Landscape Literacy

Happy Holly-Days

One of our favorite parts of the holiday season is decorating! We love seeing the houses that are lit up with colorful lights, stairways draped in evergreen garland, mistletoe hung in the doorway, and a beautiful Christmas tree at the center of it all! When it comes to decorating, you can buy most anything at…

Day Trip Series – U.S. Botanic Garden

One of our favorite annual events is the U.S. Botanic Garden holiday display. Season's Greetings is a must plan,  free trip for garden lovers, holiday enthusiasts, or family fun.  The Garden Railway model train exhibit is not to be missed, especially if you're bringing the kids along. Train sets wind their way through a variety of…

Which Type of Christmas Tree Should You Buy?

Pine trees are immediately what come to mind when most people think of Christmas trees. But a visit to a local tree farm will prove there are several varieties that grow in our area, and each one has its own unique features. Not sure which one to buy? We've put together some information on the…

Plant of the Week: Nandina domestica

Nandina domestica, also known as Heavenly Bamboo, is a popular low maintenance evergreen shrub. It is very tolerant of drought, a variety of soil compositions, and full shade, but grows best in moist soil with morning sun. Nandina domestica is a unique option for a hedge plant, and thrives when grown in groups, producing clusters…

Plant of the Week: Sugar Maple

Acer saccharum, more commonly known as a Sugar Maple, is a native tree with a dense, rounded crown of green leaves. It is famous for its spectacular fall color of bright yellow to burnt orange in autumn. The Sugar Maple is a very common tree in the eastern region of the United States. As its…