Sunday, February 05, 2023

2023 Garden Photo Contest Winners

Here are the 17 Award-winning Garden Photos in the Washington Gardener Magazine 2023 Garden Photo Contest Winners. Contest entries must have been taken in the 2022 calendar year in a garden setting within 150-mile radius of Washington, DC. Learn more about the annual contest at https://washingtongardener.blogspot.com/.

The photo show reception of the contest winners will be published in the February 2023 issue and on view this summer at the Meadowlark Visitor Center's lobby. Washington Gardener Magazine is already announcing the 18th Annual Washington Gardener Photo Contest. Start gathering your images now and throughout this year. Most of the entry rules will remain the same as this year’s contest. Photos need to be taken during the 2023 calendar year in a garden-setting in the greater Washington, DC area. We will again accept the entries during the first three weeks of January. Look for the contest entry details at the end of this year on our blog and in our magazine. 

Saturday, February 04, 2023

GardenDC Podcast Episode 136: Home Composting

In this episode of GardenDC: The Podcast about Mid-Atlantic Gardening, we talk with Gary Pilarchik of The Rusted Garden about home composting. The plant profile is on Stinking Hellebore and we share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events in the What's New segment. We close out with Greg Peterson of The Urban Farm podcast, who shares the Last Word on Observation.


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Show Notes will be posted here after 2/7/2023.

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

GardenDC Podcast Episode 123: Cover Crops and Winter Bed Prep
https://washingtongardener.blogspot.com/2022/10/gardendc-podcast-episode-123-cover.html

This episode is archived at:

We welcome your questions and comments! You can leave a voice mail message for us at: https://anchor.fm/gardendc/message Note that we may use these messages on a future episode.

And be sure to leave us a 5-star review on your favorite podcast platform plus share us on social media with #GardenDC, so other gardeners can find us too!

Episode Credits:
Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz
Editing and Show Notes: Jessica Harden

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Monday, January 30, 2023

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Meet the New Spring 2023 Intern

This spring semester, we have just one editorial intern. As a first assignment, I asked her to write a short introduction to our readers...

Hi everyone! My name is Jessica Harden and I am a junior journalism major minoring in law and society with a concentration in criminal law at the University of Maryland. I have a passion for criminal justice
and plan on attending law school to pursue a career in criminal law as a wrongful convictions lawyer. I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, and only transferred to Maryland from the University of Texas
last Spring. My family owns a wholesale plant nursery back home, so I’ve spent my entire life submerged in the world of Texas horticulture. Growing up my grandparents taught me the importance of
living off the land as well as how to love and respect nature. Outside of my experience tending to my houseplants and succulents (aloe vera is my favorite), I also worked on the propagation team at the nursery last summer. Previously I worked as a general assignments reporter for the Daily Texan, a reporter for Stories Beneath the Shell, and I freelance for College Park Here & Now. I’m looking forward to
expanding my plant knowledge and experience beyond houseplants and Texas horticulture with this internship. I can’t wait to meet you all this semester!

Saturday, January 28, 2023

GardenDC Podcast Episode 135: Plants for Shade

In this episode of GardenDC: The Podcast about Mid-Atlantic Gardening, we talk with Lee Miller, landscaper designer and bloggerabout plants for shade. The plant profile is on Abutilon and we share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events in the What's New segment. We close out with C.L. Fornari, who shares the Last Word on Growing Vegetables from Seed.

You can order Lee's new book, Shade Gardening for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic: A Guide to Planning the Ultimate Shade Garden, from Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3kGxuqd.

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Show Notes:

01:02 Meet Lee Miller, landscape designer and blogger, to learn all about shade gardening! 02:39 Shade garden requests are becoming more common – here’s why. 04:40 Lee defines the difference between partial and full shade. 05:42 Strange winter weather in Long Island? 06:28 Kathy explains typical Mid-Atlantic winter weather. 07:21 What should I do before I start shade gardening? 08:54 Favorite evergreen trees and shrubs. 09:16 Osmanthus Goshiki has “beige, pink, and gold shades” in new foliage. 10:34 Lee’s tips for daphnes and camellias. 11:24 Boxwood green gems are the perfect shrub! 11:51 What to do about boxwoods and fungal infections. 14:12 Ilex aquifolium argentea marginata, or however it is pronounced. 15:07 Hoogendorn holly: it’s perfect with other shade plants. 16:09 “Three main layers to the landscape” – Lee 16:30 “The colder it gets the more it glows.” 17:25 The eastern redbud’s beautiful, purple flowers. 19:06 Japanese dogwoods, shrubs or small trees? 20:34 All about deciduous shrubs for shade gardens. 22:05 What is the St. Johnswort magical universe? 23:01 “Another shorty” deciduous shrub. 23:54 Always know what zone you’re in! 25:01 The sparkle of water droplets on the leaves is part of (lady’s mantle) charm.” 26:52 Why are 'Sun King' plants in the shade garden? 27:49 “The bigger, hairier cousin of Astilbe.” – Kathy 29:54 Panera? No Brunnera. 30:40 Deer-resistant perennials! 33:25 Hot lips? Turtle Head? A wildflower meant for partial shade. 35:43 The best coral bells (trust us, Lee has tried many). 37:09 You obviously can’t talk about shade gardening without talking about hostas. 38:52 Curly fries? I thought we were talking about plants. 39:29 Lungworts or pulmonaria – “That’s a beauty.” 40:38 Finally, an entire chapter about shade-loving annuals, they’re great for filling in spots. 42:13 “I had fun hiding behind the leaves.” – Lee 43:46 Shade gardening maintenance tip: try drip irrigation. 44:43 Mulching! (Please don’t pile it) 45:48 Lee’s favorite shade plant combinations. 48:00 Don’t be intimidated by shade gardening, go to the nursery and enjoy it. 48:31 Check out Lee’s blog: A Guide to Northeastern Gardening 49:23 Learn about Abutilon, this week’s plant profile. 51:01 Garden updates: Daffodils are showing color and Spring is near. 51:29 Upcoming events: Maryland’s Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Species; Winter Tree Walk; Getting Ready for Spring talk. 55:25 Last Word: growing vegetables from seed. 56:32 “I would not be without Tuscan kale in my garden.” 58:23 Growing vegetables from seeds makes sense financially

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

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 72: Low-Maintenance Gardening
https://washingtongardener.blogspot.com/2021/08/gardendc-podcast-episode-72-low.html

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 18 on Shade Gardening with Jenny Rose Carey
https://washingtongardener.blogspot.com/2020/07/gardendc-podcast-episode-18-shade.html

This episode is archived at:

We welcome your questions and comments! You can leave a voice mail message for us at: https://anchor.fm/gardendc/message Note that we may use these messages on a future episode.

And be sure to leave us a 5-star review on your favorite podcast platform plus share us on social media with #GardenDC, so other gardeners can find us too!

Episode Credits:
Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz
Editing and Show Notes: Jessica Harden

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