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Thanksgiving thoughts from Wendell Berry

We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough? – Wendell Berry Thanksgiving moves rapidly from gratitude to gluttony – I pull the last of the pie out for one more breakfast treat, but the dogs start barking as the sun comes up and I move […]

We know the WHY. Now we learn the HOW from the Post.

(Sergio Peçanha/Illustration for The Washington Post) Recently, we learned the Why about replacing some of our lawn space with native plantings in a piece by Dan Zak of the Washington Post that featured our own Edamarie Mattei. Now we get the How. Sergio Pecanha has provided an excellent overview of simple steps you can take in your own yard to make a significant […]

Shrink your lawn. Save the planet.

  Many thanks to Dan Zak of the Washington Post for the beautifully-written article about Americans’ changing attitudes toward their lawns. Even better, it features our own Edamarie Mattei sharing her thoughts about both her family’s relationship with lawns over time and her views on turf’s changing role in American culture. From the article: “For ‘setting […]

More Native Plants please!

Thanks to Chris Woody for an excellent article in Sunday’s Washington Post that lays out the case for increasing the native plantings in our garden. Some of the highlights of the article include: The key role native plants play in increasing biodiversity and habitat in our stressed environment Thoughts from Doug Tallamy of Homegrown National Park on what we […]

Water features for birds and humans

John Kelly / The Washington Post Thanks to Washington Post columnist John Kelly for the excellent article about garden water features. We are always thrilled to see how much water features are loved by both our clients and wildlife. Contrary to conventional wisdom, you don’t need a lot of space to install a water feature regardless of […]

7 New Years Resolutions for your Garden

Hope for the cracking dam With the New Year’s Day high temperature in the DC region expected to be in the 60’s, I walk outside thinking about the environmental changes that global warming and habitat loss engender. How not to feel a little like Hans Brinker, trying to hold back catastrophe with a single digit? […]