Landscape Literacy

Maybe It’s Time for New Outdoor Lighting

As you consider building or improving on your outdoor living spaces, remember that outdoor lighting is an essential part of the landscape. Outdoor lighting creates a “Wow!” factor when done correctly. Creating focal points and “layering” lighting can drastically change the impact of one’s property once the sun sets. The primary goal in designing a…

Day Trip Series – Blooming Hill Gardens

Looking for a great way to kick off summer? Blooming Hill Gardens, located in Purcellville, Virginia, hosts their 3rd annual Lavender Festival this weekend. Blooming Hill is a small lavender farm of four acres set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The 'farmlet' boasts over 600 beautiful lavender plants in almost fifty different…

Flowers for Mom: Be Your Mother’s Favorite Child

Mother’s Day is just about the only day that can rival Valentine’s Day in flower sales. And who doesn't want the best for Mom? We're here to provide a few tips on buying your mother flowers this year so that you can be the favorite child. Historically, carnations were gifted to moms on Mother’s Day.…

Horror Stories with Howie: Time to Smoke Those Weeds

It's that time of year again... Springtime, of course - when everything is turning beautiful shades of green, including your lawn. Except you've noticed more than a few weeds budding, and they've got the munchies for your landscape. Let's be blunt - weeds will quickly takeover and can be a real hassle to get rid…

Day Trip Series: Hillwood House

With the warm weather starting to roll in, now is a great time to start planning spring road trips! Plenty of flowers will be blooming shortly, and there are few better ways to enjoy the sunshine than visiting local gardens. The Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens was bought in 1955 by Marjorie Merriweather Post and…