Bob Farmer, owner of Gristmill Landscaping, considers more than color, shape and texture when he’s selecting plants for a garden. “Sounds, scents and shadows can really tie a garden together,” he says. The sounds of water in a water feature soothe and add ambiance. Water draws nature to the garden, particularly birds whose calls then fill the garden. The trees that the birds use also contribute sound in the form of the rustling leaves on deciduous trees and the whispering of pines. “Yes,” says Farmer. “Conifers do add sound.”
Later in summer crickets add their symphony. Garden sounds even distract from the cacophony of traffic sounds on busy streets. The combined sounds in a garden help human inhabitants enjoy the space, sit and relax and have moments of reverie and reflection.
“Scent is the most vital of all your senses,” says Farmer. Besides the most obvious scents, Farmer likes the smell of dew on the grass and plants, the smell of rain, even the smell of snow. In summer the smell of cut grass fills a garden after mowing. When planting and weeding, the loamy smell of earth arises.
The smells of all elements – earth, wind, water and fire – are present in the garden if the garden has a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. In three seasons, spring to fall, the sweet smells of daffodils, hyacinths, viburnums, daphne bushes, lilacs, roses, lavender, monarda, lilies (especially ‘Stargazers’) and autumn clematis. “And don’t forget Styrax japonicus,” Farmer says of the elegant, compact tree that blooms in spring.
“Shadows play such a part in the landscape too,” says Farmer. “Morning shadows are different than any other shadows.” First thing in the morning, he explains, the shadows are more intense. With the sun at noon, shadows begin to lengthen. Open plant material further elongates the shadows. “The same plants you plant for texture also create rewarding shadows,” Farmer says giving hinoki cypress as an example. “The whole plant is laced with shadows at any given time, because of the fan-shaped foliage that casts off unusual shadows.”
The day ends with softer light and deeper shadows. “The dark becomes darker, and the light becomes lighter,” says Farmer. He likes white flowers to brighten the garden at dusk, moonflowers especially. Each large white trumpet unfurls in evening and stays open until sunrise. For an added bonus some moonflowers are fragrant.
Sounds, scents and shadows not only tie a garden together, but they also carry through the garden, creating movement and adding sensory dimension to enrich the experience of working in and living with a garden.
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A walkabout through the Gristmill exhibit gardens and nursery offers an opportunity to view a collection of unique stone carvings, objects of art, animal sculptures, benches and tables, placed as they might appear in your planned environment. Much of The Gristmill Collection is unique and exclusive in our area, many of the pieces designed by Bob. Fountains to firepits, antique millstones and watertroughs from Asia… all bring a special patina to the landscape. Granite, sandstone, slabs of jade, are some of the raw materials put to use, with pieces scaled for the smallest urban courtyard to large estate properties.
We welcome back to Ladew the ever-so-popular Crawdaddies for their annual Cajun/Zydeco roots rockin’ Father’s Day celebration!
About The Crawdaddies
The Crawdaddies are a very popular group from the East Coast whose music combines some of Louisiana’s Cajun / Zydeco / Blues sounds with North Eastern’s Roots Rock / Americana / Ska influences to create a very unique sound that is all its own
Ladew Summer Concert Series:
Consider becoming a Music Lover member and receive half-price admission to the concerts and passes for your guests! Admission includes the Gardens.
To become a Music Lover member or for more information on concerts at Ladew, email Elizabeth Cook, Concert Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission includes the Gardens:
Seniors (62+) and Students $13
Children (ages 2 -12) $5
Children under 2 are FREE
Hot House: 1337 Blue Mount Road, Monkton, MD. 21111
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Landscaping & Design
Sensitivity to multiple elements comes into play as the plant material in a planned landscape is brought into a natural focus. Color, texture, sounds, lighting, scent, layering, depth of field, four season interest, sustainability, care and maintenance, resistance to stress, drought, and disease. Even in the smallest of gardens, specific areas become unique micro climates, each a small vignette in the natural order.
All design starts with a wishlist. To this, add the use of space. Space equals balance in the landscape. Avoid over-landscaping, keep it natural and well designed. Foundation planting does not have to push up tight on the house. A garden should be lived in to fully enjoy.
Designing a landscape takes on many facets; such as meeting with a client and listening to their thoughts and concepts on what they wish their landscape to be. Drawing a design encompasses more than plant material and hardscaping. It has to be in harmony with the client’s life style, be it a garden room, a wooded meadow, or a meandering garden path with surprising vignettes along the way, leading to a dramatic fire pit.
The sound of water is an important element in a garden, the same as color and texture. Water encompasses the full circle of all elements that make up a design concept. with all facets in play, the landscape will have four seasons of interest for your year round enjoyment.
Special offer for Baltimore Viewers: Enter a comment below for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the festival! Drawing will be held Wednesday, 5pm and will include entries from all Garden Series posts. Good luck- we hope you win…
Schedule of Events:
10 AM-5 PM
Shop from over 40 unique vendors, tour the Gardens, Manor House and Nature Walk
Lecture: Adorning the American Landscape: Garden Ornament from 1740 – 1940
Join Honorary Chair and leading antique expert Barbara Israel as she presents a colorful visual exploration of the history of the garden ornament, an essential but little-examined feature of garden history in America. She will illustrate the development of this functional and fanciful form of art, tracing it from the Victorian era through the first half of the twentieth century. She will draw examples from her book, Antique Garden Ornament: Two Centuries of American Taste. A book sale and signing will follow the lecture.
TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE!
Sale ONLY: $15 for members, $20 for non-members (available at the door)
Sale AND Lecture: $40 for members, $50 for non-members
All prices include admission to the Festival, as well as the Gardens,
Manor House (space is limited for house tours) and Nature Walk.
Lecture tickets are based on availability.
Tickets can be obtained by calling (410) 557-9570, 8am -4pm, and can be purchased at the door.
To purchase your tickets on-line click here.
Spring brings with it the gardener’s checklist: Clearing out the remains of winter, tending to those brave bulbs that brought forth the hint that warmer days were upon us, and of course, garden planning and annuals planting. The Garden Festival at Ladew is always a special treat. An opportunity to gain valuable advice from industry experts and an incredible sale on rare plants and ornaments that allow your imagination to entertain all possibilities. Spending the day traipsing through spectacular and inspiring gardens is just a bonus! Special offer for Baltimore Viewers: Enter a comment below for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the festival! Good luck- we hope you win…
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Join us at the Ladew Garden Festival to shop from an exclusive collection of more than 40 unique vendors featuring hard to find perennials and annuals, unusual exotics and container specialties, plus decorative furniture, urns, statuary, and other architectural treasures.
Widely-recognized as an authority on antique garden ornaments, Barbara Israel, will host Garden Festival as this year’s Honorary Chair and Guest Lecturer.
With this phenomenal spring weather, there’s really no reason not to hit every steeplechase race of the season. And since every steeplechase presents its own unique course of obstacles, each one offers an exciting and unpredictable race. But few can rival the tradition and challenge of the Maryland Hunt Cup. The thrill of horse racing coupled with the sport’s rich tradition in Maryland make a day at the races a fabulous weekend outing for the family, or a really cool date idea, or simply a great way to get away from it all momentarily. When you attend the Hunt Cup, you’re attending a horse race that has been run here in Maryland since 1894, when members of the Elkridge Fox Hunting Club challenged the members of Green Spring Valley Hounds to a timber race. Thus was born the Hunt Cup. In keeping with the challenge, the first race was limited to members of the two original fox hunting clubs, but it proved such a success that the next year it was opened to all fox hunting clubs in Maryland. The race’s popularity spread like wildfire, and in 1903, members from recognized clubs all throughout the United States and Canada were invited to participate. Read More →
Thunderously exciting and heart poundingly beautiful, My Lady’s Manor Steeplechase Races should not be missed. The weather forecast for tomorrow calls for clear skies and temps in the low 70s, and the surrounding gardens are in their state of sweet young bloom. Perfect conditions for a day at the races! There’s still time to purchase tickets in advance, and there will be tickets on sale at the gate.
The My Lady’s Manor Steeplechase Gates open at 10:00 am, with the first race at 1:30 pm. The races are located at Jarrettsville Pike (MD 146) and Pocock Road. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.marylandsteeplechasing.com.
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