A few shots from Fairfax County's 2017 Sustainable Garden Tour: This year the gardens were in the Alexandria area -- some down around Mason Neck, others near Mount Vernon, and then all the way up to the Rose Hill area. There were 9 in all but I only made it to four because it was... Continue Reading →
When it's close to 70 degrees on February 18 it seems like there is very little in the world worth complaining about. Even the traffic on New York Avenue seems worth it once you're finally at the National Arboretum walking among these beauties: (Prunus mume and Edgeworthia in the Chinese/Japanese Pavilion Gardens) Even the often dour... Continue Reading →
I recently visited a private garden near Frederick, Maryland called High Glen. I would link to it, but at the moment it does not have a website (though it does have a Facebook page). Its lack of online presence is mostly due to the fact that, since its inception in the 1990's, it has been... Continue Reading →
Testing out a new camera phone and trying to take pictures of nature with a companion who wanted to be featured in every shot. At Green Spring Gardens. Alexandria, VA.
One of the few DC area gardens that I had never visited were those at the Hillwood Estate, former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, daughter of the famed cereal baron. Post bought the house in 1955 and used it to display her vast collection of Russian and French decorative art. She had spent time in Russia when the... Continue Reading →
Waterford, VA, is a tiny historical town in western Loudoun County, about 90 minutes from Washington, DC. The town consists of just a few streets, a post office, an old mill, schoolhouse, and a few dozen houses built in the 18th and 19th century, now lovingly cared for by their current owners. This weekend I... Continue Reading →
Chanticleer, just outside of Philadelphia, bills itself as "A Pleasure Garden" and I think that title pretty much nails it. This garden celebrates plants, design, and craftsmanship more than any other I've been to. Now, there are various kinds of pleasure to be had from various kinds of gardens -- kings' gardens (Versailles), cooks' gardens (potagers),... Continue Reading →
A few days ago I made my first visit to Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, Pennsylvania. It was a beautiful garden, but did it live up to all the hype that I've heard from other gardeners about how awesome it is? Yes, absolutely! Tomorrow I am going to post about all the things I saw in... Continue Reading →