After this snowfall, I will be ready to get out and garden! But first, I have to take stock of what I have, need, and can afford to replace. Community Forklift must have read my mind — they are joining forces with nurseries to collect donations of garden tools and supplies for a good cause. Community Forklift is a nonprofit, reuse center for building materials and architectural salvage. In March, they will be looking for donations of patio furniture, lawn and garden supplies in working condition (mowers, hoses, hand tools, power tools or lighting), or decorative landscaping items (pottery, birdbaths, arbors, edging, brick or stone). The following nurseries will accept the donations on their behalf:
March 7, 10 am to 4 pm, Johnson’s Florist and Garden Center, 5011 Olney-Laytonsville Road, Olney, MD
March 14, 10 am to 4 pm, Campbell & Ferrara, 8351 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA
March 14, and March 21, noon to 5 pm, and March 21, noon Behnke Nurseries, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD
Needless to say, donations are tax-deductible and if you are unable to attend the collection events, or if you have a large donation such as a riding mower or building materials, e-mail Donations@CommunityForklift.org to schedule a free pickup at your home.
Community Forklift will host its annual Garden Party and Sale on Saturday, March 28, to welcome the spring gardening season, complete with free workshops, live music and a lemonade lunch. Gently-used garden supplies and patio furniture will help make this fundraising event a success. Proceeds from the sale of the garden items will support Community Forklift’s work to lift up communities in the Washington DC metro region by reducing waste, creating green jobs, and making repairs affordable.
To learn more about the garden tool collection event or Community Forklift’s Garden Party on March 28th, contact them at (301) 985-6011 or e-mail Aderyn@CommunityForklift.org.
Community Forklift is located at 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781. http://www.communityforklift.org