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House of the Day: Monkton Farmhouse, ‘Whispering Pines’, Circa 1850, With Pool and Bank Barn

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 4:34pm

16501 York Road, Monkton
5 bedroom(s), 3 bathroom(s)
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House of the Day: Pretty Farmhouse, Custom Built, On 5.7 Acres In Monkton With Hereford Schools

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 4:26pm

$615,000 1233 Piney Hill Road, Monkton 4 bedroom(s), 3 bathroom(s) 1233 Piney Hill Road 1233 Piney Hill Road 1233 Piney Hill Road 1233 Piney Hill Road 1233 Piney Hill Road Read More →

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Maple Tree and Rare Plant Sale This Fri – Sun at Grist Mill Landscaping

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 29, 2014 10:17am

Ready for fall planting?  Perfect timing!  This weekend, Grist Mill Landscaping will be open to the public, offering one of the best maple tree and rare plant sale of the year.  Stop by between 8am – 5pm to take in the area’s largest selection of Red Maples, Japanese Maples, Sugar Maples as well as other gorgeous unusual plants and trees to make your outdoor living space spectacularly unique.  Don’t pass up this opportunity to walk 3+ acres of gorgeous landscape while you’re there.  Bob Farmer had created a viewing garden oasis, and offers many ways for you to showcase your new trees. And don’t worry, delivery is available!


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House of the Day: 1915 Converted Barn, Architect Designed, On The Gunpowder River

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 10:39am

16706 Remare Road, Monkton
4 bedroom(s), 5 bathroom(s)
16706 Remare Road
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The Dan Haas Band Lights Up Ladew Garden Concert Series Sunday

0 Written by: | Friday, Jul 18, 2014 4:59pm


July 13: Dan Haas Band at Ladew Gardens

Despite being from Annapolis, the Dan Haas Band performs much more than yacht rock! From Motown to today’s hits, to rock, pop and classics, this band’s set list is an auditory smorgasbord that all ages will enjoy!  

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Sounds, Scents and Shadows in the Garden with Gristmill Landscaping

0 Written by: | Friday, Jul 11, 2014 11:00am


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.

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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.



Gristmill Landscaping

1532 Jarrettsville Road | Jarrettsville, MD, 21084 | 410-557-4213

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Unique Stone Pieces for Outdoor Living Spaces at Gristmill Landscaping

0 Written by: | Monday, Jun 09, 2014 1:00pm

(from the Gristmill Landscaping website)

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.

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Make Plans for Father’s Day Sunday- The Crawdaddies at the Ladew Summer Concert Series

0 Written by: | Friday, Jun 06, 2014 2:00pm

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June 15: The Crawdaddies

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

Admission includes the Gardens:

Members $7
Adults $15
Seniors (62+) and Students $13
Children (ages 2 -12) $5
Children under 2 are FREE



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Cool Monkton Contemporary With Insane Garage, Nice Pool and 26 Acres On The Gunpowder

1 Written by: | Tuesday, May 06, 2014 12:03pm


Hot House: 1337 Blue Mount Road, Monkton, MD. 21111


Barn-style contemporary, circa 1988, updated Walter Ramberg design, cedar shake exterior with metal standing-seam roof. Seven bedrooms, 5 full, 1 half bath over three levels and 7,956 sq. ft.  Gallery foyer, vaulted great room with 2 fireplaces, gourmet custom kitchen, en suite master with spa bath, separate shower, walk-in closets, and screened porch. Hardwood floors throughout, central a/c, stand-by generator. 125’ bluestone patio, Lothorian pool, fish pond, 3+5 car garage with lifts and loft. 27+ private acres with views: $2,195,000 Read More →

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Expand Your Living Space with Gristmill Landscaping

0 Written by: | Friday, May 02, 2014 10:00am

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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.


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