Tag: horticulture

The Elements of Period Gardens

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From “American Home Landscapes”. Photo by Tracy DiSabato-Aust.

This is a big week at Cylburn Arboretum. Located off of Northern Parkway, this green oasis is increasingly enjoyed by both city and county residents. In recent years, the Cylburn Arboretum Association  has connected nature with art through exhibitions in the Vollmer Center, programs for adults and children and an artist-in-residence program.

Cylburn’s first artist-in-residence, Patricia Bennett opens her exhibit of paintings done during her past year there. Well-known as an event painter, Bennett has also produced an impressive series of Impressionistic paintings of the gardens.  An opening reception takes place Friday, November 1 at 5:30 p.m. The show continues through the weekend, then November 5-7.

A new effort begins Sunday, November 3 at 2 p.m. with the Arboretum’s first book talk and signing. In cooperation with the Ivy Bookshop  and Timber Press, author Laura Burchfield will speak and show excerpts from her newly released book American Home Landscapes, A Design Guide to Creating Period Garden Styles

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I’ve been working to replant the gardens around the 1922 Roland Park house where I grew up and live. Not until I saw the Timber Press book did I realize what a period garden we still have.  Essential elements of American, Colonial Revival gardens from 1900-1930 include:  symmetry, balance and a central axis, geometric beds, a picket fence, old-fashioned flowers.

 

In Roland Park, fences were originally permitted only in limited form, never in the front yard, because of the Olmsted design principal of low hedges instead of fences. At our house, however, the second owner was granted an exception to the architectural restrictions, because he thought Cold Spring Lane was too busy. If only he could see it now. Boxwoods were used for the front border, but along the sides and back, he installed brick pillars with sections of square, white spindles in between.

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No flower garden was in front or along the sides, just more boxwoods and a long lilac border on the east side and privet hedge on the west.

Signs of Spring: The Ladew Gardens Lecture Series

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Ladew Topiary Gardens

Get into the spring spirit (just ignore the snow outside) with the Ladew Spring Lecture Series: 2013. Held in Harvey Ladew’s Studio every Wednesday until April 17, the engaging lectures address gardens, landscaping, plant species and more, and they’re equally instructive for the neophyte, novice or knowledgable.  Ladew is one of those Baltimore institutions we too often take for granted, so make one of the lectures your reason to head there this season. It’s the prettiest time of year in the garden!

Spring lecture dates and descriptions below.

Bringing Awesome To Your Garden with Lloyd Traven

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2710:30am in the Ladew Studio

In a time when it seems every place has exactly the same plant selections, we all need fresh ideas, new choices, different methods and a whole new design concept. Water-friendly, edibles, foliage, container combinations—the rules have changed and a new world awaits. Come along with Lloyd as he shows some of the best new ideas you can take home and use this spring! Lloyd Traven and his wife Candy own Peace Tree Farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a respected operation among international horticulturists. Lloyd is an advocate for small growers, with a passion for growing quality plants matched only by his commitment to using advanced technology combined with sustainable and organic growing techniques. For more information, please visitwww.peacetreefarm.com.

Through the “Garden Gate” in Guilford, Homeland and Roland Park

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On a cold, rainy Monday in April Jim Childs and Jack Coyier  flew in from Iowa where they work for Garden Gate magazine. http://www.gardengatemagazine.com They came to Baltimore to photograph gardens. Monday afternoon we toured Roland Park,  Guilford  and Homeland.  I introduced them to a handful of the areas’ finest private gardens, as well as to Sherwood Gardens.

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