Category Archives: Other People’s Gardens

Famous and not so famous gardens, landscapes

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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Ah, the Harvest!

For me, the harvest involves green beans, tomatoes, eggplant, which I’m getting a lot of right now, okra, chard, kale, squash and the manifold things I’ve mentioned in several years of blogs.  I was in central Illinois recently during their … Continue reading

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Everybody Needs A Break!

I was away in Maine for a week and it was so lovely and relaxing that I’m watching myself to see how I tense up and stopping it before it latches on. I want to hold onto a week of … Continue reading

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Lincoln Memorial Garden: A Prairie Treasure from Jens Jensen

When I was a child, one of the places my parents would take my brother and me was Lincoln Memorial Garden on the lake in Springfield, Illinois.  A 100-acre site with six miles of interconnected trails, it was the brainchild … Continue reading

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An 18th Century Garden Continues to Thrive

Ball-Sellers House is a reminder of Arlington’s agricultural past and a rare example of a home dating to the 1750’s that was owned by an ordinary person.  It sits in a neighborhood off Carlin Springs Road that used to be farmland … Continue reading

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Got Gardeners? Meet the Food Bank!

As I dropped by my friend Julie’s house in McLean this afternoon, she was coming back from a farm market in Great Falls with baked goods donated to Share of McLean by the Baguette Republic.  They were in big, flat … Continue reading

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Gardening Small Goes Mobile: An Update

Last month, I wrote about my friend Penny’s salad table and cold frame on wheels.  Inside the table were all sorts of seedlings for salads. They survived our brief interim cold spell and continue to grow.  It looks like there’s … Continue reading

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Gardening Small Goes Mobile!

Late last summer, I wrote about two gardeners with big yields in small spaces.  Both were creative—using blueberries as foundation plantings and the driveway as a garden site.  Now my friend Penny has stepped up the game with an email … Continue reading

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Harvesting Before the Snow Squall

A line of snow squalls is blowing through northern Virginia today, bringing sharply colder temperatures, or as some might say, more seasonal weather.  Late last week, on an errand to the Arlington Central Library, I took some time to see … Continue reading

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Gardens, Formal and Less So: A Brief, Partial History

Even in January, with the expectation of wintry mix, I’m still thinking about gardens.  Gardens go back a long time.  There is, of course, Eden, and its synonym, paradise, which derives from the Persian and Greek paradeisos, or garden.  Egyptian … Continue reading

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