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
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)
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.
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
NEXT PUBLIC MEETING ON WHEATON REDEVELOPMENT DEC. 11TH AT 7PM AT WHEATON HIGH SCHOOL (12601 Dalewood Dr, Wheaton, MD, 20902) Montgomery County will be holding its next public meeting on Dec. 11th at 7pm to update the community on its progress on the Wheaton Redevelopment project. To learn more about the project, please visit the project page here. Please attend this public meeting and make your voice heard!
You can also check out this excellent blog entry from ANS Conservation Director, Diane Cameron.
Let’s also keep the conversation on these issues alive on social media like Twitter and Facebook. Greenwheaton’s twitter is @greenwheatoninc Wheaton’s twitter is @wheatonmd. Use hashtag #greenurbanwheaton to talk about redevelopment.
GreenWheaton and Signal Financial Federal Credit Union Present a
PAPER SHREDDING and ELECTRONIC RECYCLING EVENT
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22
5:00 PM T0 7:00 PM
Signal Financial Federal Credit Union Parking Lot
3015 University Blvd., W
Kensington, MD 20895
Bring all of your unwanted paper and documents to be securely shredded. Volunteers are needed to help direct traffic and coordinate the vehicles dropping off documents. For more information on volunteering please contact GreenWheaton at firstname.lastname@example.org. SSL Hours Available! En Espanol
Thanks to our friends at ECO City Junk you can also bring your unwanted TVs, Electronics and Small Appliances
Items accepted include (working or not):
Televisions (with screens intact)
Telephones including cell phones
ECO CITY JUNK, helps customers take back space in their homes and business, recycling and repurposing discarded items leaving little or no negative impact on the environment www.ecocityjunk.com
Signal Financial Federal Credit Union is the proud sponsor of GreenWheaton’s Paper Shredding Day. We care about our community and our environment. Become our member today! www.sfonline.org
GreenWheaton, Inc. is a Maryland non-profit dedicated to engaging the community in education and outreach that promotes Wheaton, Maryland as a model sustainable community with a “visibly green” and healthy environmental footprint. www.greenwheaton.org
GALA from the Webster’s Dictionary meaning a festive celebration; especially: a public entertainment marking a special occasion. Please join Green Wheaton as we celebrate the close of our first year. Meet and greet Board members, Green businesses, Sponsors and key Stakeholders involved in making Wheaton a “visibly green”, sustainable community. Enjoy food and drink from local vendors and restaurants. Learn more about what you and GreenWheaton can do together. We are anxious to hear your ideas of “green” programming and projects that could be implemented this coming year. All are invited to attend. Tickets: $25 a person.
Brookside Gardens Visitor Center 1800 Glenallen Avenue Wheaton, MD 20902
Tuesday June 19, 2012 6 PM to 9 PM
For Tickets http://greenwheatongala2012.eventbrite.com
For Sponsorship Information Contact Wendy Howard at email@example.com
tel: (301) 946-5091 fax: (301) 946-5092