Saturday, September 17, 2022

GardenDC Podcast Episode 120: Japanese Maples

In this episode, we talk all about Japanese Maples with Matt Millage, formerly with the USNA and now Public Space Manager for the Georgetown BID in Washington, DC. The plant profile is on Dianthus and we share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events.

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01:11 Introducing Matt Millage, former horticulturalist for the US National Arboretum, now public Apace Manager for the Georgetown Business Improvement District. 02:04 What have you been up to since we last talked? 07:25 “That’s one of my favorite parts about Japanese Maples, the history.”- Matt 10:25 Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum): centuries of cultural significance 20:03 Where to plant your Japanese Maples 20:50 “Plant it proud and plant it high.” -Matt 23:25 How do Japanese Maples feel about competition? 25:40 Burnt leaf edges and how to avoid them (How to keep those tender leaves healthy) 31:40 Japanese Maples in the changing climate 35:15 When to plant and how to help them grow 38:02 Proper pruning techniques 38:08 “You’re looking to take out the three D’s first. Anything dead, diseased, or dying.” -Matt 40:45 Diagnosing and defeating disease 42:53 Japanese Maple Cultivars and sourcing standouts 48:43 Sizes for any setting 52:32 “Away to experience the garden up close as well and really be in union with that tree.” -Kathy 53:08 How to reach Matt 54;00 This week’s plant profile is… Dianthus! 55:41 What’s new in the garden? Clematis seed heads, Fenton seedlings, and mini vegetable harvesting. 56:29 What’s going on around town? Tudor Place Weed Wrangle, Mount Vernon plant sale, Ikebana International Chapter No.1 Luncheon & Demo.

If you liked this episode, you may also enjoy listening to:

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 85: Camellias

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 82: Persimmons and Other Unusual Fall Fruits with Stanton Gill

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Episode Credits:
Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz
Editing: Brandie Bland
Show Notes: Jaime Breeden


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