Rain barrel art

Rain Barrel Art in Northern Virginia

Looking for inspiration to transform your rain barrel into a work of art? Check out the masterpiece that I discovered outside my library in Arlington, Va., “Rattlesnakes and Water Creatures” by artists Karen and Joe Parelhoff. “My son and I collaborated on this barrel,” says Karen Parelhoff. “We shared our ideas, our love of color,…

Blooms of the Fringe tree

Native Plant Favorite: Fringe Trees

On this beautiful early summer morning, I’m actually enjoying a fond memory from spring: the abundance of Fringe trees (Chionanthus virginicus) blooming around Arlington, Va. and parts of Washington, D.C. The blooms of Fringe trees seemed to be especially spectacular this year, with traffic-stopping displays of large, drooping clusters of petals resembling creamy puffs of…

Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College

Woody Plant Conference at Swarthmore

There’s still time to register for the 19th annual Woody Plant Conference at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pa., on Wednesday, June 29. During this popular one-day conference, you’ll learn about woody plants that thrive in the Mid-Atlantic region and how to use them in landscapes. This year’s distinguished featured speakers include:…

Vegetable garden in spring

13 Vegetable Garden Tips & Tasks for Early Summer

It’s been a busy month in vegetable gardens across the mid-Atlantic region. In fact, the National Gardening Association estimates that one in three U.S. households now grows food! As we wrap up spring vegetable gardening and move into the summer, here are 13 useful reminders and tried-and-true tips to keep in mind from the Piedmont…

Conference vendors at the Native Plants in the Landscape Conference

Native Plants in the Landscape Conference this Week

If you’ll be in the Lancaster, PA area this week, stop by the 25th Annual Native Plants in the Landscape Conference, June 15-17, at the Student Memorial Center of Millersville University in Millersville, PA. Since its beginning in 1991, the Conference continues to be one of the best social and educational networking opportunities for native…

Asymmetrical Aster by Sean Hacker Teper

Sean Hacker Teper Offers Unique Perspective

I recently discovered the artwork of Sean Hacker Teper. My friend, Eve, said she was so “gobsmacked” by his photography that she forwarded his web address to everyone she knew. When her email arrived in my box and I saw Sean’s “Flora” series, I thought some of our readers might be interested, too. “Asymmetrical Aster”…


9 Tips for Growing Perfect Peonies

A recent workshop at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, PA, celebrated the world of peonies. Presenter Deborah Ioli shares 9 tips for growing perfect peonies. Understand the four different types of Peonies. Woodland Peonies are first to bloom, with white, light flowers, prefer shade. Herbaceous Peonies are the shrubby plants most of us associate with Peonies,…

Appleseed Garden Shop and Garden Decor

Garden Shop: Visit to Appleseed in Eastville, VA

If you find yourself traveling the Eastern Shore of Virginia and would like to visit a fun garden shop, stop by the Appleseed Porch & Garden in Eastville, directly on Route 13. I’ve been shopping here for years and I stopped by a few days ago. Appleseed is a great spot for finding unusual garden…

Image Courtesy of U.S. Botanic Garden

New USBG Exhibit Showcases Benefits of Gardening

The U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) recently opened a new exhibit Flourish: Inside and Out through October 2, 2016. The indoor and outdoor exhibit, developed with consultation from Chicago Botanic Garden, showcases the proven human-health benefits of interacting with nature. Research has demonstrated that when people garden or otherwise spend time with nature, they experience increased…

Attracting Butterflies in Your Garden

Upcoming Gardening Events in the Washington, D.C. Area

June is a busy month in the Washington, D.C. gardening community. Here’s a sample of what’s happening. Container Water Garden Workshop at Green Spring Gardens June 4, 2016, 9:30 am – 11:00 am in Alexandria, VA. Join Green Spring Gardens horticulturalist Judy Zatsick and find inspiration and advice on creating your own container water garden….