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In This Issue...
March Green Drinks to Help the Bees
Tree Boxes Help Reduce Pollution
Another Artist Walk Coming Up!
March Green Drinks
Date: Thurs Mar 24
Location: The Limerick Pub
11301 Elkin Street, Wheaton
"How to Help The Bees In Your Backyard"
North America's pollinators are in trouble, but there are lots of ways that everyone can help the bees, beetles, and other important and beneficial insects to thrive as they pollinate our urban neighborhoods. Join us to hear local author Alison Gillespie (who also runs Green Wheaton's communications) as she describes what ails the bees and some of the ways we can all help.
Drink and Food Specials - T-Shirts for Sale - Volunteer Opportunities
Got leftover or extra seeds to share from your garden? Seeds you didn't use last year, or seeds you harvested last year and want to share? Bring them to Green Drinks -- make sure they are labelled -- and be ready to trade with others.
Trees Planted in the Sidewalk?
You may have noticed that along some of Wheaton streets, trees have been planted into metal circles in the concrete.
Mary Travaglini, a Planning Specialist in charge of Montgomery County's Stormwater Facility Maintenance Program, explained via email that these specially engineered “tree boxes” are one of many ways the county is working to improve water quality in the watershed.
Below ground, under those metal covers, the tree boxes are filled with a very sandy, porous soil mix which acts as a filter when rain passes through. Pollutants are essentially sucked up by a mulch layer on the top of that soil, and also by some of the organic materials in the soil mix. These tree boxes also prevent trash and sediment from going downstream to our local creeks.
At the bottom, deep under the street and sidewalk, a pipe with small holes sits in a layer of gravel which allows the newly-filtered water to drain back out to the nearest storm drain, or to a buried gravel area. These boxes are cleaned out once or twice a year, the mulch is replaced, and the sediment, leaves, and trash are removed. They can only be planted with a small tree or shrub because there is not enough soil and the conditions are too harsh to support a canopy or street tree. Plants may or may not need to be replaced over time.
Become a Master Naturalist
MD Master Naturalist Training begins
March 18 at Brookside Nature Center.
Register and learn more:
ARTIST WALKING TOUR:
SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016
1:00PM – 3:00 PM
Meet at Veterans Park
11200 Amherst Avenue.
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.
Joanne Miller and GreenWheaton are collaborating on a year-long Wheaton Arts and Culture Grant. To learn more about this project and upcoming events go to the www.greenwheaton.org/greenarts
This project is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.