Saturday, June 13, 2009

National Recognition of School Project

At the national convention in May, National Garden Clubs, Inc. awarded a Certificate of Achievement to Capitol Hill Garden Club for the development and installation of a Discovery Garden on the 4th Street side of the Peabody School grounds. Club member Mary Blakeslee led the project through all its phases, including obtaining a $25,000 grant from the Lowe's Foundation. Three other club members, many Peabody parents and other volunteers worked with Mary on this project.

Vickie Godwin, National Capital Area Garden Club 1st Vice President, delivered the certificate to club president Vira Sisolak at the District 1 President's Meeting, June 11, 2009.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Garden Conservancy Open Day

Anne Arundel County, May 30: Two fabulous private gardens were open to the public as part of the Open Days Program that helps support The Garden Conservancy.

Along the way we came upon this rowboat and a "shore bird" among the rose campion:

The Garden of Nancy and Pierre Moitrier was featured in the WaPo. The Moitrier's run a landscape design and gardening business so their third-of-an-acre garden in southwest Annapolis has berms, walls, water features, a treehouse and is filled with all sorts of plants. The swale is landscaped as a brook:

Salvia, allium and iris:

Pierre uses Eastern red cedar to fashion fences, railings, trellises and benches. An almost Chippendale deer fence surrounds the potager:

The treehouse:
Musa basjoo (the Japanese banana that is hardy to Maine) offsets the patio:

The Mewshaw Lindstrom Garden, in the heart of an old tobacco farm near Mitchellville, features five-acres of gardens with room for much more than a pony. There are numerous perennial borders--sun or shade. One stretching 100 by 15 feet has a rose trellis on the north side of its 100-foot length. There were kitchen gardens, a cutting garden. espalliered fruit trees and 2 active bee hives. A large waterlily pond was surrounded by a flagstone patio. We spied a cat, two dogs, doves, a golden pheasant, a rooster and 2 peacocks which acted as if they owned the place.

Japanese iris (Kakitsubata) and dragonfly:

The 100-foot perennial bed:

A Bigleaf magnolia:



Busy beehive with peacock cries:

Orpington rooster and a Golden pheasant:

The cat:
The dogs:

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A Victorian Garden Party

The venue for the Victorian Garden Party was changed to 418 7th Street SE but the "Victorians" carried on, stiff upper lip and all that.

Sharon Ferguson has shared these photographs: