The DC Ladies are GardenWise

Hello @DCLadies!

We started to follow @DCLadies on twitter last year because we loved their name! Soon we were visiting their fabulous site each week. Their one paragraph bio made us read on . . . “A forty something mom and her twenty something daughter team up to give you an eclectic mix of what is fun, fashionable, family related and just plain fabulous in our Capital Area for women.” Well, Shelley and Sarah deliver, with original content ranging from DC events, DC style, DC Food, and stories for everyone in and out of the district to enjoy.

Today, GardenWise shares our Landscape and Gardening ideas and tips with The DC Ladies, and we couldn’t be more excited. J. Mark White is a native Washingtonian and he founded GardenWise on Capitol Hill in 1994. Metro-DC is so special, with the most incredible spaces to add gardens. As summer begins, make your garden spaces all they can be, whether you’re in an urban area with limited space or in a neighborhood with larger garden spaces. Remember, you already have the space! How you define it and use it can forever change how you live your life at home.

As everyone in DC knows, a DC Lady can be a Foggy Bottom Lady, a Capitol Hill Lady, or a Penthill Lady. But in the Metro-DC area, a DC Lady can also be an Arlington Lady, a Silver Spring Lady or an Alexandria Lady. While we love our neighborhoods, combined we make up the DC Ladies, and that’s what we loved about this site, it’s for everyone!

Something we must remind all the DC Ladies, if you take on a larger gardening project or one that involves hardscape (retaining walls, steps, brick work, etc.) talk to a trained and educated landscape professional whose job it is to avoid the traps untrained folks will fall into. Broken gas lines are just the beginning — replacing improperly designed and installed plantings, walkways, arbors, brick and stone work, water features and irrigations systems can be quite costly, and will only take away from what should be a fantastic and inspired gardening experience and result.

Pictured: GardenWise, Inc. projects on Capitol Hill and in Georgetown (photo credits: Home & Design Magazine and Lydia Cutter)

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.