D.C. Garden Design & GardenWise, Inc.
WJLA’s NEWSCHANNEL8 featured J. Mark White of GardenWise, Inc. as a lead guest on their signature program, Let’s Talk Live, to discuss Washington, D.C., Garden Design, and great tips for getting gardens ready for different seasons. Mark gave easy to follow tips on how to make the most of your outside spaces with program hosts Doug McKelway and Natasha Barrett. Mark also shared some “behind the scene” secrets with Natasha from his episodes of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal” that were filmed on location in Washington DC.
Landscape and Garden Trends
Staying Ahead of the Curve
Cozy cocoons, rooftop gardens, organic treatments and other trends
By: Dennis McCafferty
In this economy, any edge will help a landscaping business. The best way to maintain an edge is to stay on top of developing trends that could expand your customer offerings, thus increasing sales opportunities. Here are five trends to watch in 2009:
Above: One of White’s signature “cocoon” spaces in Washington, D.C.
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Private, secure and even cozy spaces are now growing in demand among families seeking quality time with friends and loved ones at home. This is leading to a number of landscapers establishing “cocoon” design niches, with raised planter/seat walls, built-in water features and privacy arbors/fencing, says J. Mark White, owner of Arlington, Va.-based GardenWise Inc. Colorful plantings are also often part of the package, as well as elegant stone terraces. “With the current economic situation, these intimate spaces give homeowners a private, verdant sanctuary in their own backyard,” says White, who regularly appears on HGTV’s Curb Appeal.
Home & Garden Problem Solved
By REBECCA BULL REED
“Mark Did a Stellar Job Maximizing Usable Outdoor Living Area.”
No one ever wants to cut down a beautiful, healthy tree. Face it: The guilt that ensues is akin to forgetting to pick up your child from carpool. More often than not, the argument to cut is centered on saving money, but what these homeowners saw in their own backyard was priceless: The statley American elm gave their home a sense of permanence.
IT’ OURS, NOW WHAT?
Dan Melman and Ed Rogers needed to overhaul their 84-year-old D.C. home. The update would encompass not only a footprint-altering addition but also a backyard renovation. Keeping the tree’s health in mind, they first placed a call to Landscape Architect J. Mark White, owner of GardenWise, Inc. in Arlington, Virginia. He called an arborist at The Care of Trees in DC.
ROOM TO GROW
While the landscape plan was still in the developmental stage, Mark worked closely with The Care of Trees to tweak the plans for both the house and the yard. “Six months prior to breaking ground, we prepared the tree for construction,” says arborist Shawn Sifers. The home’s addition was stairstepped so that the new breakfast room cleared the tree by a good 8 feet.
HAPPINESS ALL AROUND
With construction finished, everyone is pleased with the results. “Even our neighbors who requested we save the tree are delighted,” says Dan.
Mark did a stellar job maximizing usable outdoor area. “My goal was to create an upper terrace for dining and relaxing along with a lower space to allow for overflow during large gatherings,” says Mark. “Best of all, the lower terrace also doubles as a recreation area for their twin boys.”
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“Cocooning” and the Future of Landscape Architecture
By Jay Bildstein
J. Mark White talks to me about his work, trends in landscape architecture, the creative use of space, “garden rooms,” and “Cocooning.” In this podcast you can listen to Mark as he discusses ways of beautifying homes & gardens. He also discusses the importance of landscape architecture in the face of the economic circumstances currently confronting homewoners.
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