of Piney Branch and Philadelphia. It presented many challenges – busy street traffic, compacted soil, a lot of shade, and  use as a cut through by pedestrians. Members of the THC worked with city staff to clear out weedy vegetation and to spread leaf mold and wood chips in preparation for planting. City staff continue to support the garden by delivering mulch and wood chips as well as occasionally watering in severe drought.

A simple plan was drawn up using a variety of sustainable plants chosen for their ability to thrive in the difficult environment while attracting pollinators. The garden installation began in the fall of 2016. Every year Club members add more plants.  Some plants have died, some have been moved to a better spot in the garden, and some have been taken out as unsuitable. The design continues to evolve as the plants grow and spread (or not!). Typical, as any gardener knows. Most of the plants are labeled, so visitors can know what the plants are.

We welcome helpers at the garden workdays! Look for the schedule on the THC listserv or on our Facebook group page. If you have questions about how you can volunteer, please contact  [email protected].

A Street map showing the Centennial Garden location at Philadelphia Ave and Piney Branch Rd.ed at the
The Centennial Garden is at the NW corner of Piney Branch Rd and Philadelphia Ave

Centennial Garden Workdays

Workdays are fun and a great way to get to know fellow gardeners and add beauty to our community. We meet every month during the growing season. Look for the workday schedule on the  THC Listserv and our Facebook Group page.

Please bring work gloves and a shovel, trowel, and any other tools you wish.  We will be weeding, spreading mulch, and planting depending on the season. Insect repellent and a bottle of water are recommended.

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Centennial Garden

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In 2016, to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Takoma Horticultural Club, the Club decided to create a permanent memorial garden.  Club leaders approached the City of Takoma Park with the request for a suitable spot. After looking at several parks and other spaces, the Club chose the empty lot at the corner of Piney Branch and Philadelphia. It presented many challenges – busy street traffic, compacted soil, a lot of shade, and  use as a cut through by pedestrians. Members of the THC worked with city staff to clear out weedy vegetation and to spread leaf mold and wood chips in preparation for planting. City staff continue to support the garden by delivering mulch and wood chips as well as occasionally watering in severe drought.

A simple plan was drawn up using a variety of sustainable plants chosen for their ability to thrive in the difficult environment while attracting pollinators. The garden installation began in the fall of 2016. Every year Club members add more plants.  Some plants have died, some have been moved to a better spot in the garden, and some have been taken out as unsuitable. The design continues to evolve as the plants grow and spread (or not!). Typical, as any gardener knows. Most of the plants are labeled, so visitors can know what the plants are.

We welcome helpers at the garden workdays! Look for the schedule on the THC listserv or on our  Facebook group page.  If you have questions about how you can volunteer, please contact  [email protected].

A Street map showing the Centennial Garden location at Philadelphia Ave and Piney Branch Rd.ed at the
The Centennial Garden is at the NW corner of Piney Branch Rd and Philadelphia Ave

Centennial Garden Workdays

Workdays are fun and a great way to get to know fellow gardeners and add beauty to our community. We meet every month during the growing season. The schedule is posted on the THC Listserv and on our Facebook group page.

Please bring work gloves and a shovel, trowel, and any other tools you wish.  We will be weeding, spreading mulch, and planting depending on the season. Insect repellent and a bottle of water are recommended.

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