Earth Day at Pleasant View -- over 100 volunteers worked despite light rain. Check out the photos below. If you have some to add, email them to Merikay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the photo above to see a slideshow of our Pleasant View landscaping project.
We're not yet done. See additional volunteer dates below. We can still use cardboard and newspaper (through Saturday, April 29). Drop off at the Pleasant View site behind the church. Use boards or rocks to weight cardboard and paper down.
Click to see some of our Pleasant View friends. Please send me photos to add here.
Pleasant View Project
Earth Stewardship East has been awarded a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust to complete a major storm water management, native plant landscaping and public education project on the Historic Pleasant View Site, 11810 Darnestown Road, Gathersburg, MD. Funds will be used to purchase plants and supplies -- work will be done primarily by volunteers from throughuot the community. Please join us in this amazing opportunity to make a significant positive environmental impact -- and share in an historic celebration.
Our project will be completed in 2018, in time to mark the 150th anniversary of the purchase of this property by freed slaves.
Earth Day - Saturday, april 22, 2017 is our first big work day. 9 AM - 1 PM
https://youtu.be/L5hgJoJZkqY (video invite for April 22)
Wednesday, April 26, LDS Church Youth, 7 pm
Thursday, April 27, Cub scout Pack, 4:30 pm
Saturday, April 29 is Youth Volunteer Day, 9 am - 1 pm
Youth aged 8+ are welcome at any of our work days. April 29 is especially for the youth from the middle and high school years. They can earn MCPS SSL hours for volunteer time. Scout and church youth groups particularly welcome on April 26 or April 27. Please share info about these events. Email Merikay if you want digital flyers to share with others (email@example.com).
Let us know if you want to help. We can use volunteers on days before and after too!
Update - April 1
Thanks to Dara Ballow-Giffen we are receiving 100 donated native plants from Pope Farm Nursery. This is a great help, particularly since Dara is willing to pick up the plants for us. Also, Matthew Hanson has expressed interest in doing an Eagle Scout project at Pleasant View to create a path linking the sidewalk to our conservation landscaping. I have been in contact with the MD State Highway Department and they have approved our plant list and planting design. There is a drainage easement where Route 28 borders the property. We have been distributing flyers throughout the community. Please feel free to invite friends and neighbors to join us. Carolyn Thompson of the Pleasant View Trustees is recruiting people from the Pleasant View and Fairhaven community. The Trustees have had dead limbs removed from the large old tree at the corner of the property to prevent any hazards from falling branches. They are also having an outside spigot installed at the school so we will have access to water for our plantings.
Above is a rough draft of the landscape design plan we will be developing. Our proposal calls for planting more than 500 native trees, shrubs and perennials in a landscaped area just under 5,000 square feet along Darnestown Road. This area is currently a mix of weeds and turf grass which slopes away from the church to a drain. Our landscape will provide a visual buffer between the cemetery and street as well as improved storm water management and natural habitat. Additional trees and landscaping will be placed as noted in the design plan, including a shade garden under the mature tree at the property corner and landscaping at the front of the Quince Orchard Colored School. We will install two rain barrels at the gutters of the church.
Funds for a bench and stone path were not allowed in our grant. We are looking for individuals or groups who might donate funds for these amenities which will greatly enhance the public's pleasure in visiting this site. Contact Merikay if you wish to make a tax deductible donation towards these items.
We welcome any individuals or groups to join with us on this project. Leaders of the following environmental and faith groups have expressed support for our project: Pleasant View Trustees, Muddy Branch Alliance, Seneca Creek Watershed Partnership, Fairhaven United Methodist Church, Mt. Olive Church, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Kentlands Ward), and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. If your community group would like to participate in this project, please contact Merikay Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funds for this Pleasant View project come from the Montgomery County Water Quality Protection Fund through the Chesapeake Bay Trust.
History of Pleasant View
"According to the Pleasant View Historical Association historian, Vernon Green, the property was purchased in 1868 for $54 for the establishment of a Methodist Episcopal Church to serve the African-American community that resided in the area. The congregants originally worshiped in a school on the property until they could afford to build a church. The church was built in 1888. In 1901, the Quince Orchard Colored School burned down under suspicious circumstances. In 1902, the Montgomery County Board of Education voted to move the old school for white children that was located across the street to the Pleasant View site to be used for the black students. A new school was built for the white population." - from The Quince Orchard Project.
For more on the history of Pleasant View: www.thequinceorchardproject.com
For a very interesting video (17 minutes) on the Quince Orchard Colored School and the history of segregated schools in Montgomery County, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RQtF5L6mBs.
For extended interviews with community members who attended school at the Pleasant View site, see the following: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfe07MeMwKM
Pleasant View Plant List
Trees: 24 total – others by donation. Some of these trees will be planted in Spring 2016, others in Fall 2017. 3 gallon – 15 gallon
Latin Name Common Name Number of plants
Acer saccharum Sugar maple 2
Betula nigra 'Heritage' River birch 3
Cercis candensis Redbud 7 or more*
Cornus florida, ‘Appalacian’ Dogwood 7
Magnolia grandiflora Southern magnolia 3*
Magnolia virginiana Sweetbay magnolia 2
We hope to include the non-native quince tree for Quince Orchard. Cydonia oblonga.
Shrubs: 115 various sizes
Hibiscus moscheutos Rose mallow 22
Hydrangea quercifolia Oakleaf hydrangea 8
Ilex glabra Inkberry 13
Ilex opaca 'Maryland Dwarf' American holly dwarf 14
Ilex verticillata Winterberry 20
Juniperus virginiana ‘Gray Owl’ Juniper 18
Lindera benzoin Spicebush 5*
Morella caroliniensis Bayberry 6
Callicarpa Americana American beautyberry 3*^
Cephalanthus occidentalis Buttonbush (fall 2017) 3^
Cornus stolonifera Red-osier dogwood 3*^
Perennials: 395, various sizes
Asclepias incarnata Swamp milkweed 5*
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly milkweed 16
Aster laevis, ‘Bluebird’ Smooth blue aster 5
Aster novae-angliae New England aster 10**
Baptisia australis Wild blue indigo 7**
Coreopsis tripteris Tall tickseed (sign) 15
Coreopsis verticillate, ‘Zagreb’ Tickseed 15
Echinacea purpurea Purple coneflower 50
Eupatoreum maculatum Spotted Joe-pye weed 15
Heliopsis helianthoides Ox eye sunflower 9
Lilium canadense Canada lily 10
Monarda punctata Spotted bee-balm 13
Monarda didyma Bee balm 15
Panicum virgatum Switchgrass 13
Penstemon digitalis Beardtongue (2018) 13
Phlox paniculata, ‘David’ Garden phlox (2018) 10^
Phlox subulata Moss phlox 20
Physostegia virginiana Obedient plant (2018) 5
Pycnanthemum tenuifolium Narrow-leafed mountain mint 10*
Rudbeckia fulgida Orange coneflower(20 sign) 45
Rudbeckia hirta Black-eyed susan 50
Rudbeckia triloba Brown-eyed susan *
Schizachyrium scoparium Little blue-stem 7
Solidago canadensis Goldenrod 6*
Solidago rugosa, ‘Fireworks’ Goldenrod 6*
Yucca filamentosa Adam’s needle (sign) 10
Brown-eyed susan will be transplanted from my garden as filler for gaps where shrubs will eventually grow.
**Asters will be added in the fall to fill in gaps.
^ Beautyberry, buttonbush, red-twig dogwood and garden phlox will go in front of fence near drain.
Native grass: Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' and 'Northwind' are of the blue-green leaf variety and 'Huron Solstice' has more burgandy-green foliage. Little Bluestem, Schizachyrium scoparium is a smaller, blue-green grass. Select based on available options.
Plants for shade under mature tree to be planted in 2018: 156 plants
Adiantum pedatum Northern maidenhair fern 5
Aquilegia canadensis Eastern columbine 10
Athyrium filix-femina Northern lady fern 5
Clethra alnifolia Summersweet 3
Dennstaedtia punctilobula Hay-scented fern 5
Dryopteris intermedia Evergreen wood fern 10
Dryopteris marginalis Evergreen shield fern 5
Kalmia angustifolia Lambkill 3
Lobelia siphilitica Great blue lobelia 5
Mertensia virginica Bluebells 10
Polystichuym acrostichoides Christmas fern 10
Arisaema triphyllum Jack-in-the-pulpit 10
Asarum canadense Wild ginger 10
Dicentra canadense Squirrel corn 5
Dicentra eximia Wild bleeding hearts 5
Iris cristata Dwarf crested iris 10
Delphinium tricorne Dwarf larkspur 10
Geranium maculatum Wild Geranium 10
Tradescantia virginiana Spiderwort 10
Zizia aurea Golden alexanders 5
Plants marked * are donated and not counted in the total for cost estimates.
No plants are listed for beds around the schoolhouse. This area will only be planted if there are enough volunteers and extra plant funds.
Substitutions may occur depending on plant availability and price. I will contact three local vendors and will select the best combination of price and plant quality. I have some information from Stadler Nurseries but they do not yet have their final 2017 plant list or pricing. I have not yet heard back from the other vendors. The Stadler pricing shows trees as less (except for magnolias) but perennials and some shrubs for more than the estimated costs.
I don’t yet have the actual costs. Comparing this plant list pricing against the grant application, there is an increase of about $600. As these prices are all only estimates, I may have to adjust our plant list to stay within budget.