Saturday, February 03, 2024

GardenDC Podcast Episode 180: Stoneleigh - A Natural Garden

In this episode of GardenDC: The Podcast about Mid-Atlantic Gardening, we talk with Ethan Kauffman, director of Stoneleigh, a new-ish public garden near Philadelphia, PA. The plant profile is on African Violets and we share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events and garden tasks in the What's New segment. We close out with the Last Word on Thankfulness by Christy Page of Green Prints.

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SHOW NOTES: 01:05 Get to know Stoneleigh’s director Ethan Kauffman 03:17 How Ethan made his way into public horticulture and arrived at Stoneleigh 06:21 Ethan talks about the Haas family, who owned the Stoneleigh estate 06:57 The story behind the pipe organs at Stoneleigh 08:41 “Save Stoneleigh” — several years ago, activists advocated to stop the loss of the gardens from being taken by imminent domain 11:01 “The richness of the soil, the climate, the rain –- it’s a really special place for gardening” – Ethan 11:31 The potential origins of the name “Stoneleigh” 12:10 What makes Stoneleigh “a natural garden”? 13:19 There are both native and non-natives at Stoneleigh 13:57 Ethan talks about his favorite tree on the Stoneleigh property 15:36 “We’re not a certified arboretum yet, we’re working on it” — Ethan 16:45 “We have some spectacular trees here, a legacy of so many others who cared for the space before we did.” — Ethan 18:10 A descriptive walk-through of the views and the visitor experience at Stoneleigh 24:35 “It’s a great event space, we’ve hosted hosted Shakespeare plays there” — Ethan about Stoneleigh’s sunken Circle Garden 25:29 “We also certainly encourage picnics, I think this notion of gardens being these precious spaces that can’t be disturbed may be a bit outdated” — Ethan 26:07 The Rockery at Stoneleigh built by Olmsted brothers’ firm around 1910 — Ethan says “this is one area where we just, we can’t wait to sink our teeth into as a future project.” 26:50 The Meadow vista, also built by the Olmsted brothers 28:07 Upcoming festivals and public events at Stoneleigh 29:55 The Wildlife Hedge in the garden of Native Shrubs 31:35 The maintenance of the mixed, native hedge 32:19 Ethan talks about future projects at Stoneleigh, such as the reimagining of the oval garden 33:47 How to become a volunteer at Stoneleigh 34:23 Check out the Annual GreenScapes Symposium at Brookside Gardens on 2/16, this year’s theme is “Innovative Designs from the Field” and Ethan is the opening speaker 37:37 “What’s your home garden like?” — Kathy asks Ethan 38:59 “Are there any horticultural people of the past or the present that you look up to?” — Kathy asks Ethan 40:02 Learn more about Stoneleigh on their website 40:55 Plant Profile: African Violets 42:45 What’s new in the garden this week? 43:26 A free online gardening event hosted by The Potomac Rose Society, on 2/18 at 2PM 44:03 Another free online gardening event hosted by the Maryland Native Plant Society on 2/27 at 7PM 44:37 Register for the upcoming in-person Ikebana luncheon on 3/16 45:17 Kathy Jentz’s book “The Urban Garden” 46:16 Kathy Jentz’s book “Groundcover Revolution” 47:41 About the Discover the Netherlands Tour from April 16 - 25, 2024 48:50 The Last Word on remembering to give Thanks for the Bounty of our Gardens 51:42 How to support GardenDC Podcast

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Episode Credits:
Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz
Interview Edit and Show Notes: Hannah Zozobrado


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