City Blossoms began nine years ago as a volunteer project and has since evolved into a year-round program that includes consulting, curriculum development (with consideration for learning standards), and regular on-site workshops. To date, City Blossoms has worked with over 3000 children and youth in various gardening projects.
City Blossoms has designed a unique method of developing and managing robust green spaces where children and youth are engaged as the main cultivators. We specialize in an art-based, hands-on approach that emphasizes the strengths and unique qualities of each learning center. All City Blossoms projects are organic and designed to work with the local environment and community needs. We look forward to bringing City Blossoms to schools and learning centers all around the area and increasing children and youth awareness about caring for the environment and themselves.
City Blossoms is excited to host our 5th annual Garden Fiesta to celebrate the Summer Solstice. This year’s theme is CIRQUE D’INSECTES! Put on your favorite antennas and join us for an enchanted evening in the garden, under the stars with scrumptious delights, colorful cocktails, fancy raffle items, and prizes for the best circus or bug-themed accessories.
Date: Thursday June 20th, 2013 6:30-9pm
Location: In the Garden, corner of Harvard & Eleventh Streets, NW WDC 20009
This Fiesta is a fundraiser for City Blossoms’ free summer Open Times. Suggested donations of $20 are greatly appreciated. For more information, to RSVP or learn more about sponsoring the event contact Rebecca@cityblossoms.org. Also starting June 1st visit our Facebook page to RSVP online.
Coming EARLY MARCH 2013 for early childhood educators! After years of teaching children ages 3-5 City Blossoms is publishing Our First Harvest/Nuestra Primera Cosecha, a bilingual year-round curriculum consisting of 30 garden-related lessons plus all kinds of resources and helpful hints. Lessons align with typical educational standards and investigate subjects including:
* Observing plant life cycles
* Learning about insects and their roles in a garden
* Creating nature-inspired artwork
* Making garden-inspired recipes
Fun and playful, this book is designed to work for learning centers just starting to explore gardening to schools with established green spaces. Books will be available soon for purchase on this site and other venues. Until then e.mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We are proud to announce that City Blossoms has been selected to be featured in the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington 2013-14 Catalogue. A panel of over 100 expert reviewers from area foundations, corporate giving programs, and peer non-profit organizations decided to choose City Blossoms to be one of the 73 outstanding nonprofits to be featured in print this year. Now in its eleventh year, the Catalogue’s mission is to connect caring citizens and funders with worthy community causes. We are honored to receive this stamp of approval that tells donors they can invest with confidence. Click HERE to learn more about the Catalogue of Philanthropy.
Open Times are scheduled sessions that include FREE staff-led activities for children, families, volunteers and anyone who wants to drop by! Open Times will stop during winter months and will start up again in April. We expect to continue with the same schedule this coming spring. If you are interested in visiting, volunteering or partnering in 2013 please contact email@example.com
Girard Children’s Community Garden:
(in playground by 15th & Girard Sts, NW WDC 20009, near Columbia Heights Metro)
Marion Street Intergenerational Garden:
(located on 1519 Marion St, NW WDC 20001, near Shaw/Howard Metro)
Group Visits & Field Trips: Want to schedule a group visit (for any ages)? Email us and we will be happy to share volunteering and workshop opportunities in either of the Community Green Spaces. Contact Lola Bloom for more information firstname.lastname@example.org)