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Did you miss the Rock Creek Gala earlier this month? Have no fear: you can still support Rock Creek Conservancy in our Gala Firesale. These items from our silent auction are still up for grabs, so here’s your chance to buy them now! Whether you’re treating yourself or already thinking about gifts for the holidays, these items will not disappoint.
Native Plant Spotlight: Flowering Dogwood
Dogwood tree in the fall. Photo by https://www.flickr.com/photos/saiberiac/
This month our native plant spotlight focus on the Flowering Dogwood, a tree commonly found in Rock Creek Park that is about to pop with beautiful red colors. In fact, some trees have already begun to turn!
What's a Fauxtion? A Faux Auction Of Course!
The Rock Creek Gala is coming up, and our Special Events coordinator has been working hard to put some seriously amazing silent auction packages together. The packages include experiences like whitewater rafting in Utah, exploring the fitness scene in DC, getting crafty with mixology classes, meeting a real-live elephant, and so much more (31 more to be precise). The Rock Creek Conservancy crew is going to be working hard all night at the Gala to make sure it's a total blast, but that doesn't mean we can't join in the fun! So, we just did what anyone else would do in our situation. We staged a faux silent auction (a fauxtion, if you will).
Will the fauxtion's result match our most popular items on October, 14th? Only time will tell!
Find out below which packages have been dubbed RCC's fauxtion favorites:
Photo: The leaves and flowers of the Tree of Heaven. Photo credit.
Last month we focused on one of Rock Creek Park’s most common native tree species. This month we switch to highlight one of its most invasive, Tree of Heaven also known as Stinking Sumac, Varnish-tree, Stink-tree, and Ailanthus altissima.
Birthdays are a time for reflection, and with Rock Creek Park’s 127th anniversary coming up later this month (September 27, 1890), there is, in fact, much to be content about this year.
For instance, after decades of planning and securing funding, Beach Drive began being repaved. As a bicyclist, I am particularly excited about this—no more rough road! Additionally, after 25 years of debate, Klingle Valley Park reopened, this time in the form of a cleaner stream courtesy of the green infrastructure along its length, and with a paved trail rather than roadway. Way before the year 2017 though, even before Rock Creek Park was established in 1890, there were several important years that contributed to the Rock Creek Valley’s rich heritage.
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