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!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Willow Oak Planted in Kim's Garden

Today, a willow oak was planted in Kim’s Garden by the Urban Forestry Administration, a part of the D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT). Situated at the corner of 8th Street and Independence Avenue, S.E., this tree is the first of many native plants to be installed at the park, as part of the overall landscape design developed by noted horticulturist Jim Adams. Willow oaks (Quercus phellos) are found in eastern forests from Texas to New York, and are distinguished from other oaks by their long, narrow, willow-like, bright green leaves. Once established, this tree will become a dominant feature of the garden.

Kim’s Garden is grateful to DDOT and Joseph Burckle and Timothy Clark of the Urban Forestry Administration, who arranged the professional installation of the tree. Urban Forestry prepared the planting site, improved the soil, then planted, mulched and staked the tree. In addition, the tree has been fitted with a special watering device, which will be filled weekly by Urban Forestry staff.

Please stop by the park and see the newest addition.

Photograph by Monique Sommer