Taking a cue from our neighbors in Bloomingdale, for a while I have dreamt of Shaw’s tree boxes bursting with tulips each spring. I think such spring blossoms would make our neighborhood look even more beautiful and inviting to residents, merchants and visitors alike.
To that end, Frank Asher of Old City Green and I are organizing a tree box tulip planting event for the morning of October 31, 2009. While the ultimate goal is to plant tulip bulbs in every tree box in Shaw along Seventh and Ninth Streets north of the convention center, this first planting will focus on the tree boxes between N Street and Rhode Island Avenue (the 1300, 1400 and 1500 blocks of Ninth Street). Each tree box in those blocks will receive two dozen tulip bulbs -- a mix of purple, red and dark purple tulips (see images to right for the tulips we've chosen). In conjunction with the tulip planting, the tree boxes will also receive additional mulch and soil.
The planting will kick off at Old City Green at 9:00 a.m. on October 31. We’ll have coffee, instructions, supplies, and maybe a few tools (bring your own gloves and trowels if you have them). We’ll assign volunteers tree boxes and send everyone their way. Other exciting surprises will be in store – as well as a festive and fun Halloween feel to the morning – but that’s all I’ll share for now.
Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can lend a hand in planting bulbs on October 31, as we need a rough headcount.
Shaw Treebox Tulip Planting
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Meet at Old City Green at 9:00 a.m.
If you plan to attend, email me at email@example.com
NOTE -- This project is being made possible by the generous support of several organizations (such as Shaw Main Streets and Shiloh Baptist Church), all of whom we’ll honor in the weeks to come and at the event.