“Children develop a greater sense of belonging to their community and its physical environment when the have a chance to learn and play outdoors. By belonging, they develop social responsibility, empathy, and compassion for one another and the natural world.”
- Cheryl Corson, Grounds for Learning
As every residential garden designer knows, a homeowner’s pets are your clients too. Read about how to create cat and dog-friendly gardens while keeping your pets happy and safe.
Three young, tech savvy urban farmers share their working methods and tricks for getting the most out of tiny and even indoor urban spaces.
The power of imagination can energize your garden plans. Use the winter season for planning with ease. Learn Cheryl's favorite garden design books, old and new. Get some practical advice
Warmer weather means holding off on bulb planting. In DC, November is probably the best time these days. More about when, what, and how to plant bulbs in your garden. Good bulb sources included.
Is anyone neutral about bats? What can they do for us? DC's Capitol Hill neighborhood has some interesting connections with bats, the Zika virus, and politicians. Learn more and see if you're ready for your own bathouse.
What are micro-greens and what's so good about them? What about nutrition, taste, growing requirements? What's the difference between a micro-green and a sprout? Read up on it here!
Gardening tips for using less water and making the most effective use of the water you do use. The article covers planting islands, hydrogels (pro and con), low maintenance grass, and planting density.
Here are some great choices perfect for small spaces, including some old friends and other underlooked winners.
The roller-coaster winter we're having puts early pollinators at a disadvantage, not to mention humans missing out on traditional early bloomers. Here's how you can help.
Discussion of urban greenhouses - why do it? what to grow, different manufacturers, models, prices, and installation sites.
Review of the National Building Museum exhibit on the landscape architecture of OvS, after founders Oehme and VanSweden - how they helped create and define the "New American Garden" and how their legacy continues.
The case for small scale seed saving, basics on getting started, and why cities are uniquely suited for seed saving. The article discusses GMO and herbicide basics and what to watch for.
Learn medicinal uses of common kitchen herbs and some great DC region resources for herbalists, locally grown herbal preparations, and great local gatherings for beginners and practitioners alike.
Trace the Hill Rag editor's first year balcony garden and learn how to get started on your own.
A successful Quaker volunteer program builds raised bed vegetable gardens for Capitol Hill residents.
With our cities dominated by male trees producing airborne pollen, allergies are proliferating. How this squares with our efforts to create pollinator habitat and celebrate National Pollinator Week makes for interesting reading.
Why compost your weeds when you can eat them? Common weeds contain more nutrients than many of the cultivated veggies they replace. Urban foraging is all the rage. See why.
How to untangle the web of garden decisions and indecisions and know where to start with your garden design.
New and old residents of this historic corner of Capitol Hill get DC to sell them their community garden for a dollar. Dozens grow food and community near the Anacostia River.
Growing cannabis at home for personal use in DC will become legal when the District and the US Congress resolve their differences. Here are the basics on cannabis cultivation for the novice.
How can one small urban rain garden benefit the Anacostia River and the Chesapeake Bay? How do rain gardens work, and where can you find help designing one?
Seasonal chores in the fall garden include planting and some clean up. How to care for your garden for the benefit of trees, birds, and overwintering butterflies and what to leave alone until spring.
Every two weeks during the growing season, the sound of mowers and leaf blowers fills the air in Potomac Gardens as a uniformed landscape crew makes its way through the grounds. The men maintaining these grounds are called the Clean Green Team, and most of them have lived in Potomac Gardens since they were kids.
How one Capitol Hill block is caring for it's tree boxes.
If you have a sunny, well-drained spot and can dig a deep hole in which to add compost, you can plant a rose.
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.
With winter finally in the rear view mirror, what better way to satisfy your pent up demand for spring than to visit some of our area’s most beautiful estates, gardens, and arboreta during their annual plant sales?
The budding outdoors will soon beckon and you may wonder if this year you’ll finally do something with the yard. Here are some tips to help you understand your needs and identify the most appropriate professional services for you.
MANTS is the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Tradeshow held every year in Baltimore. What's new for 2014.
It's been proven that being in nature or even looking at a garden through a hospital window is restorative.
Trees are our humble servants, despite extreme challenging weather that threatens them, and our property. Some good reasons to care for them, and tips on how.
Cheryl weighs in on the new USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, and shares some ways in which Capitol Hill gardeners can take advantage of Global Climate Change (or is is just warmer weather?).