Tag Archives: Gene Sumi

Gene talks container gardening in Chevy Chase, D.C.

by Susan Harris
Our very own gardening guru Gene Sumi hit the road recently, to talk to the Chevy Chase (DC) Garden Club about container gardening.

Gene’s Tips

Never, ever use garden …

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Sumi’s Picks for Pruning Tools

by Susan Harris
Homestead’s gardening educator extraordinaire – Gene Sumi, of course – gave his famous pruning talk recently to a rapt audience, as part of our Winter Workshop series.   He …

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Gene Sumi Makes Houseplant Care Make Sense

Homestead’s gardening educator did some teaching at the December meeting of our Golden Spades group and the topic of houseplants couldn’t have been timelier.   As he told us, “Winter is the most misunderstood season …

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How Gardeners are Made

By Gene Sumi Homestead Education Coordinator

What was your first introduction to the garden?  As a youngster, did you see someone blow the fluffy white seeds from the ripe dandelion seed head …

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Professor Sumi in his Laboratory

by Susan Harris

It took having a really sick-looking shrub for me to see Homestead Education Coordinator Gene Sumi jump into research-scientist mode, and it was kinda fun – almost worth …

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Planning Ahead for Your Fall Vegetable Garden

By Gene Sumi Homestead Education Coordinator

Now that the summer crops are truly ready for harvesting, you may find it odd that I am advocating planning now for your fall vegetable garden.  Yes, there is …

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Are Your Spring Bulbs Coming Up Already?


by Gene Sumi, Homestead Education Coordinator

If you see the green tips of daffodils or tulips poking through the surface of your soil, not to worry!  They may be some …

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Poinsettias and I go way back

by Gene Sumi, Homestead Education Coordinator

As a little boy traveling in the family car down the Coast Highway of Southern California, I would gaze out the car window at the …

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Golden Spades do Poinsettias

Posted by Susan Harris

Meet the Golden Spades, the bunch of committed gardeners who come to Homestead monthly to soak up a little Sumi wisdom.  They meet at 10 a.m. on first Tuesdays, …

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