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Visiting the Smithsonian Pollinator Garden

The Smithsonian Pollinator Garden (formerly known as the Butterfly Habitat Garden) in downtown, Washington, D.C. creates a beautiful and busy pedestrian walkway between the Museum of Natural History and 9th Street and between Constitution Avenue and the National Mall. I stopped by in early October to check out the fall color on the perennials, shrubs…

The Commons (Minneapolis, MN, credit: Kurt Moses

Mary Lydecker’s Lessons from Large-Scale Planting Projects

Mary Lydecker, Senior Associate at the internationally-recognized landscape architecture firm Hargreaves Associates, will be speaking at the upcoming Charles F. Gillette Forum on Landscape Design at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on November 3-4, 2016 in Richmond, Va. Mary Lydecker designs city parks and other large-scale open spaces. I asked her to share some of the…

McDonald Garden Center, MAG

McDonald Garden Center: Garden Shop

This week, I enjoyed a visit to McDonald Garden Center in Virginia Beach, Va.  I pass this garden center each time I visit my parents. So with extra time to spare, I decided to stop and check out plants for my client projects this autumn. Founded in 1945, McDonald Garden Center consists of three year-round…

Turtlehead, native plant, Wiki

Pink Turtlehead – Choose Native Plants

Pink Turtlehead (Chelone lyonii) is one of my favorite native perennials in early autumn. A few flowers linger on the three clumps of ‘Hot Lips’ in my back yard, with rich pink blooms and attractive dark green foliage on red stems. Mine are surrounded by deep-purple asters. Turlehead is an ideal choice for sunny (to…

Margie Ruddick

Interview with Margie Ruddick

Margie Ruddick, author of Wild by Design, 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. Margie is an international, award-winning landscape designer and is the recipient of the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in…