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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
04/09/2014 - 12:36pm
In the Capitol Hill Historic District, there are over 8,000 homes, built from the 16th century to the early 1900s. While most people who live here treasure these bits of history that are in their care, a more comprehensive knowledge about a building... >>more
04/09/2014 - 11:31am
If memory serves, I believe the brilliant founders of the now international Capitol Hill landscaping firm of Oehme van Sweden are famous for “mass plantings.” Masses of grasses. They even said mass plantings could be achieved right here... >>more
04/09/2014 - 10:30am
Well, not exactly castles but castle-like appendages: slate turret roofs all over the Hill! Walk on the 1200 block of E St. NE or the 200 block of 8th St. SE and you will see more than 40 houses on these two blocks alone that have slate turret roofs... >>more