Category Archives: Public gardens

All Plants Think About Is Sex!

Seasonal Design with Rita Calvert
Lucky me, to be able to visit Selby Boatanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida for the holidays. The real beauty of the exhibit this time of year is the night …

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Seeing Winterthur in Summer

The Winterthur Garden and Museum in Wilmington, DE is an easy day-trip from me in the DC area, but I’d never seen it until last month.  The reason?  I thought it was just for …

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What’s New and Always Fabulous at Longwood Gardens

We’re lucky to live just 90 or so minutes away from what many consider to be the top public garden in the U.S. – Longwood Gardens near Wilmington.  It’s an easy day trip, and …

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Trend I Applaud: Sedums as Groundcovers

I’ve long been a fan of Sedums, but it wasn’t until I ventured beyond the tallish ‘Sedum Joy’ and its ilk and tried groundcover-height Sedums that I became an ardent fan.  In fact I’m quite …

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Friday is National Public Garden Day – Free Admission

National Public Garden Day is a nice excuse to take in a public garden near you – AND a chance to get in free if there’s an admission.   Just click here to get …

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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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Monticello’s Harvest Festival, and Other Great Fall Day Trips

Monticello is a gem of a historical site that we too often take for granted – at least I did, having lived in Virginia and the Maryland all my life and letting 40 …

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Visit the National Arboretum in Spring

Got out-of-town visitors?  Then do them and yourself a favor and take them to the National Arboretum, the least-known gardening treasure in the Mid-Atlantic.   And right now is the very best time to Read more »

Some gardens and other glories of South Carolina

In honor of South Carolina, the host of the next Republican primary this Saturday, how about a short photo tour?  First stop, Charleston.

Above and below, palm trees and Antebellum architecture help …

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Martin Luther King Memorial and its Garden-like Setting

Happy Martin Luther King Day, everyone!  And to honor the day, how about a quick tour of the new memorial in his name along the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C.?  It opened …

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Thomas Jefferson, the Gardener

I’ve been wondering why, in the 40+ years I’ve lived in the D.C. area, I’ve waited until this year to visit Monticello, though it’s an easy day-trip distance away.  Maybe it’s because Monticello is …

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Annapolis – The City of Flowers by the Bay

Annapolis businessman Steve Samaras was one of three friends of Homestead founder Don Riddle who shared memories of Don during his funeral service.  We learned about Don’s mission to beautify the city …

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Chanticleer Garden in Mid-May

At the entrance to Chanticleer Garden, in Wayne, PA, this dramatic combination lets you know you’re in for a treat.    Notice there are edibles included?  And for vertical accents there’s nothing …

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River Farm in May

by Susan Harris
Last month we introduced you to a local photographer who’s enamored by River Farm, the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society on the Potomac.   He visits often to …

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American Horticultural Society’s River Farm



by Susan Harris
I’ll use any excuse to visit River Farm, the estate on the Potomac that’s home to the American Horticultural Society, and their …

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Inspiration & Ideas from the Philadelphia Flower Show

by Ann-Marie Sedor

Last week, I had the good fortune to take the Homestead Gardens tour to the Philadelphia International Flower Show. I love looking for new ideas in gardening and the show gave ample …

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Photo Tour of Mediterranean Gardens

by Susan Harris
To get us all in the mood for our Mediterranean Retreat that starts this Friday night, let’s tour some Mediterranean gardens, shall we?  Starting with two of the most …

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Philadelphia Flower Show Bus Trip

Homestead Gardens Bus Trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show

Tuesday, March 8
“Springtime in Paris”

Bus Full! See you there!
Cost: $75 ($67.50 for Garden Club Members)
Includes transportation, show ticket & …

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A Visit to Fordhook Farm

by Susan Harris
January’s the time to start planning the new year’s garden, and my favorite technique for “planning” is drooling over photos of gorgeous gardens (photos that are aptly called “garden porn”).  …

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Gardens of the National Mall in Late October

by Susan Harris
Like thousands of others with the same idea, I visited the Mall last Saturday to demonstrate my support for “sanity,” and found that the sanest thing to …

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