Category Archives: Other People’s Gardens

Famous and not so famous gardens, landscapes

Winter and Spring Tussle

Yesterday I opened the blinds to a beautiful winter day. After letting myself absorb the clear sky and the brightness of it all, my first thought was Dumbarton Oaks. There is nothing like a trip to the fabled garden to … Continue reading

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Sorry I Haven’t Written

Goodness, what a month! I jetted off to California on the first and had a great time with my former college roommate and her husband, who live at the end of the BART line in Walnut Creek. When I returned, … Continue reading

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A Full Spring Weekend

Last weekend, we finally got some spring weather. I met Sarah, one of the 10th and Barton Plot Against Hunger volunteers in the morning and we cleared out the large garden and prepped it for planting. A fellow gardener from … Continue reading

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A Post from the Midwest

I have been visiting my mother in Illinois the past few days.  Last fall, I was here when farmers were harvesting corn.  This summer, all the corn has grown up and this is what many country roads look like: Here … Continue reading

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Blossoms, Pollen, and Other Extravagances of Spring

Arlington is in the midst of its full, extravagant spring blossom. With an eighty degree day on Saturday, every tree has burst into leaf. The Bradford pears were shedding petals like snow in today’s breeze and the dogwoods have burst … Continue reading

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Dumbarton Oaks: the View from Winter

What would winter be without a visit to Dumbarton Oaks? As I’ve written before, this is an astonishing place, and when I come in winter, I see the bones of the garden, not its horticultural plenty. The fact that it’s … Continue reading

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Denver: Gardens Big and Small

Last week I was in Denver at a conference. In between sessions, I wandered around and found … you got it—gardens. My first day there, I had arranged to see a friend, who took me to Denver’s Botanical Gardens. Turns … Continue reading

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