Roses at the Franciscan Monastery

The Monastery The Franciscan Monastery in Northeast D.C. is rightly touted as a great local garden to visit - especially in the spring.  Last month the display …
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How to Grow Fruit In Our Region & Some Great Performers To Choose From

This month's Golden Spades event was all about fruits, the growing of them and just a bit about cooking and eating them, because that's the whole point, …
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What to Prune Now, and How

Pruning It's pruning time, y'all! At least for roses and shrubs that bloom mid-summer or later.  And pruning is the most important gardening task that most …
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This Is the Perfect Time for These Gardening Tasks

Recordkeeping Who has time during the gardening season to carefully record everything for posterity?  But now you probably DO have time, and boy, will you be …
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Appreciating Hollies in Winter

    Hollies, the evergreen trees and shrubs that serve as backdrop or foundation planting and are seldom noticed in the spring and summer, are reeeeealy …
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Great Garden and Nature Apps to Give or Ask For

Dirr's Tree and Shrub Finder . Probably the most popular American gardening app that isn't free is Michael Dirr's Tree and Shrub Finder, totally worth it at …
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Best Free Gardening App? Maryland's Own Leafsnap!

The hottest gardening smart-phone application of 2011 is one that's making Marylanders proud.  It's Leafsnap, a tree-identification and databank app, and it's …
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For Late Fall and Winter Color, Grow Hellebores, Camellias and Pansies

For our Golden Spades event this month, Homestead's education coordinator Gene Sumi  recommended his favorite plants for those difficult times of the year in …
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Popular, fool-proof shrubs? Thanks to Homestead Growers

Popular, Fool-Proof Shrubs at Awesome Prices A short tour of the Garden Club Specials in the shrub department had me gawking at the unusually low prices - how …
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Try These Little-Known Edible Berries

  Edible Berries In a recent column in the Washington Post, Joel Lerner identified some plants with edible berries that he likes to use in his residential …
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Plant a Moon Garden

  Moon Garden Gene Sumi, Homestead's Educational Coordinator, gave his popular Moon Garden talk this week to the Silver Spring Garden Club, and I'll go out on …
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Why Is My Plant Called Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick?

If you have this curious-looking, wonderfully whimsical shrub growing in your yard, you know how unique a landscape feature it is.  It is a deciduous shrub …
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