Garden Show

How Does Your Garden Show: Garden Memories



by Kathy Hudson

Each day, early and late,

I sit on a chipped brick step,

the lichen-covered bench or chair,

surprised to be here

in this house, in this city.

How Does Your Garden Show? With Conservatory Families


Last Saturday, The Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens of Baltimore was, as ever, full of well-maintained plantings inside and out. It was also full of families, two in particular: the Rawlings family and the Silber family.   

SRB at Rawlings Conservatory

How Does Your Garden Show: Camp Mont Shenandoah



Realtors like to talk about curb appeal, how a property “shows” from the curb. On arrival, this garden writer pays not as much attention to the appearance of a house as to its plantings.

How Does Your Garden Show: Lookin’ Good at 100!

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Mrs. Pauline Vollmer. Photo by Janet Draper.

Pauline Vollmer, the grande dame of Baltimore horticulture, recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Among various festivities in her garden, she celebrated with principals and staff of the renowned Washington, D.C. landscape architecture firm Oehme van Sweden (OvS) A few days later she celebrated with officers and members of the Horticultural Society of Maryland.

The celebration with OvS might also have been considered a celebration of the firm, which pioneered the New American style of gardens. The Vollmer garden, originally designed in the 1960s by the late Wolfgang Oehme, is considered the first residential project of OvS. 

How Does Your Garden Show? A Roland Park Surprise




On a recent Sunday, I attended the 100th birthday celebration of a house on Elmwood Road in Roland Park. Although I’d been to the house before, I had not been there during the daytime since childhood.

How Does Your Garden Show: “Seeds, Steeds, and Beautiful Weeds” at Ladew Topiary Gardens



Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 4.27.23 PMEven on a stormy spring day and before the wildflower meadow at Ladew Topiary Gardens emerges, it’s alive with stunning flowers and wildlife.

Dreaming of Spring



On a cold February morning, the temperature says winter, but the light says spring. The brightness brings daydreams; in my mind’s eye I see new blooms.

Sounds, Scents and Shadows in the Garden with Gristmill Landscaping



Bob Farmer, owner of Gristmill Landscaping, considers more than color, shape and texture when he’s selecting plants for a garden.

Fall Color in the Garden


Gardens take on a special look in fall. With leaves falling and plants turning brown, the landscape looks more relaxed.

Shorter days and the end of the blooming season make each flower more appreciated: the final roses, the ubiquitous chrysanthemums, a wild-card zinnia, a dahlia.