Bolton Hill Notes

Bolton Hill Garden Club plant and garden shed sale is back, Saturday, April 23

After a two-year hiatus, the Bolton Hill Garden Club’s spring plant sale will return to Fitzgerald Park (corner of Bolton and Wilson streets) Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until sold out. A variety of annuals, perennials, herbs and baskets will be sold in a market-style setting. In support for Ukrainian refugees, BHGC also will sell pre-planted peat pots with sunflower seeds, Ukraine’s national flower, with proceeds donated to the United Nations refugee agency.

This year’s event will include a garden shed sale. Community members are invited to donate gardening items in good and clean condition to be sold to help neighbors with their spring planting and enhance their stoops, window boxes and garden spaces. The following items are anticipated for sale:

  • Garden tools, garden gloves, antique-vintage-new indoor decorative cache pots and flowerpots
  • Outdoor urns, planters, flowerpots, and window boxes
  • Trellises, fencing and edging, tomato cages, plant stakes, labels, twine
  • Unused potting soil, topsoil, and mulch
  • Bird baths and garden statuary; outdoor furniture, patio umbrellas
  • Bird or bat houses
  • Steppingstones and pavers

Donated items will be received on Friday, April 22 from 8 a.m. to noon at 1732 Bolton St. (Mason St. alley side) or by appointment. For further information or to make an appointment contact: Lisa Johnson: or (202) 997-5965.

Tree planting next Saturday morning. Volunteers needed

BHCA’s Greening Committee and Midtown Benefits will host a neighborhood tree planting Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m-1 p.m. Volunteers are needed, no experience or equipment is necessary. Meet at Fitzgerald Park, Bolton and Wilson streets.

Makeover Day at Contee-Parago Park

The Friends of Contee-Parago Park on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be creating new planting beds, removing non-native plants including irises, daffodils and daylilies (which will be given away to volunteers), installing over 1,400 new plants, and unveiling new signage. The plan that was developed by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers contains over 90% native plants.

Midtown adds graffiti removal to its roster of services; Dumpster Day is coming

Midtown Benefits District has begun graffiti removal from public spaces in Bolton Hill and its three other neighborhoods. If you encounter graffiti, contact their staff. They’ve also arranged a spring cleaning Dumpster Day, with a dumpster dropped at the corner of Park Avenue and Wilson Street for most of the day on May 12. Stay tuned for more details.

Midtown operations staff have begun wearing new red uniforms that, Midtown says, provide better functionality. The tax-supported benefits district, which serves Bolton Hill and three other neighborhoods, announced the addition of two new staff: Kimberley “Shae” Davis, operations manager, a Hampton, VA, native; and Kaitlin Newman, social media manager, who has worked as a photojournalist in DC and Baltimore.

St. Francis Neighborhood Center has a leadership change

Christi Green, executive director of St. Francis Neighborhood Center for the past decade, is leaving. Torbin Green (not related) is the interim director after 10 years as a volunteer and more recently program manager and teacher. Christi Green will become executive director of the statewide Maryland Coalition of Families.

Since 1963 the center, with its new expanded facility at 2405 Linden Ave., has served children from low-income families in Reservoir Hill and neighborhoods west of Bolton Hill with after-school and summer enrichment programs. SNFC’s annual fundraising event, this year in person, is themed “Spring in Paris” on May 6 from 7-10 p.m.

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– Bill Hamilton