Follow CCN              

Archive - Dec 11, 2014


Preparing Gardens for Winter

Dear Problem Lady

I have heard that it is wise to cut roses back for the winter. Why? By how much? And How?

To protect dormant canes from windy, cold weather, and also to prevent legginess when spring warmth brings new growth, first remove entirely any dead, diseased, damaged or thin canes. Cut species roses back to about two feet above the ground, cutting just above a leaf bud. Shrub roses, which need no pruning unless you wish them smaller, can be pruned later, after blooming.

Start the New Year Green! On Tue. Jan. 13, 2015 at 7 p.m. The Capitol Hill Garden Club considers repurposing harmful water pollutants. Meetings are free. Chris Peot, Director of Resource Recovery at DC Water, will describe DC’s program of nutrient and carbon re-use. We meet at the NE Library, corner Maryland Ave. and Seventh St. NE. We are Washington area residents interested in gardening, landscaping and the environment – become a member at

Winter Beauty in Your Landscape

Garden Spot
Photograph By
Derek Thomas

Autumn’s exciting show of brilliant reds, yellows and orange is nature’s way of readying for winter’s dormancy, a time when our gardens for the most part become an after thought. But this doesn’t have to be the case. There's a silent and beautiful show to be had in late fall and winter in our garden and it's all about the texture of trees, magnificence of evergreens, and the pop of berries. Trees shed their leaves and their barks rough texture and delicate tones become ghostly attractive.

Derek Thomas is principal of Thomas Landscapes. His garden designs have been featured on HGTV’s Curb Appeal, and Get It Sold. His weekly garden segment can be seen on WTTG/Fox 5 in Washington. He can be reached at or 301.642.5182.

You can find and friend us on Facebook at Facebook/Thomas Landscapes. Follow us on Twitter @ThomasGardenGuy For Great Garden Tips.

Enjoying DC’s Winter Landscape

The Hill Gardener

Washington DC’s winter landscape is green and lush thanks to its broad-leaved evergreens. This was a striking impression my first winter here 20 years ago, coming from New England. The Mid-Atlantic straddles northern and southern plant zones, providing mild enough, yet cold enough weather to support many of these iconic local winter favorites. 

Broad-Leaved Evergreens Abound

Cheryl Corson, RLA, ASLA, is a licensed landscape architect working on the Hill and beyond. She reminds those hoping for new gardens next spring to plan ahead and beat the rush! Visit her at

School-Within-School at Goding

School Notes - November 2014

SWS Goding Teachers go Reggio