native perennial, Asclepias tuberosa butterfly milkweed, Norfolk Botanical

10 Native Perennial Plants for Your Garden

Why choose native perennial plants to add to your garden this fall? Native plants to the Mid-Atlantic region are naturally adapted to our environment. They tend to be more disease-resistant and typically more tolerant of several weather conditions, like drought, than are non-native plants. And they help create robust habitats by providing food and shelter…

Lewis Ginter, Shane Tippett

Lewis Ginter Announces Exciting Changes

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden recently completed a visioning and strategic planning process to inform decisions about a new site master plan and the development of a variety of enhancements to the Garden and its programming. I recently caught up with Shane Tippett, Executive Director of Lewis Ginter, to learn more about upcoming changes that will…

Beautyberry, MAG

Beautyberry: Native Plant Favorites

Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) is displaying its gorgeous purple berry-like drupes around Washington, D.C. and beyond. So now is a great time to highlight this wonderful native plant. American Beautyberry is a deciduous shrub with an open form that reaches four to six feet tall and wide, although I’ve seen this shrub in full sun at…

fall lawn care, wiki

Fall Lawn Care: 4 Tips for Homeowners

Fall lawn care is on the minds of many homeowners. Is now the right time to apply lime? Fertilizers? Pre-emergent herbicides? When should I reseed my lawn? Kirsten Conrad Buhls, Agriculture Natural Resource Extension Agent with the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), offers these four tips for fall lawn care to help you make better decisions….

Thomas Rainer

Thomas Rainer Interview

Thomas Rainer, co-author of Planting in a Post-Wild World and Principal at Rhodeside and Harwell, will be speaking at the upcoming Charles F. Gillette Forum on Landscape Design, “Making Beauty Sustainable,” at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on November 3-4, 2016 in Richmond, Va. I recently caught up with Thomas to learn more about his book…