Category Archives: In Containers

Keeping holiday plants alive past the holidays

 

Traditional holiday plants like poinsettias add color and beauty to your home during the holiday season, but did you know they don’t need to fade away when the last of the decorations get boxed …

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Container Posies and Parties

 
Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert
If you have the Valentine Vibe…give it a lot of love! Above all spread the love with something lasting like flowers and herbs in pots (NOT …

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Gardening with Succulents

 
Homestead Gardens is where you’ll find delightful – and amazingly easy to care for – succulent plants for both your indoor and patio gardens. Succulents are perfect for shining solo in a unique …

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When Gene Sumi Speaks, We Listen

by Rita Calvert
Every year both stores of Homestead Gardens feature winter workshops to help us get charged up for planting and growing seasons and just help educate by answering many questions. Gene Sumi …

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Picture Perfect Brassicas

Picture Perfect Brassicas
Call me crazy but I think I outsmarted the insects this spring. Normally, I’d be pulling cabbage loopers off my brassicas and handing them off to the chickens for a treat.

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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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Cactus and Succulents for Marylanders? You bet!

Our own gardening guru Gene Sumi spoke to the Golden Spade Club this month about a topic you don’t hear enough about in the East – the world of succulents and cacti.  He handed out …

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Kerry’s favorite plants for sizzling hot summer containers

As promised, here’s part 2 of Kerry Kelley’s container gardening tips for hot weather.  Click here to see her suggestions for designing plant combinations, and potting up the chosen plants – and see some …

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Kerry’s Tips for Designing and Planting Containers

Kerry Kelley,  Homestead’s manager of annuals, shared her tips for designing and caring for awesome container plantings as part of our Crapemyrtle Festival, and her enthusiasm for plants and combining them beautifully was apparent to …

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Living the Lush Life

Written by: Ann-Marie Sedor | Photos by: Melanie McCabe

Houseplants are often relegated to wallflower status as simple flushes of greenery that fill empty corners of our indoor living areas. But …

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Gardening is Child’s Play!

Is there anything more fun for child than planting a garden from seed and watching with eager anticipation for the very first shoots to appear?

The popularity of edible gardening has taken …

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Easter Lilies are Ready to Bloom

by Susan Harris
Behold the mighty Easter Lily, known for its huge trumpet-shaped flowers and awesome fragrance – its time is near!

Easter Lilies (Lilium longiflorum) are native to …

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The Amazing EarthBox!

by Susan Harris
I reported in this blog story the pearls of container gardening wisdom that Gene Sumi conveyed to the Chevy Chase Garden Club recently, but there’s just one more thing.  …

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Gene talks container gardening in Chevy Chase, D.C.

by Susan Harris
Our very own gardening guru Gene Sumi hit the road recently, to talk to the Chevy Chase (DC) Garden Club about container gardening.

Gene’s Tips

Never, ever use garden …

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Cooking at Homestead Gardens’ Mediterranean Retreat

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

 

 

Finally it’s spring and the Spring Flower Show reflected the excitement of the season throughout the living flowers, bulbs, olive trees – raised edible gardens, verdant …

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Sumi teaching container gardening at Chevy Chase (DC) Garden Club

Nobody loves container gardening more than city-dwellers, so Homestead’s gardening teacher Gene Sumi will be visiting the Chevy Chase Garden Club this week to teach them everything he knows about it (or try to …

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Laurie’s cool stackable containers

by Susan Harris

Here’s Homestead’s houseplant expert Laurie Kormesser showing off a very cool new product Sunday during our Garden Show – she’s barely visible behind all the foliage.  This was just one …

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Holiday Happenings and Herbs to Give …

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Kitchen Gardener Cook

First the Holiday Happenings:

Everywhere ones looks at both of the Homestead Gardens stores is holiday magic. Many of us just go there to feel part …

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Annuals in Pots STILL Looking Good

by Susan Harris

Here it is Thanksgiving week and I can hardly believe I’m showing off annuals, in pots –  still.  They’re the container plantings that Homestead Annuals Manager Kerry Kelley helped …

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Mid-Summer Container Update

by Susan Harris

Readers may remember when Homestead’s Kerry Kelley selected plants for my containers, after which I dutifully followed her instructions?  Well, it’s time for my promised update on how they’re faring.  …

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