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Its all about the trees.  Did you know  the Montgomery County Department of Protection (MCDEP)  has a program to plant Shade Trees for FREETREE MONTGOMERY  is looking for places to plant, especially in yards of single family homes, parking lots, and multi-family communities.

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Evan Keto, Program Manager in the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and ISA Certified Arborist, will join us to talk about the county’s Tree Montgomery program, and provide details for those who want to request FREE TREES for their yards. We’ll also have some info on how to take care of the trees you already have.

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https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DEP/Tree/Tree-request.html

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Volunteers Needed this Saturday to Move Wheaton Garden

We need help re-planting our native garden!

Saturday April 23, 2016
2 PM to 6 PM
as we move the Rainscapes Garden from Parking Lot 13 in Reedie Triangle to Veterans Park.
After 5 years the Rainscapes Garden will have a new home during re-development.
(For more about the location, please see the Eventbrite link, below.)
Please come out and help us plant natives!
Even if you only have an hour to help, stop by and dig in.
“Native plants provide ecosystem services such as sequestering carbon, cleaning air and water by filtering pollutants, capturing storm water, stopping erosion, building topsoil, providing diversity for insects and pollinators, and connecting humans to their natural world”. 
 
STUDENTS SSL Hours available!
Refreshments will be provided. 
If you have gloves and/or digging tools we encourage you to bring them.
We will have a limited number available as well.
 

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Artist Walking Tour in Wheaton, MD this Sunday

Sunday
April 17, 2016

1:30 – 3:30pm

Join artist Joanne Miller on a photographic journey through urban Wheaton, MD. Bring your camera and walk along with Joanne as we photograph 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.

Meet at Wheaton Veterans Park – 11200 Amherst Avenue, Wheaton, Maryland 20902.

In the event of rain, artist walk will be rescheduled.

Please visit the Wheaton Arts and Culture gallery of community photographs at www.joannemiller-community.com.

This project is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. To learn more about the project and upcoming events go to the www.greenwheaton.org/greenarts

 

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A honey bee makes 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey over the course of its life.  (Photo by Madeline Rooney. )

Talking about BEES at GreenDrinks

There are a many things in cities that make life challenging for pollinators.  But if the conditions are right, lots of different bees can thrive in urban spaces.

A good time was had by all at the Limerick Pub for March GreenDrinks! (photo by Ed Murtagh)

A good time was had by all at the Limerick Pub for March GreenDrinks! (photo by Ed Murtagh)

This was just one of the facts discussed on March 24 during our GreenDrinks happy hour at the Limerick Pub in Wheaton, MD.

Author Alison Gillespie – who also serves at Green Wheaton’s Communications Manager – was on hand to give everyone there some basic tips for helping both native bees and non-native European honey bees in urban areas like Wheaton.

Some who came sampled honey from a MD beekeeper, while looking at a necklace containing the life’s work of a single honey bee: one 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey (pictured at the bottom of the top photo, here).

Bees — Gillespie reminded the crowd who assembled to network, eat yummy appetizers and get a happy buzz going about pollinators — provide about 75% of the foods we eat every day.  Many of the most nutritious and delicious things on our plates are provided to us via the work of bees, including many common fruits and vegetables.  And beer, too!

Here are some of the tips Gillespie gave for helping the bees:

  • Plant a variety of flowers that will bloom throughout the season to provide a variety of forage for the bees.
  • Avoid using pesticides in your yard. Even the chemicals commonly used for lawn care can cause harm to bees. Plant organic flowers as much as you can manage, and avoid using “treated” seeds; seeds coated or treated in neonicotinoids (systemic pesticides used to make plants toxic to pests) can also be deadly to lots of beneficial insects including many pollinators. Plants that grow from treated seeds can be toxic for many years after they have sprouted. Trading plants and seeds with friends is one way to do this economically.
  • Buy from local farms who practice good land stewardship when you can. When possible, buy produce from organically-certified farms.
  • Support bee-friendly policies – including the proposed Pollinator Protection Act. If enacted, this proposed piece of legislation will make MD the first state to restrict neonic use by homeowners, something that many beekeepers say will go a long way to helping the bees.
  • Plant native plants as much as possible. Many native bees have co-evolved with the plants which have been found here for centuries, and have special relationships with particular species of flowers.  Many nectar-rich natives are also valuable to the generalist bees — who will forage from lots of different flowers.  And those same nectar-rich natives provide rich nectar sources for European honey bees that live here, as well.
  • Be careful about how you battle mosquitoes.  Many of the common sprays used to treat backyards are very detrimental to the beneficial insects, and can kill bees. Montgomery County has produced a very helpful handout on mosquitoes.
  • Bee a BEE CHAMPION. Tell others about the importance of bees. Teach children about the role bees play in our landscape and our diets.  Don’t own your own yard?  Tell your landlord you’d rather have more clover and fewer chemicals around the apartment building.  Together, these messages can help promote pollinator success.
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Alison, talking about bees at the Limerick Pub on Mar 24 for GreenDrinks. (Photo by Madeline Rooney.)

For more info check out:

Native Plants for Summer and Fall Honey Bee Forage

Bee Basics: An Introduction to our Native Bees

Wildflowers for Wildlife Diversity in Conservation Plantings 

Hives in the City: Keeping Honey Bees Alive in An Urban World

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Artist Walking Tour this Saturday March 19

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

Let us know you’re coming  RSVP @ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artist-walking-tour-photography-in-wheaton-arts-and-entertainment-district-tickets-22531947662

 

 

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Spring Fever in Wheaton – Sat Feb 20 @1PM – Wheatons Veterans Park

 

Join GreenWheaton and 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. In the event of rain, artist walk will be rescheduled. Please visit the Wheaton Arts and Culture gallery of community photographs at www.joannemiller-community.com.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artist-walking-tour-photography-in-wheaton-arts-and-entertainment-district-tickets-21524542486

 

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Bethesda Green Fields of Green Internship Fair is tomorrow.

Bethesda Green’s Seventh Annual FIELDS OF GREEN INTERNSHIP FAIR!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

10 AM – 2 PM

4825 Cordell Avenue, Suite 200

Second floor of the Capital One Bank

Are you a college or grad school student looking for an internship or job in the innovative green sector? Have you recently graduated and need to get your foot in the door to kick start you green career?

If so, the Seventh Annual Fields of Green Internship Fair is for you!

This year we will host some of the leading environmental employers from the DC metro area and green companies looking for talented candidates to fulfill their internship needs. This year will feature some of the newest start ups and incubator companies in Bethesda.  Come to the fair prepared to impress as employers will be interviewing promising candidates on-the-spot.

Here is a peek at some of the past employers and incubator companies who participated at last year’s Fields of Green Internship Fair!

  • Green Wheaton
  • Rock Creek Conservancy
  • Student Conservation Association
  • Montgomery County Food Council
  • Department of Environmental Protection (Montgomery County)
  • And many, many more!

We hope to see you on February 6, 2016! If you have any questions, please contact Kim Goddu at kim@bethesdagreen.org

Employers: Is your organization looking for stellar interns this summer? Or, perhaps for interns year round? Right now we are in the process of inviting employers looking for highly qualified candidates to participate in this year’s internship fair. Not only will you meet the candidates for the internships face-to-face on February 6, 2016 but your internship posting will be widely shared among our diverse network as well as posted on our Fields of Green webpage leading up to the event. In year’s past we have matched many amazing candidates with innovative green jobs.

Help us develop the next generation of start ups and promote local job creation by participating in the Fields of Green Internship Fair! We accept both paid and unpaid positions at the fair.  More