UDC News


October 17 , 2007

University of the District of Columbia & DC Master Gardeners to hold Fall Bulb Planting Extravaganza


What:             UDC Fall Bulb Planting Extravaganza


Who:               University of the District of Columbia Students, Faculty and Staff

                        DC Master Gardener Program


When:             Friday, October 26, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

                        Saturday, October 27, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Where:           Cleveland Dennard Plaza

                        University of the District of Columbia

                        4200 Connecticut Ave, NW

                        Washington, D.C.


            Washington, DC – The University of the District of Columbia (UDC), in conjunction with the DC Master Gardener Program, are seeking volunteers to come out Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, 2007 and participate in the University’s First Fall Bulb Planting Extravaganza on the UDC campus at 4200 Connecticut Ave, in Northwest, Washington, DC. 


            The campus beautification campaign is the inspiration of the University’s acting president Stanley Jackson, according to Ms. Sandra Farber, an Extension Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator for the University of the District of Columbia’s Cooperative Extension Service and principle organizer of the bulb planting.


            “Mr. Jackson is committed to the notion of short, medium and long term goals for the beautification of this campus,” said Ms. Farber.  “He also said he wanted to employ the talents of Master Gardeners trained at UDC right here on our campus.”


            Ms. Farber has worked closely with Mr. Jackson and Gustavo Paredes (UDC Campus Services) to implement a first step in campus beautification – the Fall Bulb Planting Extravaganza.  UDC Master Gardeners and volunteers from the University community will turn their plan into action October 26 and 27 when they mobilize to plant approximately 3,100 bulbs at various locations about the UDC campus at the corner of Connecticut Ave and Van Ness Street in Northwest Washington.  Approximately 25 to 30 Master Gardeners and 10 Junior Master Gardeners are expected to turn out to plant bulbs, while a campus-wide appeal to UDC students, faculty and staff has been initiated to generate a robust work-force.


            The planting of spring-blooming bulbs is merely a beginning, according to Ms. Farber, who has drafted a Master Landscape Plan encompassing the entire UDC campus.  “Great changes are coming for the much needed repair of the landscape for the university,” adds Ms. Farber.


            Bulb planting efforts on Friday will focus on the Cleveland L. Dennard Plaza, the central outdoor area for the UDC campus, while Saturday planting will center on areas adjacent to the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness Streets.


            The Master Gardener Program was created as a means of extending the horticultural and pest management expertise to the general public.  As interest in gardening has grown, extension staff organized and expanded the Master Gardener program to meet the local needs of gardeners.  The program is a national program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and implemented through land-grant institutions such as the University of the District of Columbia.  Master Gardeners learn about safe, effective and sustainable horticultural practices that build healthy gardens, landscapes and communities.


            Participants receive training in basic subjects and agree to work in their communities to teach residents to cultivate garden spaces and manage landscapes sustainably using research based information.  Over the last six years, Ms. Farber coordinated the eight-week education of over 230 certified Master Gardeners.  Over 8,000 volunteer hours have been performed under her direction, which has saved the District of Columbia Government $180,000 in labor costs.  As the University’s Junior Master Gardener Program Coordinator, Ms Farber has recruited and trained 586 Junior Master Gardeners and served as a liaison with Texas A&M University, which administers the program internationally.


Media note: Media interested in covering this event should contact Mike Andrews, Senior Director for Communications at (202) 274-5685 prior to the event.






            The University of the District of Columbia is the fully-accredited sole public source for accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia and provides additional life-long learning opportunities. The University delivers quality instruction and uses student-centered approaches to empower and benefit both individuals and its local communities.  The University, an urban land grant institution, is a very diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant investment engine for the District of Columbia.  The University is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro.  For more information on other University activities, contact Mike Andrews, Senior Director for Communications and University Spokesperson at (202) 274-5685 or visit the University’s web site at www.udc.edu.