Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of The City of Trees. What City, you might ask? Why Washington, DC, of course! See my previous blog post for a taste of the city's tree-mendous tree canopy.
The cover story is on Garden Thugs. I had a great time researching and writing this one. Defining a "thug" was my first step and I stumbled right into a thorny "natives" controversy with some of my sources adamantly maintaining that by definition a native plant cannot possibly be a garden thug. You can guess where I filed that argument.
Also in this issue are Unusual Edibles by Cindy Brown. From Cardoon to Chinese Okra, she shares her tips on how to grow these exotics here in the Mid-Atlantic and even throws in a tasty Bok Choy recipe to tempt you into stretching your garden palate.
Then we take a day trip out to Riversdale House in Riverdale Park, MD. No, that extra "s" is not a typo, there were multiple nearby rivers when this Federal-era estate was built near the PG County-Washington, DC border. Tucked into that daytrip article is a side-bar on Winter Cover Crops for our area. Sarah Urdaneta, Riversdale gardener, trialed and tested several and gives her top choices.
You'll also find in this issue:
~ a plant profile feature on Red Twig Dogwoods
~ a how-to article on Seed Starting Basics
~ a short warning piece about newly developing Round-Up Resistant Weeds
~ 5 New Plant Picks for 2010
~ our Insect column focuses on Stopping Mealybugs
~ a club meeting with the Washington Daffodil Society
and much, much more.
The Winter 2009-10 issue of Washington Gardener Magazine is now out and has been mailed to subscribers. It should be hitting the local stores shortly as well (Borders, Barnes & Noble, Politics & Prose, etc.) You can buy the individual from us by sending a check for $4.99 to Washington Gardener, 826 Philadelphia Ave., Silver Spring MD 20910 or subscribe for the full year for $20 and we'll start you off with the Winter issue. You can also subscribe online via PayPal using this link.