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About 50 residents who live near Vermont Avenue NW turned out Saturday to beautify the meridian that runs from S Street to the Florida Avenue Triangle. The volunteer group planted rose bushes, shrubs and petunias, and did general maintenance work on the strip that runs one-quarter mile from through the U Street corridor. The brick crossing on the 1900 block of Vermont was also upgraded.
See photos from Saturday’s Vermont Avenue Gardens event.
Coordinator Jeffrey Willis said the African American Civil War Memorial served as sponsor and made a $500 donation. He said that funds to purchase plants and supplies were donated by Urbanland Company and Urban Brokers Realty. Mulch was provided by the National Park Service and safety cones came from Fort Meyers Construction.
Local restaurants and pubs also pitched in with free meals for the volunteers, according to Willis. Nellie’s Sports Bar provided breakfast, lunch came from Duffy’s Irish Pub and free drinks were offered later during the event at 9:30 Club.
This was the sixth year in a row that volunteers have done maintenance-gardening work on the Vermont Avenue meridian. If you want to get involved with the Vermont Avenue Gardens group, contact Willis at email@example.com.