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George Washington would recognize today’s Mount Vernon garden, but not the weather
The president’s estate maintains his beautiful gardens and farm, despite milder winters.
 
Spring will be here soon. Enjoy the last days of winter stillness in the garden.
(The Washington Post, February 8, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
Grab those pruners — there’s seasonal work to be done in the garden
(The Washington Post, February 1, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
Owls are natural-born killers. So why do we adore them so much?
(The Washington Post, January 24, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
Three head-turning perennials Washington gardeners should try this year
(The Washington Post, January 18, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
What the ancient Greeks can teach us about herbs
(The Washington Post, January 10, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
A hotter, more volatile 2016 leaves this gardener rethinking tomato timing
(The Washington Post, January 3, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
Dispelling myths around the Arctic Circle’s famed ‘doomsday’ seed vault
(The Washington Post, December 20, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
An easy, elegant and strangely addictive holiday project: DIY boxwood wreaths
(The Washington Post, December 9, 2016; 12:00 PM)
 
As school gardens spread, so do the teaching moments
(The Washington Post, December 7, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
If the garden is due for a rock revival, gravel would be the way to go
(The Washington Post, November 22, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Gardeners: November is a vital time for a successful spring bloom
(The Washington Post, November 15, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
We know you love your leaf blower, but it’s ruining the neighborhood
(The Washington Post, November 1, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Why the Japanese maple is a must-have for any foliage-loving gardener
(The Washington Post, October 26, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Does your garden need a fall cleanup? Not so fast.
(The Washington Post, October 12, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
An arborist muses on a 35-year career high in the branches
(The Washington Post, October 5, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
In this garden, fall is a time to flourish, not fade
(The Washington Post, September 28, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Once barely surviving, the grass on the Mall gets a serious makeover
(The Washington Post, September 20, 2016; 9:00 AM)
 
In Washington, the joy of fall gardening is a reward for suffering through summer
(The Washington Post, September 14, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
The curtain falls on Ireland’s most famous private garden
(The Washington Post, September 7, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
There’s nothing phony about false indigo
(The Washington Post, August 30, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
The underrated beauty of moths
(The Washington Post, August 23, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Meadows-in-a-can are a myth. Real ones take a lot of planning and patience.
(The Washington Post, August 16, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
A shrub to brighten the dog days of summer
(The Washington Post, August 3, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Rekindling a gardener’s passion for daylilies
(The Washington Post, July 26, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Birds, chipmunks, snakes, insects: At some point, the gardener feels like an intruder
(The Washington Post, July 20, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
This distinctive tree is vastly underappreciated — and it’s dying out
(The Washington Post, July 13, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Humans love fireflies, but we haven’t made life easy for them
(The Washington Post, July 6, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Bee enthusiasts of all stripes flock to Washington amid pollinator concerns
(The Washington Post, June 29, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Leave it to a botanical garden to find beauty in a parking lot
(The Washington Post, June 15, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
With re-creation of 1500s garden, a reminder of when herb knowledge was a survival tool
(The Washington Post, June 1, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
If any place can get young minds to unplug, it’s a college sitting on an arboretum
(The Washington Post, May 25, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
This gardener has the secret to tomatoes in May. (Hint: It’s not a greenhouse.)
(The Washington Post, May 18, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
A common pesticide may be a menace to pollinators. Know how to protect them.
(The Washington Post, May 11, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
Salvias add vitality to your garden when it needs it the most
(The Washington Post, May 4, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
Preserving a fleeting art form: The garden
(The Washington Post, April 27, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
One of a gardener’s greatest joys: The return of birds during nesting season
(The Washington Post, April 20, 2016; 12:00 PM)
 
Everything you need to know to assemble and care for a succulent garden
(The Washington Post, April 13, 2016; 12:00 PM)
 
Get to know the different succulent varieties
(The Washington Post, April 13, 2016; 12:00 PM)
 
The exuberance of spring takes its toll on the gardener’s wallet
(The Washington Post, April 7, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Wholesale nurseries have their own Black Friday: It’s called April.
(The Washington Post, March 30, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
A garden the ‘Downton Abbey’ crowd would drool over
(The Washington Post, March 23, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
5 secrets of successful gardeners
(The Washington Post, March 16, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Spring is nearly here. Have you finished your winter chores?
(The Washington Post, March 9, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
Invasive mosquito that calls the U.S. home is a known Zika carrier
(The Washington Post, February 19, 2016; 1:37 PM)
 
There’s a lot more to winter trees than meets the eye
(The Washington Post, February 17, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
Turn your yard from swampy to swanky with these moisture-loving plants
(The Washington Post, February 2, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
From the horticultural greats, garden guidance for all of us
(The Washington Post, January 27, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
The garden is a sanctuary — for plants, animals, Mother Earth and you
(The Washington Post, January 20, 2016; 8:00 AM)