WELCOME TO KIM’S GARDEN - A Project of Friends of Kim Brenegar

WELCOME TO KIM’S GARDEN - A Project of Friends of Kim Brenegar

Kim Brenegar, a Capitol Hill resident and owner of the Washington, D.C. landscaping business “The Ornamental Garden,” died in a car accident in 2009 at the age of 49. The Friends of Kim Brenegar formed in 2010 to create a living legacy in honor of Kim’s love of community and the environment. We chose the renovation of a small public park just steps from Kim’s home, where for many years she had volunteered her talents and plant materials to maintain the garden.

Please check back here for updates and photos of our progress, become a Follower via Google Friend Connect or contact us to learn more about how you can help with the garden restoration. We look forward to hearing from you!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Summer Clean-up with D.C. Master Gardeners

 (BEFORE) A group of Master Gardeners, coordinated by John Thomas (right) spent a
very hot summer day sprucing up Kim’s Garden

Larry Brown listens attentively to John Thomas describing the plan for the day

Joe Ardizzone pulls tenacious dandelion weeds on the 8th Street side of Kim’s Garden. Only 10,000 more to go!

 D.C. Master Gardeners Kathy Aram, Larry Brown and Laura Preston are really making progress

D.C. Master Gardeners (L-R): John Thomas, Madalene Stevens, Maggie Ollove, Jennifer Lehman,
Jenifer Marcy, Sandy Farber and Deborah Gordon

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Remembering Kim, Beautifying the Neighborhood

This blog about Capitol Hill mentioned Kim's Garden.

Remembering Kim, Beautifying the Neighborhood

August 2nd, 2011 by Maria Helena Carey · 2 Comments · Capitol Hill South, Eastern Market

Photo by MarĂ­a Helena Carey

Sometimes, life hands us nothing but sadness, sorrow, and unspeakable horror.  We wonder why little children starve to death in utter squalor; why there must be wars that seem to lose their meaning the longer they drag on; or why a vibrant and beloved member of the community and mother of two had to die suddenly and at a young age?  If only we could all take our grief and make something beautiful and lasting, as Kim Brenegar’s family and friends have done, maybe the world would be a better place.

Kim was a Capitol Hill resident, business owner, and avid gardener, who died in a car crash in 2009 at age 49.  Kim’s nearest and dearest formed a volunteer society in 2010 called The Friends of Kim Brenegar.  They, in turn, have allied themselves with a 503(c)(3) non-profit called Care Company, and they are working together with the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation to turn the little park bordered by 8th Street SE, Independence Avenue SE, and North Carolina Avenue SE into a beautiful urban oasis.  The plans for Kim’s Garden are ambitious, but beautiful: the design will work with the existing flora as well as introduce hardy perennials — mostly native species — to the site; it will also echo the colors of a fun mosaic that artist Deirdre Saunder — who also designed the Hopscotch Bridge — created especially for the garden.
While the garden is starting to take shape, there is still much to do and The Friends of Kim Brenegar need your help.  If you would like to donate time, money, or specific resources for the mosaic or other fixtures in the garden, visit http://kimsgardendc.blogspot.com/ or email them directly at FriendsofKimBrenegar [at] gmail [dot] com.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Concrete Curb Repair - August 2011

Day 2 of concrete curb repair at Kim’s Garden by FMS Construction: 
Santos Lopez pours concrete into the empty form

Augustin Cabrera and Juliano Lopez loading concrete into buckets

Tools of the trade

So that the concrete won’t stick to the form, Benjamin Lopez oils the wood

Bucket by bucket, Benjamin Lopez carries concrete to the curb