Paul Dougherty

Paul Dougherty “Stickwork” Exhibit at Hermitage

The Paul Dougherty exhibit “Stickwork” at the Hermitage Museum and Gardens in Norfolk, Va. is a real treat. We toured it yesterday and left with lighter hearts and inspiration for new creative projects in our own gardens. Paul Dougherty is an internationally acclaimed environmental artist who designs and creates monument-sized sculptures from sticks. He has…

Microgreens, Wiki

Microgreens: 6 Reasons to Plant Them

Microgreens are baby plants, and on January 10 and 17, 2017, the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia will be teaching folks how to plant them. I caught up with Rebecca Halbe, who will be leading the workshops, and she shared these excellent reasons for growing your own. Greater variety. Yes, you’ll find commercially grown microgreens…

Christmas decorations from nature

Christmas Decorations from Nature

Christmas decorations featuring materials from nature are among my favorite sights of the season. On a recent trip to the Delaware shore, I discovered a wide variety of examples that sparked my imagination and filled my head with ideas for next year. Here are some of the favorites.           What are…

Little Bluestem

Little Bluestem: Native Plant Favorite

Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) is now turning shades of pink, purple and bronze in landscapes across our region. And that’s one of the primary reasons this native plant is a popular ornamental grass. But if you’re also looking for an extremely durable plant for tough environments, add Little Bluestem to your list of plant to…

Monarda research report, wiki

New Monarda Research Report Now Available

A new Monarda research report is now available from Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, Del. Also known as bee balm or wild bergamot, Monarda is a native perennial that’s cherished by many gardeners for its summer blooms in shades of pink, magenta, purple, and red that attract a variety pollinators. The free report from Mt….