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08/07/2014 - 10:53am
Every two weeks during the growing season, the sound of mowers and leaf blowers fills the air in Potomac Gardens as a uniformed landscape crew makes its way through the grounds. The men maintaining these grounds are called the Clean Green Team, and... >>more
08/07/2014 - 10:12am
The savvy gardener knows that summer is the perfect time to begin thinking about creating the perfect garden or re-thinking your outdoor spaces.  The process There are several things that you can plan now to make sure that you have to... >>more
08/07/2014 - 9:12am
Is it really true that marigold flowers in a garden provide some kind of protection against insect pests that eat leaves, flowers and veggies? Perhaps only “some kind” of protection. They might do so by actually attracting Japanese... >>more
07/02/2014 - 12:20pm
Please don’t call them tree boxes.  These curbside amenities have been re-branded “tree spaces” because now we know that trees need more than a little square of soil in order to survive and thrive. These spaces can make a... >>more
07/02/2014 - 11:45am
Now that summer is here, here are a few tips to help you stay cool while keeping your bank account intact. You might even find a new idea or two!   Air Conditioning A programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature of your house... >>more
07/02/2014 - 10:42am
Our climbing hydrangea bloomed magnificently this year, for the first time in its 14-year life. Yesterday the main trunk fell down -- flat. I saw that behind the luxuriant leaf canopy of its main trunk, that trunk was gnarled, twisted far from the... >>more
06/03/2014 - 3:32pm
What is the best time of year to plant clematis in DC? The fall, sometime after the heat dies down, maybe September. You need to spare the new clematis the rigors of our summer heat while it is trying to get established. This period gives it the... >>more
06/03/2014 - 1:22pm
Years ago, as I looked out at my new Capitol Hill front yard, over 30 hybrid tea roses planted by my predecessor stared back at me. I froze. I wish I’d known then about Capitol Hill’s Potomac Rose Society (not named for Potomac, Maryland... >>more
06/03/2014 - 12:06pm
Spring this year was particularly memorable. A number of factors collided and made for a spectacular display of kaleidoscopic colors. Plants like daffodils had varieties like the usually very early ice follies blooming with the usually very late... >>more
05/07/2014 - 12:12pm
When should I remove dead parts of our winter-damaged Pieris Andromeda?                     Trim or saw off dead and broken branches at any time of... >>more
05/07/2014 - 11:42am
While the District of Columbia doesn’t rank high on the list of wildlife hotspots— at least of the non-human sort—you might be surprised to learn that over 500 species of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and amphibians can be found... >>more
05/07/2014 - 10:42am
Some of us are lucky. Instead of bouncing around for decades trying to figure out what they really want to do in life, they find a passion early on and follow the muse. One such is Jon Haberman, a crafter of fine cabinets and furniture who lives on... >>more
05/07/2014 - 10:11am
This is the time of year when, along with spring cleaning, comes the desire to perk up your living space. But let us be honest, room makeovers can be pricey and trying to figure out where to start a major headache. When it comes to a mini room... >>more
05/07/2014 - 9:42am
It is official. The winter we are all emerging from will be remembered, at least by most on Capitol Hill, as a bad horror franchise that was desperately trying to squeeze out one more sequel. Thank goodness our gardens, for the most part, took it in... >>more
05/07/2014 - 9:12am
Washington, DC is home to many sub-cultures, and last month at the U.S. National Arboretum one of them, competitive tree climbing, was out in force. Each spring, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) gathers in... >>more