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Archive - 2014

December 12th

Chef George Kapnos at The Hill Center

Top Chef Contestant to Teach Northern Greek Cooking

Looking for a thoughtful holiday present? Have a Top Chef groupie on your list? 2014 Top Chef contestant George Kapnos is scheduled to teach at Hill Center March 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – where you’ll get to meet this culinary talent and be inspired through his class, Northern Greek Cooking.

Annette Nielsen has been engaged in food, farming and sustainability issues for nearly two decades. The food editor of the Hill Rag, Nielsen’s experience includes catering, coordinating artisanal and farm-based food events and teaching cooking classes. She’s the editor of two Adirondack Life cookbooks, and is at work on an Eastern Market cookbook. Nielsen heads up Kitchen Cabinet Events, a culinary, farm-to-fork inspired event business.  A native of the Adirondacks, she’s a long-time resident of both NYC and DC, and she returned to Washington, DC from Washington County, NY;

December 11th

J.O. Wilson Elementary School

School Notes - November 2014

J.O. Wilson Arts in Action 

Academics are very important at J.O. Wilson, and so are the arts. In addition to weekly music and visual art classes, third graders take ballet. Twice a week, instructors from the Washington Ballet come to the school to teach classes in the third-floor dance studio. Students are learning the basics of ballet along with general movement techniques. The lessons build toward a final performance for parents. In the spring, second graders will get the chance to participate in the ballet classes.

Preparing Gardens for Winter

Dear Problem Lady

I have heard that it is wise to cut roses back for the winter. Why? By how much? And How?

To protect dormant canes from windy, cold weather, and also to prevent legginess when spring warmth brings new growth, first remove entirely any dead, diseased, damaged or thin canes. Cut species roses back to about two feet above the ground, cutting just above a leaf bud. Shrub roses, which need no pruning unless you wish them smaller, can be pruned later, after blooming.

Start the New Year Green! On Tue. Jan. 13, 2015 at 7 p.m. The Capitol Hill Garden Club considers repurposing harmful water pollutants. Meetings are free. Chris Peot, Director of Resource Recovery at DC Water, will describe DC’s program of nutrient and carbon re-use. We meet at the NE Library, corner Maryland Ave. and Seventh St. NE. We are Washington area residents interested in gardening, landscaping and the environment – become a member at

Winter Beauty in Your Landscape

Garden Spot
Photograph By
Derek Thomas

Autumn’s exciting show of brilliant reds, yellows and orange is nature’s way of readying for winter’s dormancy, a time when our gardens for the most part become an after thought. But this doesn’t have to be the case. There's a silent and beautiful show to be had in late fall and winter in our garden and it's all about the texture of trees, magnificence of evergreens, and the pop of berries. Trees shed their leaves and their barks rough texture and delicate tones become ghostly attractive.

Derek Thomas is principal of Thomas Landscapes. His garden designs have been featured on HGTV’s Curb Appeal, and Get It Sold. His weekly garden segment can be seen on WTTG/Fox 5 in Washington. He can be reached at or 301.642.5182.

You can find and friend us on Facebook at Facebook/Thomas Landscapes. Follow us on Twitter @ThomasGardenGuy For Great Garden Tips.

Enjoying DC’s Winter Landscape

The Hill Gardener

Washington DC’s winter landscape is green and lush thanks to its broad-leaved evergreens. This was a striking impression my first winter here 20 years ago, coming from New England. The Mid-Atlantic straddles northern and southern plant zones, providing mild enough, yet cold enough weather to support many of these iconic local winter favorites. 

Broad-Leaved Evergreens Abound

Cheryl Corson, RLA, ASLA, is a licensed landscape architect working on the Hill and beyond. She reminds those hoping for new gardens next spring to plan ahead and beat the rush! Visit her at

December 10th

School-Within-School at Goding

School Notes - November 2014

SWS Goding Teachers go Reggio

Books for Cooks

Local Flavors

The District now has nationally recognized culinary talent, as well as a growing farm and artisanal food scene. It’s reflected in more cookbooks by local chefs and food-inspired publications. This year, Washington became the happy recipient of the re-introduction of  “Edible DC” (, free at select locations, $32 annually for mailed print edition). Part of the national Edible brand, the metro area is primed for this – and Kristen Hartke, Edible DC’s editor, lives on the Hill.

Black Nativity

A Stirring Theatrical Event reflects the Birth of American Black Consciousness

Theaters in major cities across the United States put on annual productions of Black Nativity, a musical which celebrates the story of the birth of Christ. The Tremont Temple in Boston has produced a version of Black Nativity every year since 1969. Here in DC, the Theater Alliance in collaboration with the Anacostia Playhouse and Bowie State University will stage their own production this holiday season.

Black Nativity performances take place at the Anacostia Playhouse December 11, 2014 – January 4, 2015 and at Bowie State University November 29, 2014 – December 7, 2014.  For more information and to purchase tickets go to: