On Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, the Cylburn Arboretum will host the fourth annual Celebration of Art at Cylburn.
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. Read More →
Although there is still plenty of snow on the ground, and the temperatures are supposed to drop to the low teens again this weekend, signs that spring is coming are all around us. From the sun setting at almost 6:00 p.m. to the flip of the calendar page on Sunday, spring’s is almost here!
It’s hard to believe that the clocks change next week, and for many of us, that’s cause for celebration. Yes, we will have to endure some dark mornings, but really, what are you doing at that hour anyway?
Have you started thinking about your garden yet? All winter long, we’ve been perusing seed and bulb catalogues like the one from White Flower Farm in Connecticut. They always have a great selection of annuals, perennials and roses. How about this gorgeous rose named after Princess Charlene of Monaco?
If you didn’t remember to plant your bulbs last fall, it’s a little late to do it for this year. But if you’ve planted bulbs in the past, you might begin to see shoots from them in the next few weeks. In England, the first thing to burst through the frozen ground are the snowdrops. Meadows and woodlands are blanketed with beautiful and tiny white snowdrops. Read More →
World renowned Ladew Topiary Gardens is always a great place to bring the kids. After all, there’s plenty of space to run around, hide behind giant hedges, and appreciate the Alice in Wonderland-esque topiary masterpieces. But now there’s even more at Ladew to thrill the little ones. So this year’s Children’s Day also marks the opening of Ladew’s new Butterfly House. Dare we say it’s Ladew’s most eagerly anticipated family event yet? We think it just might be. After all, it’s a day long celebration of caterpillars and butterflies– those perennial kid favorites. Not that we as adults would turn down an afternoon of wondering at these most gorgeous members of the insect world ourselves. So save the date (Saturday, September 6) for Ladew’s most aflutter family day ever. Read More →
At this year’s Celebration of Art benefit for the Cylburn Arboretum Association, sculpture was shown for the first time. Although every one of their floral arrangements at past Cylburn events has been eye-popping, this year Nolley & Fitzpatrick Event Design created a sculptural masterpiece. Read More →
Baltimore truly is the Charm City—and never is that more apparent than when our gardens and trees are in full bloom, and the early summer sun dapples the city just so, accenting the remarkable architecture that’s around almost every corner. Thankfully, this is also the season when many of our most beautiful historic neighborhoods make themselves available through walking home and garden tours—with residents eager to show off their blocks in all their blooming glory. This year marks the 20th annual home and garden tour in historic Reservoir Hill, and it takes place June 7th and 8th. Save those dates. Read More →
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.
With the gorgeous spring season upon us, gardens are certainly on everyone’s minds. The cherry blossoms are blossoming, the tulips are tulip-ing, and everyone is out and about on beautiful weekend mornings mulching and sowing, and sprucing up their outdoor spots. This is the time of year when house and garden tours really hit the spot. Nothing inspires one to live beautifully like taking in the views and carefully crafted landscapes of historic and remarkable dwellings. Read More →
For those who treasure time spent outdoors (particularly in our own backyards), this can either be the best time of year or the worst. Worst, of course, because just as the little crocuses and daffodils start popping their heads out of the ground, here comes yet another snow storm. Right? But on the other hand, spring and summer really are right around the corner, and full of promise and potential. And before you know it, we’ll be lounging on the porch and eating home grown tomatoes by the basketful. I promise. And so it’s right around this time that the demand for talented landscape designers peaks. Particularly those with the (well deserved) reputation of Brenton Landscape Architecture.
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