GardenWise, Inc. D.C. Landscape Second August Episode of HGTV’s CURB APPEAL

GardenWise’s Second August Episode of CURB APPEAL

It’s a busy month for GardenWise as Mark is featured in his second episode of CURB APPEAL this month, airing on HGTV on Saturday, August 15th at 7PM. 

In this program, Mark creates a more classic look for homeowners Matt and Chris who wanted to put their own stamp on their home with a more open and welcoming approach.  Mark replaced the dated and uninspired entrance with a bold and broad open staircase that leads directly to the front door.  By adding a small landing at the top of the first staircase, Chris and Matt were able to add a bench to create an intimate and gracious seating area.  

The staircase continues to a new front door, and a new flagstone porch and stair treads that are highlighted by a decorative wrought iron  railing.   Furnari Iron Works did an excellent job bringing life to Mark’s iron work design which adds sophistication and elegance to the home.  Mark also created a shade garden, that includes a lot of woodland planting.  Other design elements include additional hardscape features and new retaining walls, additional landscaping, flanking piers, and new decorative lighting.

This episode was great fun to shoot as Mark’s real life clients Matt and Chris are a pleasure to work with, and Mark had the chance to bring Matt to his own home to see the different types of flowers and plants that thrive in the Washington, D.C.-area.  If you look closely, you’ll see a souvenir Mark picked up from an earlier trip to Greece — a cast!   Mark injured his foot in a motorcycle accident, and this episode was shot a few weeks after his surgery.  

Here’s an inside scoop for this episode — Mark reached out to popular Washington, D.C.-area architect Dwight McNeill, AIA, who met with the homeowners to go over choices for the exterior color palette.  Dwight’s taste is unmatched,  and  he saved the day by giving Chris and Matt the exact color combinations they hoped to find, which were used in the episode.  To see more of Dwight’s work, check out this  feature  story  from  Better Homes & Gardens and his web site, 

Below is the GardenWise, Inc. plan for the Curb Appeal of it all, as well as before and after pictures.   








D.C. Landscape GardenWise, Inc. on HGTV’s CURB APPEAL


Another GardenWise, Inc. CURB APPEAL Success!

Don’t miss tonight’s Curb Appeal on HGTV at 7PM with J. Mark White as the D.C. Landscape Design expert.   “French Bistro Front Porch” features the GardenWise, Inc. crew installing Mark’s design work that transformed this neglected and dilapidated D.C. Capitol Hill row house  into a true “Curb Appeal” success. 

With the help of City Iron Works, who did a fantastic job bringing Mark’s  ironwork designs to life, the new landscape, including the lower front brick wall, new front walkway from the curb, higher brick walls, new front steps, extensive multi-level planting, new patio, additional porch lighting, and garden accents, create the beautiful and much needed  garden space that successfully separates and protects the home from the street.  GardenWise, Inc. owns the rights to all of the landscape, hardscape, and ironwork design work seen in each episode of Curb Appeal that Mark appears in on HGTV.  

Here’s a little secret and some fun insight into how some of these design programs are produced.  This project actually took over three months to complete from start to finish.  Yes, three months!  Mark came up with the design ideas and put them to paper, creating a wonderful French  inspired design in two weeks.   The permits necessary to install the landscape, hardscape and ironwork, which is all of the design work in this episode, took two months to obtain by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, the office that approves all building work in D.C.  Once Mark’s design plans were approved by the DCRA, things moved right along, and the GardenWise, Inc. crew installed the entire project in four weeks.       

Below is the GardenWise, Inc. plan for the Curb Appeal of it all, as well as a before and several after pictures.  For more information on this episode, please visit HGTV at






Landscaping After
Custom Ironwork

J. Mark White of GardenWise on Designing DC Garden Spaces

Here’s an excerpt from an in-depth interview with reporter Jay Bildstein who talked with Mark about Garden Design and Landscape Architecture trends, among other topics.  

Jay: If somebody from New York City, seeing you on television, seeing your work on HGTV on “Curb Appeal,”  if they said, “Mark you’re the genius, you know, you’re the guru. I want to fly you up to New York to design my very small 300 square foot terrace outside of my two bedroom apartment in Manhattan,” could you then with your experience dealing with these more confined spaces, get up there and say this is what we’re going to do, this is how we’re going to blend the look in, as well as the view from your building.

Mark: Oh most definitely. I worked on a similar type of space in Arlington, VA, which is a suburb of Washington, DC. The space has incredible views to the National Mall, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial from the balcony. It’s a very tight linear space, but in this case it was important to have every detail count. A lot of the plantings had to be put in large planters, so it was important for these pots, or planters, to have a one of a kind look. It’s also very important in a small space to have everything be cohesive so there aren’t too many elements going on.

Jay: So let me ask you,  by having in an expert like yourself  involved, can homeowners beautify their home, and in beautifying their home, especially in a downturn real estate market, maybe increase the value of their home for a relatively modest investment and bring up the value of their home compared to let’s say homes in their neighborhood that haven’t been professionally landscaped? 

Mark: Oh, yes.  I’ve designed numerous gardens that have been featured in real estate brochures, showing that they’re considered part of the space; it’s particularly important in urban or city gardens to have these little oasises that serve as an extension of the house.   It’s been proven a minimum of 10% and as much 15% of the house’s worth could be put into landscaping and you’ll definitely see the return on your investment.