Fall

Tips for Visiting Gardens With Heretics

By | 2018-08-23T22:17:32+00:00 August 23rd, 2018|

By the time you read these words, I’ll be gone. I might add, “to a higher place,” but that wouldn’t sit very well with those who consider American gardens to be the best in the world. I don’t necessarily think of any country’s gardens as ‘better’ or ‘worse’ than those of any other, but it [...]

Let’s Lose The Zealotry & Plant for Joy

By | 2018-08-18T04:02:09+00:00 August 17th, 2018|

“Plant for foliage!” is a term you have probably heard a great deal over the last few years.  But then you’ve probably also heard “Plant for pollinators!” and more than likely you’ve heard both slogans here (though I do try and stay away from the excessive use of exclamation marks in my proselytizing). But if [...]

Plant Propagation: With Great Cuttings Comes Great Responsibility

By | 2018-08-02T21:04:50+00:00 August 3rd, 2018|

When I give you a cutting, it’s more than likely I’m going to remember. It’s not that I’m obsessed, controlling or critical (that’s a different conversation held when I’m not around), it’s simply that I love my plants. If someone expresses an interest that goes beyond “Hey that’s pretty.” I jump on it, usually offer [...]

Nursery Spotlight: Music, Inspiration and Retail Therapy at Surreybrooke

By | 2018-06-22T13:19:23+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|

Join me in this series as I visit some of Frederick County, Maryland’s finest independent garden centers to find out what makes them unique. Finding and buying plants that you love is often much more pleasurable than figuring out how to successfully incorporate them into your landscape once you get home.  We all struggle with [...]

End of season wrap up: My favorite plants of 2017

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:44+00:00 December 7th, 2017|

  Now that the garden has gently shifted into architecture and mush, it’s time to reflect on the plants we grew this season and decide whether we’ll continue to grow them for seasons to come. Whether sexy new introductions or old favorites, plants excite each one of us for totally different reasons and what lights [...]

Maintenance vs. Stewardship: Turning a New Leaf

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:44+00:00 November 24th, 2017|

I’m not a fan of renaming something in order to change public perception. Language is powerful, minds are pliable and as any politician knows, we can quickly distance ourselves from the truth of the matter. However, every once and awhile a definition is beautifully expanded by rephrasing a term, and such is the case when [...]

Disconnecting to Connect: The Modern Challenge

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:45+00:00 November 10th, 2017|

“Is the world getting more complicated, or am I just getting older?” said my sister over the phone this week.  My junior by eight years, she is awash in toddler mayhem (her third Mission Impossible), which includes, but is not limited to, sketchy nap times, bottles of soap poured all over the floor and endless [...]

Plant Hoarding: When Too Much is Not Enough

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:45+00:00 November 4th, 2017|

A little shifting of the pot ghetto yesterday revealed one too many plants happily rooted in the soil beyond their pots. It is good soil certainly, and I do not blame them, but the discovery is an inconvenient one.  I have been quite content to believe that a healthy three foot dawn redwood was satisfied [...]