by Courtney Brown August 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm 0

Photo via Facebook : City BlossomsAn annual potluck centered around basil is coming back for another year.

City Blossoms, a nonprofit dedicated to urban farming, is set to hold its seventh annual “Basil Bonanza” at Marion Street Intergenerational Garden (1521 Marion St. NW) this Friday from 6-8 p.m.

“Join us to celebrate summer and basil,” the nonprofit’s website said. The “potluck style celebration” will have participants bring any homemade dish that includes the leafy green herb.

A contest has also been set for the potluck, according to City Blossom’s website. Local judges will decide who made the best basil dish in the community.

Judges will pick the best basil dish for these six categories:

  • Fire Cryer (hot)
  • Boom Suga Basil (sweet)
  • Basil Bunch (anything with basil)
  • Besto Pesto (pesto)
  • Viva la Vegan (best vegan dish with basil)
  • BasilBomb.com (overall best)

Here’s additional information on City Blossom from its website:

City Blossoms provides bilingual, free, and affordable after-school, in-school, and summer programming to predominantly Latino and African-American youth ranging from ages two through teens. We serve neighborhoods in which children and youth may not otherwise have access to green space. Since 2009, City Blossoms has worked on 42 sites in Washington DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.

Washington DC is our home base where we test and innovate new ideas for designing and implementing urban gardens that are communal, educational, artistic expressions of their surroundings. Currently City Blossoms is working at 13 sites in Washington DC, including 10 gardens on educational campuses and two Community Green Spaces where we continue to experiment and develop our ideas.

To disseminate what we learn, City Blossoms develops partnerships with schools and community-based organizations both in our home, Washington DC, and across the country. We accomplish this with a team of knowledgeable consultants and educators who share our unique brand of gardens, science, art, health instruction, and community building.

Photo via Facebook / City Blossoms

by Tim Regan July 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

Bacon Brothers, photo courtesy of City Blossoms

A small crowd of locals can now argue they’re just one degree from Kevin Bacon.

Bacon — along with brother Michael — played a surprise pop-up concert in the Girard Children’s Community Garden on Saturday.

The Bacon brothers played several songs and chatted with members of the public and volunteers from City Blossoms, a local non-profit dedicated to using food and art to develop green garden spaces.

Naturally, several people in attendance took to Twitter to show their appreciation.

Photo courtesy of City Blossoms

by Jared Holt July 16, 2015 at 1:00 pm 0

City Blossoms Dig the Soil

Shaw residents can grab a blanket and pedal over to a community garden for a free outdoor film tonight.

Organizers at the Marion Street Intergenerational Garden (1521 Marion St. NW) are inviting residents to sample fresh harvested food from the garden and learn about bike repair, starting at 7:15 p.m.

Volunteers from The Bike House will lead a “Fix-a-Flat” tire repair workshop at the garden before the film starts at 8:30 p.m.

The garden’s organizers from City Blossoms are showing the animated film, “The Triplets of Bellville.”

Image via Facebook.com/CityBlossoms

by Borderstan.com October 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm 1,270 0


Plant some flowers this weekend with City Blossoms. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

On Saturday, October 27, City Blossoms — a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating green spaces — will plant more than 1,000 tulip, daffodil, crocus, allium, and garlic bulbs in the Marion Street Intergenerational Garden and around the Shaw neighborhood. And all are welcome to join in on the flower-filled activity.

D.J. MESS will be on-hand to provide entertainment and pot-luck treats will be available for bulb planters. Have extra bulbs? BULB BASH is accepting donations.

The BULB BASH will take place from 11 am until 1 pm. The Marion Street Intergenerational Garden is at 1519 Marion Street NW. For more information contact lola[AT]cityblossoms.org or 202-870-8158.

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