Phlox ‘Miss Lingard’ is GardenWise

A Sophisticated Lady

As we approach April, you  should  already be thinking about your summer flowers, and beautiful  Phlox  ‘Miss  Lingard’  is a  mid-summer  GardenWise  favorite!   With a spectacular  clump-forming habit, ‘Miss Lingard’ has  spikes  of sweetly scented,  refined pure white flowers that are disease resistant, so you won’t have to deal with that powdery mildew mess you sometimes get with other types of Phlox.  

Phlox comes from the Greek for “plant with showy flowers” and “flame,” and  ‘Miss Lingard’ delivers with a gorgeous  eye-catching  spray  of  flowers.  A June-August  bloomer,  ‘Miss Lingard’ gets 2-3  feet  tall, is beautiful  when planted in groups, and is a great  pick  if you’re planting an all white flower garden or just need of a sophisticated garden show stopper. 

Mark White is GardenWise!

Congratulations to Our Own J. Mark White!

The Hill Rag has named  Mark a  top  landscape architect on Capitol Hill  for “setting the standard for  good  landscape  architecture and design     on Capitol Hill” in their   “Homes  &  Gardens” special isssue.  You can read the story here.

Mark’s been thinking of  landscape architecture for  as  long  as  he  can remember!   He built retaining walls for Boy Scout projects;  created master garden plans while in middle school; and in high school he landscaped his Mom and Dad’s home in the Court House area of Northern Virginia.  Mark  earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) from Virginia Tech, and started GardenWise in 1994.   

In this blog post are pictures of both Capitol Hill gardens featured in The Hill Rag; one is a quiet and relaxing rooftop getaway, while the second is a street level garden space; both have water features and numerous intimate seating areas.  For those who enjoy before and after pictures, here’s a before and after of the street level gardens space — a nice transformation. 

DC State Fair is the Fairest of Them All!

Welcome Back, DC State Fair

For those of us inside the beltway, calling D.C. a state isn’t as strange as the out of the district dwellers may think.  And we now have a State Fair!  

DC has  a  strong  “state”  attitude,  a  beloved and  popular  newspaper,  excellent  colleges , and fatastic restaurants — it seems all the interesting  “Top Chef” contestants have a restaurants and a presence here, including  Spike Carla and Richard Blais.  Each month somebody considered famous is here to testify about something  close  to  their  heart  on t he Hill,  and our special brand of power and history draws more than  3,000,000 visitors each year. You  can  turn  the  corner  and step into an  Angelina  Jolie  or   Matt  Damon  film,  and  Michelle Obama can be seen planting a garden or picking up burgers from Five Guys.   Can  you  tell  I’m  a  DC  native?  While many believe we’re taxed unfairly (our  license  plate  tag?  “Taxation  Without  Representation”)  we take it all in stride because that’s how we roll.  

Well, we also have a state fair, which launched last year and it was a great success.  I started to hear about the first annual DC State Fair last year online and via friends on twitter, and from there it seemed everyone in town was writing and reporting on it.  I was in, and excited to attend.  I  was  convinced  to enter some of our container veggies in the fair’s vegetable contest, and our lemon cucumbers won first place in the  “funkiest” veggie category.   That win led me to talk about my DC State Fair memories  with  Kenneth  Moore,  president   of  the  DC State Fair, who blogs about gardening and cooking as The Indoor Garden(er).  I hope you’ll read the interview, and check out the DC State Fair blog.  If you’re, as we say,  in the distirct, at the end of August, come check out our state fair.  For more infomration  you can visit the DC  State  Fair  blog,  or  tweet  Ken at  @indoorgarden_er.  

One of my favorite memories of the event?  All the wonderful pies entered in the  pie  baking  contest,  which  I  got  to  judge.