GreenWheaton February Green Drinks
Thurs, Feb 25, 2016 5:30p-8p
Los Chorros Restaurant Wheaton MD

Construction equipment was put to use plowing streets after January's "Snowzilla" blizzard left more than 2 feet of snow on Wheaton's streets.  

Calendar Highlights

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Sat Feb 20 1pm -3pm
Artist Walking Tour of Wheaton

Meet at Veterans Park,
11200 Amherst Avenue.
Wheaton MD 20902

Sat Feb 20 9am -5pm
Taking Nature Black:
A Black History Month Celebration

8940 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase 20815

Wed, Feb 24 7-9pm
Eat at Home:
Why Buying Local Matters

Denizens Brewing Co.
1115 East-West HWY
Silver Spring 20910

Thur, Feb 25 5:30-8pm
Wheaton Green Drinks
Los Chorros
2420 Blueridge Avenue
Wheaton MD 20902
Come network with us!


Friday, June 24 2016
6pm - 9pm
Early Bird goes on sale
March 1

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In This Issue...

Raingarden Care in Winter
Welcome our new team member
Green Drinks Happy Hour
Artist Walks Return
MoCo Green Fest
Calendar of Area Events

Glenmont Park Clean Up A Success!

Despite extremely cold temperatures, a group of about 20 volunteers honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King by meeting to clean up the Glenmont Park on January 18. "The hardest part about the cold was not so much the temperature, but that much of the trash was frozen to the ground - luckily we were able to get most of it out, though!" said volunteer Madeline Rooney. Many children participated, and pulled out an assortment of items for removal, including bike parts and an old television set. Thanks to everyone who braved the cold and bundled up to help.

Welcome Alison Gillespie!

Green Wheaton is happy to welcome Alison Gillespie as our new Communications Manager. Alison is a long-time resident of the area, and an outspoken steward of our local parks and creeks. Her articles about sustainability have appeared in publications nationwide and is the author of the blog Where You Are Planted. Her book, Hives in the City ( tells the real-life stories of beekeepers seeking to keep honey bees alive in Mid-Atlantic cities. She'll be using her talents to help us tell the story of sustainability projects happening in our community.

February Green Drinks

Join Us
Thurs Feb 25, 2016
Los Chorros Restaurant

2420 Blueridge Avenue
Wheaton, Maryland 20902
(301) 933-1066

5:30p to 8:00p

Raingardens in Winter

Along many streets in the Metropolitan DC area, rain gardens have been placed in the right-of-ways in order to improve water quality in our creeks and the Chesapeake Bay.  These shallow pits filled with plants help to filter out pollutants that are picked up by fast-moving water as it flows over lawns, streets, and sidewalks during storms.

During the icy winter weather, people sometimes worry that rain gardens will clog up and stop working. But in a healthy, well-designed rain garden, porous soil mixes are combined with plants that don't mind a bit of extra water now and then, such as those you might find growing in a natural flood plain.

After a big rain storm, you'll see rain gardens fill up quickly, but within about a day or so most of them have dried out and no longer contain standing water. In the winter, ice sometimes forms in these planted areas. But experts say there is no reason to worry that the ice will cause the garden to stop working correctly.

But even when ice does form, scientists say it most likely will not cause the rain garden to stop working and should not cause concern.

Experts also point out that plowed and shoveled snow piles should not be placed in a rain garden and recommend fallen snow not be removed from the inside of a rain garden.

If you install a rain garden near a sidewalk, driveway or other type of paved area, you should also be careful when treating those surfaces for ice; standard de-icing agents can be incredibly harmful to plant and aquatic life in your garden. Even the more environmentally-friendly ice control agents can harm plants. You should also take care to avoid using abrasives like sand and gravel near rain gardens, since they may reduce the soil quality and drainage.

To learn more, check out this handy guide to routine rain garden maintenance published by the watershed group Blue Water Baltimore. 

This spring Green Wheaton will work to move our own rain garden, currently located around the "Welcome to Wheaton" sign in Reedie Triangle, to a new location in Wheaton.  We'll be seeking volunteers to make it happen.  Stay tuned!

(Parts of this text originally appeared as a blog post written by Alison Gillespie and were used with the author’s  permission.)  

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©2015 Joanne Miller

Artist Walks Return

DATE: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2016 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

LOCATION: Meet at Veterans Park, 11200 Amherst Avenue. Wheaton MD

Join artist Joanne Miller on a photographic journey through urban Wheaton. Bring your camera and walk along with Joanne as we photograph the nature in the downtown Central Business District (CBD). The walk is an opportunity for photography and conversation about personal vision and creative practice. Free and open to the public – all levels of photographers are welcome. 

Save the Date!

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Bring the whole family to Takoma Park on April 30 from 11-4 and enjoy the second Montgomery County GreenFest .  It will be a day to remember.

Join hundreds of your neighbors and local organizations to celebrate our amazing local environment and learn about the key role YOU play in keeping it healthy.

The Montgomery County GreenFest is a free event with something for everyone to enjoy.

Saturday, April 30
11am – 4pm
Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD ,

7500 Maple Ave
Takoma Park MD  

Do you work for an environmental business or nonprofit that would like to be an exhibitor at the GreenFest? 
Exhibitor Registration Opens Feb 16


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