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Liza Matthews Presents ‘Wheat Grass’ (for real this time)

Sorry folks, we were given the wrong piece when this originally posted.  As lovely as it was, it wasn’t ‘wheat grass’.  Here’s the real deal, and in case you liked the last piece , it’s included below as well.
‘wheat grass’
10 x 10
Oil, acrylic and charcoal
Notes from the artist:
“Painting was inspired with the hope that spring is around the corner. I love beautiful grasses and how they move in the wind and the light that hits them so they look like party streamers! This piece has metallics in it that radiate that light hitting the grass in a reflective way. Cheers to spring!”
‘Big Sky’
12 x 9
Oil, acrylic and charcoal on wrapped canvas
Local artist Liza Matthews was one of our featured artists in 2012. The MICA-trained painter’s complex yet harmonizing works of art add visual interest to any interior.  See more of Liza’s work on her Facebook page, or read about the artist and her art here.

Winter Trends at Green Spring Station



Look for the latest fashions and top gift ideas from the world’s top designers each week on the Wednesday Trend Reports from Green Spring Station.

Ready for Summer? (We are)


Despite temperatures barely breaking the single digits these days, yes, it’s time to start thinking about summer – Gilman Summer.


Gilman School offers an exciting range of enrichment and skill-building experiences for girls and boys in grades 1 through 12 on its North Baltimore campus. Last summer, 370 kids from 57 different schools attended Gilman Summer programs, which range from one to six weeks in length.

Campers can enroll in more than 40 different offerings including outdoor education, 3-D video game and mobile app development, baseball statistics, SAT prep courses, college application and essay writing, and art enrichment programs. Courses are designed and taught by Gilman School faculty and field experts.


“The most important thing is that kids have fun while they are learning something new and being challenged in their abilities,” said Maryann Wegloski, director of Gilman Summer. “Academic courses give students a boost before their next school year, while some of our other programs are designed to let our campers explore their personal and creative interests.”

Among the courses taught by Gilman’s award-winning art instructor David Anderson is Surf and Skate Art – back for its third year by popular demand – in which students examine the unique design elements of surf and skate culture. A skater himself for the past 30 years, Anderson shares his passion and knowledge as students design a series of skateboard graphics, create ocean paintings on canvas, and more.

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Photo by Thomas Rowe

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Anderson also offers half-day sessions in clay modeling, storytelling through art, studio drawing workshops, and painting with pastels and acrylics.

During the summer classes, kids are able to build their portfolios of work and expand their technique. Anderson says the real advantage to summer art programs is the length of time the kids get to spend on each project – time they don’t often have during a typical school day.DSCN4939

“We have a huge range of artists every summer – both in age and ability,” said Anderson. “The dynamic of how they learn from each other and encourage each other is always really inspiring to watch.”


Sessions run June 16 through July 25. Learn more at www.Gilman.edu/GilmanSummer



Easy Breezy Spring Line Up at Liza Byrd


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And don’t forget the in store sale room is in full swing with 70% off all sale items at our store in The Shops at Stevenson Village.



The Shops at Stevenson Village 10435 Stevenson Rd. Stevenson, Md. 21153


Cool and Collected Resort Wear at Liza Byrd Boutique


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And don’t forget the in store sale room is in full swing with 70% off all sale items at our store in The Shops at Stevenson Village.



The Shops at Stevenson Village 10435 Stevenson Rd. Stevenson, Md. 21153


Decoding Your Property – Some Advice from Maureen Lally of the Whit Harvey Group



According to landscape architects Mary Palmer Dargan and Hugh Graham Dargan, every property can be broken down into four basic parts: the Approach and Arrival, the Hub, the Perimeter and Passages to Destinations.

Last summer Whit Harvey Group team member, Maureen Lalley and her husband John, attended a workshop presented by the Dargans in Cashiers, North Carolina. An avid gardener with an interest in landscape design, Maureen wanted to find out more about this “Four Part Master Plan” directly from the source. She is using what she learned at her own home in Ruxton, and is eager to share her insights with her clients.

The Approach and Arrival Sequence

Everyone has heard the term “curb appeal” but decoding the approach to a home goes beyond mere aesthetics and gets into to the mechanics. The Approach and Arrival sequence, which begins at the street and ends at the front door, includes three parts:
• Drive portal
• Parking court
• Entry nodule

“For centuries, a long axial driveway leading up to the front of a building underscored the property’s significance and impressed visitors with a sense of dignity and grandeur.” Mary and Hugh Dargan

So you don’t live in a manor house with a long drive? Scaled down to smaller properties, a skillfully designed approach and arrival can still have intriguing and unforgettable results.

The Hub

Whatever its style or scale, the house is the centerpiece of the property. Architectural composure deals with the style, size and mass of your house and its relationship to the ground plane. Each style has building materials associated with it, such as brick, stone, stucco and wood, that can harmonize with freestanding walls and paved areas.

Scale is key when developing the appropriate landscaping for your home. If the house is a mansion, plant large-scale trees and shrubs. For little “architectural gems”, look to historic house museums and old photographs. For cottages, almost anything goes, as long as it is intimate and personal in scale.

Creating and improving vistas and captured views is the second design consideration. Vistas work both ways – from the house to the grounds, and the grounds to the house.

Captured views are created from windows and doors with focal-point gardens, or eye-catchers from the inside of the house looking out to build visual links between the interior rooms and the outdoors. Windows and doors are excellent framing devices and help create the dynamic connections between the two spaces. For a captured view to connect with the interior of the house, consider harmonizing the interior colors with the exterior views.

The Perimeter

The perimeter consists of the outdoor spaces immediately adjacent to the house and within easy reach of the interior. These include terraces, decks, porches and lawns. Places for dining, cooking, gardening and entertaining wrap around the house in one continuous picture as linked perimeter spaces. You might think of each area as a room without walls, but seamlessly connected.

Passages and Destinations

This part of the Master Plan is about design elements that invite exploration and enjoyment of garden environments set away from the house itself. A destination can be as simple as a wooden bench under a tree, or a unique birdhouse nestled in a corner, or as elaborate as a pavilion or secluded garden sanctuary. The journey there should be as enjoyable as the destination.

Whatever size home you have, decoding the areas of your property using the Four-Part Master Plan can work for you. Using harmonious materials creates a seamless flow, and adding planting for beauty and interest and can be used to shape spaces and solve visual problems. “Memorable moments” can occur at any point from the street to the front door.

Photo by Maureen Lalley.
 Maureen and her husband helped their friends create a more balanced foundation planting by moving existing boxwoods and replanting them according to size to form a pleasing “node” as a transition between walkway and front porch.

For more information and details on how to create the best plan your your home, read “Timeless Landscape Design: The Four-Part Master Plan, by Mary Palmer Dargan, ASLA and Hugh Graham Dargan, ASLA.