Folks in NW DC & Montgomery County: Need to clean out the garage?


Dear Forklift Fans in NW DC and Montgomery County – Please send this to your friends and neighborhood listserves!


ladies with shovelNeed to clean out the garage?  

Here’s a good excuse for spring cleaning:  donate gently-used garden tools to a good cause, and receive a 10% discount coupon for brand- new purchases!

American Plant Nursery and Landscaping, in partnership with John Shorb Landscaping, will collect donations of garden supplies on two weekends in February and March.  Donations will go to Community Forklift, a local nonprofit building material reuse center.



There will be 3 drop-off locations

  • Montgomery County:  both American Plant locations in Bethesda:
    • 5258 River Road
    • 7405 River Road
  • Washington, DC:  John Shorb Landscaping will be accepting items at 2931 Albemarle Street NW.



Donations will only be accepted at these locations during collection weekends: 

February 16–17, and March 16–17

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Lawn and garden supplies in working condition (mowers, hoses, hand tools, power tools, or lighting) or decorative lawn items (pottery, birdbaths, arbors, edging, brick, or stone) will all be accepted.  If you are unable to attend the collection events, or if you have a large donation such as a riding mower or building materials, contact Community Forklift directly to schedule a free pickup at your home.



Everyone donating at the collection events will receive a coupon from American Plant good for 10% off an entire purchase (Coupon is valid through March 17, 2013. Excludes gift certificates and landscape services).


To learn more about the collection weekends, scheduling a pickup, or attending Community Forklift’s Spring Soiree on March 23, visit or call 301-985-5180


Wondering how your old garden tools will help the community?  Keep reading!


wangarigardensforklift fan in her finery compressedCommunity Forklift is a reuse center for home improvement supplies, located in Prince George’s County.  The non-profit picks up donations of modern and vintage building materials throughout the DC region, including renovation leftovers, architectural salvage, appliances, and hardware.

Community Forklift then offers these items to the public at very low cost in their huge thrift store, and distributes free materials to civic groups and families in need  (they were able to provide over $48,000 in free materials in 2012). Parents at Bancroft Elementary turned vintage bathtubs into container gardens for each grade, and volunteers at Wangari Gardens in Ward 5 built colorful fencing out of old pallets. Hyattsville resident Leah Wolf reported, “For his Eagle Scout service project, my son needed donations to refurbish a run-down school playground.  It was eye-opening to find enthusiastic support at Community Forklift and local businesses, not the big box stores.”


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Nancy Meyer, CEO of Community Forklift, says, “Every spring, we hold a Spring Soiree and Sale to kick off the garden season and raise funds for our work. We are thrilled that American Plant Nursery and Landscaping and John Shorb Landscaping will be collecting items for our Soiree this year. These collections will make it easy for folks in Northwest DC and Montgomery County to donate, and local community gardeners, teachers, and other folks on a budget will be so grateful for the supplies.”


“Community Forklift reduces construction waste and demand for natural resources, creates local green jobs, and makes home improvement and repair more affordable for everyone. As an environmentally-responsible company, we are excited to help,” says Brett Shorb, the owner of American Plant; “While our customers stock up for the spring season, we want to make it convenient for them to give their old items to this great organization. To encourage participation, we will offer 10% off to anyone who donates at the collection events.”



John Shorb Landscaping has been providing professional landscape design, installation and grounds maintenance services to residential, commercial, and government clients in the DC metro for more than 20 years. We cultivate naturally elegant properties with a commitment to providing the finest quality product and customer service with respect to the environment.

American Plant Nursery and Landscaping is a leader in organic gardening, offering the area’s most extensive supply of natural and organic products. Serving customers since 1923, we have two convenient locations in Bethesda, Maryland.  Their Landscape Division customizes outdoor living spaces, naturally and distinctively.  We also offer seasonal plantings and year-round maintenance services.  American Plant is a family-owned business with deep roots in the Washington community. We are grateful to our many loyal customers and feel it is our responsibility to  give back by supporting local civic groups, charities and schools.