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Signs of Greenbelt Coming Back to Life!

Greenbelters may be gearing up for their happiest spring ever – we’re SO damn happy to be able to gather outside again!! Still safely, of course.

Drumming for Wellness

What a spirit-booster it was to see community drumming in Roosevelt Circle again! A big thanks to Katy Gaughan’s Drumming for Wellness for making this Earth Day Drum Circle happen. It was Saturday, April 24.

The Center has been so empty, so quiet, so unused during the pandemic, it’s been sad to see.

UPDATED with the good news that Katy is leading another community drumming event in Roosevelt Center this Saturday from noon to 2. Saturday is when the Green Man Festival would have taken place.

Gardening Boosters Garden Party


Clockwise from upper right: Michael Bordelon and Mary Lou Williamson; Mara Hemminger, Kevin Fries and Nancy Newton; John Henry Jones and friend; Rachel Channon and Isabelle Gourney.


The Old Greenbelt Gardening Boosters hosted a garden party in Mary Lou WIlliamson’s gorgeous and spacious lakeside garden.

GHI Plant Swap

Greenbelt Homes Inc’s Woodlands Committee hosts a plant “swap” every spring and fall and just missed one of them for covid – spring of ’20. The event, in front of the GHI office building, was more popular than ever.  Photos by Rosalyn Alleman.

Beltsville Garden Club Plant Sale

For the first time ever, the Beltsville Garden Club held their popular plant sale in Greenbelt’s Roosevelt Center parking lot, appropriately on Saturday May 1. Everyone I spoke with loved the location and hope the change (from the High Point High School in Beltsville) is permanent.

The sale attracts gardeners from the DC area and to those visiting Greenbelt for the first time – welcome and do come back when we’re more open!

On the left is Melissa Mackey, president of the Beltsville Garden Club and long-time resident of Old Greenbelt. Photos credited to Washington Gardener Magazine and the author.


Let us know in a comment or email (editor@greenbeltonline.org) if you have photos of other outdoor events in greenbelt in 2021.

NOTE: By contributing these pandemic stories, photos, et cetera, Greenbelters are making an unconditional donation of the material to the nonprofit Greenbelt Online.org and the Greenbelt Museum/City of Greenbelt, which reserve the right to keep, lend, or otherwise dispose of the donated material, and may use the material on our website, for social media or other postings, in promotional materials or in future exhibits.

Follow Susan Harris:
Susan started blogging about Greenbelt soon after moving here in 2012, and that first blog has grown into this nonprofit community website. She also created and curates the Greenbelt Maryland YouTube channel. In 2021 Susan joined the Board of Directors of Greenbelt Access TV. Retired from garden writing and teaching, she continues to blog at GardenRant.com.

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