Project EverGreen, Ruppert Nurseries and Oehme Van Sweden Landscape Architects Volunteers Join the National Park Service to Honor the Pro Bono Revitalization and Re-dedication of the Friendship Garden
WASHINGTON – (April 11, 2014) — The German Embassy in Washington hosted a re-dedication ceremony today, at the German-American Friendship Garden. The Friendship Garden is situated at one of Washington’s finest addresses, the National Mall on the Washington Monument grounds at 1600 Constitution Avenue, NW.
The German-American Friendship Garden revitalization took place last November when a group of volunteers, spearheaded by Project EverGreen, installed more than 2,000 shrubs, plants and trees provided by the German Embassy.
“Existing plants were re-shaped, an irrigation system installed, and a large variety of new flowers and bushes planted,” according to Lisa Delplace of Oehme van Sweden Landscape Architects.
The re-dedication ceremony included an address by Ambassador Dr. Peter Ammon, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, and a welcome from Robert Vogel, Superintendent of the National Mall & Memorial Parks of the National Park Service. The event also included the presentation of the German-American Friendship Award and the playing of the national anthems of Germany and the United States, which will be performed by the Mc Lean High School Symphonic Orchestra (which participants in an exchange program with Germany).
The renewal project’s volunteers included Project EverGreen, a non-profit foundation, and its Washington-area-based contractor partner, Ruppert Nurseries. Oehme Van Sweden Landscape Architects sourced the nursery stock to be planted and supported Ruppert Nurseries’ restoration in an advisory capacity. Ruppert Nurseries and Oehme Van Sweden were involved in the original Friendship Garden design and construction 25 years ago. Significant contributions were also donated by the German-American Societies of Greater Washington.
The project is the first of many that will be completed in the coming months and years under a new partnership between Project EverGreen and the National Park Service. Planning is already underway for additional projects around the National Mall.
“We’re delighted the German-American Friendship Garden project was revitalized for the social and environmental benefit of the many visitors to the memorial,” said Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen. “We look forward to our ongoing partnership with the National Park Service. This relationship will give Project EverGreen an opportunity to have a huge impact on some of our nation’s most cherished sites, parks visited by hundreds of millions of people every year.”
About the German-American Friendship Garden:
The German-American Friendship Garden commemorates the October 6, 1683, arrival of the first organized group of German immigrants, who purchased land from William Penn, establishing the village of Germantown, still a Philadelphia suburb. The garden is located on a direct sight line between the White House and the Washington Monument, and is the only other memorial on the Washington Monument grounds. It was dedicated by President Ronald Reagan and Chancellor Helmut Kohl in 1988.
About Project EverGreen:
Headquartered in Cleveland, OH, Project EverGreen is a national non-profit educational organization of green industry contractors, associations, company partners, consumers and other organizations, committed to preserving and enhancing green spaces in our communities where we live, work and play. To learn more about Project EverGreen and our efforts to restore and repair parks, sports fields, schools and public green spaces in your city or cities nationwide, visit www.projectevergreen.org or www.facebook.com/ProjectEverGreen
Why Healthy Green Spaces?
In conjunction with green space revitalizations, Project EverGreen is also committed to educating the public about the environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits of sustainable urban green spaces. As part of that educational mission, Project EverGreen points to numerous environmental research studies showing that a lush, green park or lawn is more than just pleasing to the eye. For example:
- A single tree can remove enough carbon dioxide annually to equal 11,000 miles of car emissions.
- Lawns are 30°F cooler than asphalt and 14°F cooler than bare soil in the heat of summer.
- Turf improves water quality by storing and filtering the water that would otherwise go into catch-basins and lakes.
- Green spaces are gathering places that create close-knit communities and improve well-being—and in doing so, they increase safety.
- Well-placed plantings offer privacy and tranquility by screening out busy street noises and reducing glare from headlights.
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Cindy Code, Executive Director,
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