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Beautification coming to New Hampshire Avenue median

Petworth residents who walk along New Hampshire Avenue will have noticed that the medians on the blocks closet to the Metro station have recently been mulched. However, according to area resident Jeff Green, there are much more exciting plans in the works.

The medians on the 3900 block of New Hampshire Avenue (between Randolph and Shepherd) have finally gotten approval to move forward with plantings between the trees. Work is scheduled to commence on July 10.

The project was made possible due to a grant from the ANC 4C for the plant material. Tom Cater from Petworth-based Terra, Inc. will be donating the mulch.

Buckets and funnels are also available to anyone who is willing to adopt 2-3 trees and water them on New Hampshire Ave. during the summer months.

Depending upon future funding and community support, the long-term plan is to increase median beautification by about one to two blocks per spring/summer. Volunteers for either can get involved by sending an email to

Profile of planned plantings between median trees.

Plan view of plantings between trees, indicating yucca, Russian sage, creeping juniper, coreopsis, and sedum.
Kent Boese posts items of historic interest primarily within the District. He's worked in libraries since 1994, both federal and law, and currently works on K Street. He's been an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner serving the northern Columbia Heights and Park View neighborhoods since 2011 (ANC 1A), and is the force behind the blog Park View, D.C.


instead of making more permanent a catastrophe of urban design, why not rip out the medians and install bikes lanes?

in the bigger picture, i think raised medians fall somewhere between highways and one-way streets on the 'evil' scale -- incorporating elements of both.

by Peter Smith on Jul 5, 2010 8:18 pm • linkreport

Why in the world are they planting new plants in July, in the heat? This is just asking for them to die. Why not wait for cooler weather, like Sept or Oct.

I am in favor of plantings wherever possible,but let's use some common sense.

by Stephanie Partridge on Jul 6, 2010 1:53 pm • linkreport

are they going to keep these plants away from the roots of the trees? there's a risk that they'll suck up all the water before the trees have a chance to get any.

by IMGoph on Jul 6, 2010 4:30 pm • linkreport

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