Monthly Archives: April 2013

Open House at Dumbarton Oaks this Saturday

If you’ve never seen the famous Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown, this Saturday is a great time to change that because it’ll be free and open with lots going on 10:00 to 2:00. Details below, …

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Garden to Glass Continues

 

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
More recipes with those bright green herbs and produce for your drinks-with or without alcohol. Rum, vodka or even tequila will work with the Honey …

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The Return of the Cicadas

 You all remember the last invasion of cicadas in our area back in 2004, right?   The sound was almost deafening, and when we walked in our gardens they fell in our hair, and crunched when …

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Inspired by River Farm

Public Garden Day is coming up and it reminds us that visiting nearby public gardens is a fabulous way of getting plant and design ideas.  Or for just spending time in beautiful spaces, for …

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“Garden To Glass”-Herb and Produce Loaded Drinks

 Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
The sun highlights the gently blowing leaves of tender young herbs in the verdant landscape soon to be graced with fruits and vegetables of …

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This Weekend: Urban Gardening, with Dry-Loving Perennials in Containers!

We have a great line-up of talks and demo’s this weekend at both locations for our Urban Gardening weekend – here’s the full schedule.
With all these topics to choose from – square …

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More Alternatives to Impatiens

First, if you haven’t heard about the Downy Mildew disease threatening the common Impatiens this year, click here for a brief update.  That link also includes my favorite alternative to Impatiens for color in …

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Herbs-Front and Center

 
Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
We’ve all been glowing a little bit here from spending glorious hours outside. While the weather has played its part in sun kissing our …

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Vegetables in the Front Yard

The local food movement is sweeping the nation. Support for Farmer’s Markets and Community Supported Agriculture have reconnected people with their food and their farmers. Many have been inspired to take the next step and …

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What to do about Downy Mildew on Impatiens

The world of horticulture is abuzz with news of the “Downy  Mildew” fungal disease that’s killing the ever-popular shade annual Impatiens walleriana – that’s the one shown above, the most popular type of all.  …

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Try a New Shrub this Season

Homestead’s shrubs buyer, Lolly Bonomi, has these new and very promising shrubs in stock – check ’em out!
Acuba Hosoba Hoshifu Variegata
That’s a long name for what looks to be a shorter …

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Magazine Update: Bye-bye Garden Design, Hello Leaf

This month’s issue of Garden Design Magazine is the last one we’ll ever see.  According to Adweek, Garden Design sold only 189 ad pages in all of 2012, and that’s not nearly enough to keep …

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Are your borders ready for spring?

Suddenly, there’s lots more to do than I think I can accomplish in time.  In time for what?  For the intense gorgeousness that I expect to see in my very own garden by about mid-April, …

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