Thank You for making GreenWheaton 5th Anniversary Gala a Huge Success!
Join GreenWheaton as we celebrate our 5th Anniversary as a Maryland Non-Profit. Delicious local Food and Drink! Green Exhibitors showcase for our environmentally minded. We’re back at Brookside Gardens!
Eat Drink and be green with other members of the community, who want to thrive in Environmentally Sustainable Communities.
On Thursday, April 28, 2016 Evan Keto joined Green Wheaton at Hollywood East Café to explain Tree Montgomery, a local tree planting program.
Evan is an ISA-certified arborist and program manager for the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. His team is searching for places to plant shade trees, especially in the yards of single family homes, parking lots, and multi-family communities here in the downcounty, where development has been intense and many mature trees have died or been cut down.
Upon resident request, Evan and his team make a visit to consult with a homeowner about best placement and best species to plant. They will later return with the tree, plant it, and then (if desired) provide up to TWO YEARS of FREE aftercare including watering, mulching, weeding, and pruning.
Funding for the program comes from the county’s tree canopy law, which charges developers who cut trees from building sites.
Trees for this program are only planted between November and May, and there is currently a short waiting list for planting. Residents can schedule the consultation at anytime of year, however.
(Please note: This is a different program from the one that provides trees along roads throughout Montgomery County, MD; Tree Montgomery trees plants within the yard — not the right-of-way near sidewalks. Information about that program can be found on the Department of Transportation website.)
If you weren’t able to join us that night and you want more info or want to request a tree for your yard, visit Tree Montgomery’s website: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DEP/Tree/Tree-request.html#sthash.U3l3UCaK.dpuf
Evan also noted that two other programs are encouraging trees in our region:
Leaves for Neighborhoods offers a $40 coupon when you buy a tree with a retail value of $75 at participating nurseries
MD’s Department of Natural Resources also offers a $25 coupon for the purchase of one tree with a retail value of $50 or more at www.trees.maryland.gov.
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.
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:
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