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    May 24, 2017 Meeting    

Patricia Cunniff:

An Oasis of Peace: The Franciscan Monastery Gardens in Washington, DC




The Beltsville Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 7:30 pm in the multi-purpose room of the Duckworth School, 11201 Evans Trail, Beltsville, MD.

Please join us for a program titled, “An Oasis of Peace: The Franciscan Monastery Gardens in Washington, DC.” Patricia Cunniff, Ph.D., from the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild, will share photos from the Monastery gardens, and describe the activities of the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild and the beautiful gardens that they work to preserve and promote.

The Monastery has 11 formal rose beds in the Upper Gardens, a beautiful azalea display in both the Upper and Lower Gardens, an early spring tulip bloom, and abundant annuals and perennials.

The Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild is a group of lay volunteers whose goal is to preserve and promote the gardens at the Monastery. In addition to their work in sustaining the formal gardens and leading garden tours, Guild members also farm Fr. Francis’ garden. Last year, they produced over 5,000 pounds of produce; all was given to such charities as the National Capitol Area Food Bank, Martha’s Table, etc. The Guild also maintains beehives and extracts honey periodically, which is sold in the Monastery’s Gift Shop.

Patricia A. Cunniff was raised in the shadow of the Franciscan Monastery in the Brookland section of Washington, DC. She serves as the lead for garden tours sponsored by the Guild and has just completed a book highlighting the contributions of John J. Earley to the Franciscan Monastery. She holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Maryland and has served as an academic dean at Prince George’s Community College and adjunct professor at the University of Maryland. She is a docent in the Human Origins Exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Patricia Cunniff and her husband, Patrick, have four adult children and ten grandchildren.

The public is welcome and admission is free. You are encouraged to bring something to exchange: a plant, cutting or garden tool or magazine: bring something, take something! Refreshments will be served after the talk.

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