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Home & Gardens

03/02/2015 - 1:12pm
There’s no such thing as a blank slate with gardens, especially on Capitol Hill. The first time I see a new space, I feel like Sherlock Holmes looking deeply at a yard full of clues. Knowing how a space got to be the way it is helps us know... >>more
03/02/2015 - 12:46pm
Hill residents are known for making use of every nook and cranny of their homes. Some residents are now taking this effort to a new level by using their roofs to produce solar energy, thereby reducing their energy bill and carbon footprint. In 2012... >>more
03/02/2015 - 12:12pm
The tragic Annapolis house fire in January 2015 which killed six people, including four children, had a profound effect on many people throughout our area. “The Annapolis fire underscores the critical need for regular, electrical maintenance... >>more
03/02/2015 - 11:43am
  It is one for the record books with the lowest temperatures in 20 years. Everywhere you look there is wind and cold damage to our trees and shrubs that will take us years to recover from. High winds caused trees to lose their limbs and weaker... >>more
03/02/2015 - 11:11am
A brick rowhouse in Southwest, Washington, DC, which was part of a 1960s urban revitalization, was in need of updates, beginning with the galley kitchen hidden behind walls. When Wentworth, Inc. was hired to renovate the spaces, the team worked... >>more
03/02/2015 - 10:42am
The African violet I received for Christmas has begun to wilt. What might I be doing wrong? Our biggest mistake as amateurs is to water an African violet too much. When waterlogged, its fine roots die for lack of oxygen. So water only if the top of... >>more
03/02/2015 - 10:11am
Ah, the good old days. Sitting on your front porch on a warm spring day, reading the Sunday paper or taking a nap in your comfy hammock. The porch provided a respite and protection from the sun or rain. Well, maybe your porch has seen too much of... >>more
02/04/2015 - 12:12pm
My healthy, robust indoor Clivias have not bloomed ever since we moved to the house across the street.  I swear I have put them in identical light and temperature conditions as before, but they just won’t bloom and it has been four years... >>more
02/04/2015 - 11:47am
Perhaps it's our fascination with the tropics or it could be the fact that we gardeners love something new and unexpected in the landscape. Whatever the reasons, tropical plants have taken off in the past several years and now a palm or a croton... >>more
02/04/2015 - 11:11am
We all have gardens, even if it’s little more than a potted plant or two.  Two events in mid-January this year, one along the Anacostia near RFK Stadium and one in the Baltimore Convention Center, show us how important our gardens can be... >>more
01/07/2015 - 11:05am
In November, DC residents overwhelmingly approved the Initiative 71 referendum which, for our purposes, allows “the personal cultivation of no more than six cannabis plants with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants, within the person... >>more
01/07/2015 - 10:24am
My vigorous winter-blooming ‘Kanjiro’ camellia, planted in 1994 and now a 20-foot tree, was so devastated by freezing temperatures and harsh winds in 2013-2014 that few leaves appeared all year. The main trunk and branches are bare. But... >>more
12/11/2014 - 11:12am
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... >>more
12/11/2014 - 10:48am
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... >>more
12/11/2014 - 10:12am
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,... >>more