Home & Design Magazine Article ‘A Modern Landscape’
When J. Mark White of GardenWise was called in to restore the garden of a 1920s Colonial Revival, he was already familiar with the property, having previously landscaped the front and back yards. After fire struck the Cleveland Park home, the owners turned to the landscape architect for a redo.
Enjoy Your Garden Through the Cold!
As cold fronts start to roll through, don’t turn your back on your garden! Our gardens are to be used and enjoyed year round, and you can take pleasure in your landscape and its healthy plants and various bright colors during all parts of the year.
Colder weather causes the water inside the plant to freeze, which ruptures cell walls and causes the plants to die. When this happens, it’s too late to save your plant. The trick is to stop the freezing of your plants before it starts, no matter what kind of plants you have.
The most important thing you can do to give your plants the best chance of making it through a cold snap is to mulch your garden now. Mulching will allow for moisture to be held in the plant’s roots while protecting and insulating the root system from sudden changes and bursts of cold weather.
An added bonus? The mulch will decompose and add vital nutirients to the soil, feeding your plants during the winter.
Capture Your Garden & Share with Family & Friends!
This is coolest gift for anyone interested in watching a living plant bloom & grow – The PlantCam!
The PlantCam is a digital garden camera, and a great spring gift for the gardener in your life who starts every day with a quick tour just to see how well everything is blooming. It’s a four-megapixel time-lapse digital camera that captures mini-movie frames of your plants as they grow. It costs less than $100.00 and operates with a motion-sensor camera that also photographs wildlife at the backyard perch, feeder or nest. It can zoom in for closeups of sprouting seeds or capture an entire garden in wide angle. It comes in a weatherproof case, and takes about five minutes to install.
The best feature? It‘s PC and Mac compatible, so you can share your garden’s progress with family and friends on facebook and YouTube!
I received my Plant Cam as a Christmas gift, can’t wait to set it up!
Mark is a feature story in both Landscape Hardscape Design Build and Turf magazines, and talks 2010 garden trends with reporter Marcia Duffy.
Including environmentally friendly stone and hardscape options.
GardenWise, Inc. has been moving forward with “green” trends for several years, and Mark was pleased to share some easy to follow tips and ideas for home- owners across the U.S. who plan to go green with their next landscape/garden project.
All pictures featured in the story are of Mark’s landscape design work in Bethesda, Maryland; Alexandria, Virginia; and in Arlington, Virginia; and were photographed by Lydia Cutter.
If you live in Washington, D.C., consider the different landscape and hardscape spaces you can create to occupy the space between your home and the street. In the district, front garden spaces can be a major challenge as some of our front doors can be a mere 3-5 feet from the sidewalk/street. As a native Washingtonian, I’ve faced these very challenges for many years with my own homes, and I’m here to remind you there are no limitations — only possibilities!
Your front space can be a secure, lush, and green, where you can spend many hours of enjoyment throughout the year. With the right design plan incorporating various hardscape elements, such as new walls, stairs, walkways, and patios, and landscape elements, including plants, shrubs, trees, flowers, and plant containers, your home will come to life before your eyes. By adding other landscape design elements such as custom iron work, new lighting, and a new front door, an unused and uninspired front yard space can be transformed into an eye-catching, lush, and sophisticated space. You’ll enjoy more of your home in a way you never dreamed was possible, and the 10-15% increase in your home’s value is an added bonus. Below are before and after pictures of a small front yard space I designed and installed on Capitol Hill.
I hope you will contact GardenWise, Inc. via email or at 202-543-3422 to discover all of your possibilities!
Start 2010 with GardenWise, Inc. on HGTV’s signature program, Curb Appeal, on January 3 at 8AM. Watch as Mark’s exclusive for HGTV landscape, hardscape, stonework, lighting, and iron work designs transform this outdated Washington, D.C. home. Be sure to keep an eye out for the beautiful iron work Mark designed that sets this home apart from all others in this Capitol Hill neighborhood. GardenWise owns the rights to all of the design work in this episode, so feel free to ask Mark about his work from this or other episodes he appears in on HGTV.
It’s important for garden lovers to prepare their flowers, trees, shrubs, and other plants for winter. To prepare for spring and summer blooming season next year, do some of the heavy lifting now!
Many plants can be vulnerable to our chilly and snowy winter season, so take the necessary steps to protect them to ensure a healthy spring and summer blooming season next year. It’s important to carefully look at the various trees, shrubs, bushes, flowers and other plants that make up your landscape to determine the care they will need.
The feeding, fertilization, watering and care of each plant will vary, so it’s important to give each plant what it needs now to prepare for winter. Some plants will need to be pruned to create even borders in the snow, while others will need a healthy dose of fertilization to survive the winter.
Proper fall preparation can lessen the work necessary in the spring, and will cut down on the cost considerably. It can also make your garden a year-round source of inspiration.
GardenWise and Southern Living!
Southern Living magazine recently traveled back to shoot two more of the GardenWIse DC Gardens. They were here last year, and one of the gardens they photographed was published over the summer. Our clients John and Jim were kind enough to open their home and garden to us, and below are some photos I took during the shoot. The editor I work with is terrific, and I have enjoyed the time I’ve worked with her. She’s a has a keen eye, and is a wonderful storyteller . Her crew is also a pleasure to work with and be around.
This Logan Circle Garden is located in Northwest Washington DC, and is a welcome respite to its urban environment. The garden is Asian inspired, and includes an elevated tea house, a ‘Zen’ water feature, and a grove of bamboo. Jim, John & their two dogs enjoy relaxing in the garden and dining al fresco.
The story on this beautiful DC Garden should run in an upcoming Southern Living summer issue – – we’ll keep you posted!
A well designed garden can be like adding a room to your home. And I’m passionate about creating landscape designs that can change how my clients use and enjoy their outside spaces. Below are before and after pictures I took with my iPhone of one of my favorite Washington, D.C., projects this year. The D.C. homeowners are just terrific, and they allowed GardenWise to go all out and create and install a bold garden design with a very dramatic outcome. I can’t wait to have photographer Lydia Cutter shoot the garden for us once the work is complete. Check back here for some new photos next month !