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Greetings fellow gardeners! I managed to pull myself away from my Chesapeake Gardening & Landscaping manuscript long enough to add some more events to the calendar. One of immediate interest is Grounded Design blogger Thomas Ranier, who is speaking for free at the Annapolis Horticulture Society’s meeting tomorrow night!

Also coming up, Adkins Arboretum has a bus trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show this year! Kent County residents note that there is a special pickup at the 301/291 Park and Ride (you have to request it, but is saves lots of driving!).

As for my book, it is due out in spring 2014, but the manuscript is due next month, yikes! I am really pleased that I have lots of lists of natives sorted according to where you can use them. They have me really inspired, and as soon as I press “send” on the manuscript, you can bet that I will be ordering plants. Writing has also given me loads of ideas for blog posts, so stay tuned!



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Greetings Eastern Shore Gardeners!

I’ve pulled my head out of my manuscript on this gloomy morning to get started with my annual events for gardeners. There are several lectures already scheduled in 2013 that are worth registering for, and you can check out the details at the Eastern Shore Gardener Calendar.

As always, if you know of events that should be included,  please let me know about them by sending an e-mail to hackberrypoint@gmail.com.

I’m back to writing! Happily, I am working on a section on attracting butterflies and moths. It’s a really fun topic. In addition to lots of flowers for adult butterflies, I will have extensive information on food for caterpillars. Did you know that violets are larval food for  great spangled, meadow, variegated, regal, and silver-bordered fritillaries? That’s more than enough reason to keep drifts of them in your garden. While they may be too enthusiastic to be planted with other herbaceous perennials, consider using violets as ground cover under shrubs and trees. Here is a great site to learn loads more about the Butterflies of North America http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/

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If you are interesting in taking Fran Phaneuf’s class in botanical illustration, but want a better idea of what kind of painting we are doing, come to the First Friday opening of the “Unfurled” exhibit at the River Arts Gallery in Chestertown, Maryland. Fran has put together a small exhibit of her own work, plus pieces from the class, and I’m happy to say that two of my paintings are in it! She has also written up a description of the class/workshop, which is open to everyone. Beginners are welcome! The exhibit will be up for about two weeks if you can’t make it Friday night.

The class is Wednesday mornings at Heron Point from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Fran and I will both be at the First Friday opening. Hope to see some of you there!


Above: Ilex opaca, American holly, by Barbara W. Ellis, which isn’t one of the paintings in the show!

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It seems like ages since I last posted, but my Chesapeake Gardening & Landscaping book continues to demand all of my time.  I did want to write a short post to make sure everyone was aware of a few upcoming events.



Above: Here’s a taste of the pictures that will appear in the book I am working on. I’m thankful to have photographer Neil Soderstrom on the project!

First off is the Sunday, September 30 symposium, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Adkins Arboretum with  Thomas Rainer and Dan Benarcik. You can read the full details about this event on the Eastern Shore Gardener Calendar page. There’s still room, and it promises to be a great event. I’m signed up, and I hope to see some of you there!

I have been taking botanical illustration from Fran Phaneuf for about a year now, and she has a class starting up (beginners welcome!) on Wednesday mornings in October through River Arts. They don’t have the class listed on the Upcoming Classes page of their website, but if you are interested, send me an e-mail and I can put you in touch with Fran. She is also lecturing in Oxford, Maryland on Thursday, October 4, on “Botanical Art: A Continuing Tradition.” Details are in the calendar.

While this exhibit is slightly out of the realm of gardening, Kohl Gallery at Washington College has an exhibit from October 9 to November30 entitled “In Pursuit of Beauty: John James Audubon and the Golden Age of Bird Illustration.” It promises to be fascinating. Gallery hours are on the calendar.

Finally, also at Washington College in Chestertown, John Beardsley, director of landscape studies at Dumbarton Oaks, is lecturing on ” Art in the Environment – Sketches from the Field” on October 17 at 5:00 p.m. at the Decker Theater. For more details, again, see the calendar!

And now, back to my book!

Happy Gardening! (In my case, this fall the theme should read “Happy Ivy Killing, but more on that in a future post!)


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I’ve mentioned the trellises and welded boats my husband has made for the garden, and I wanted to send out an invitation to anyone who is interested in seeing some of his work up close and personal. Peter is exhibiting in Rob Glebe’s latest show, along with friend and photographer Sarah Ruckelshaus. The show opens on Friday, August 3 and will be up until August 25.

The public (that means all Eastern Shore Gardeners!) is invited to the First Friday Opening reception from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. In addition to the pieces in the gallery, the large wire sailboat that has been sailing across my meadow for most of the summer will be on display outside the gallery, sailing through a couple of containers from my garden. I haven’t been able to get a good picture of it, so I hope some of you will stop by to see it in person. It doesn’t fit inside the gallery, so it will come back home after its Friday night appearance.


Above: One of the stainless steel welded wire boats by Peter T. Evans.

The show and reception will be held at the Artworks/Chestertown RiverArts Gallery located at 306 Park Row, Chestertown, Maryland. Chestertown River Arts is a newly formed organization resulting from the merger of Artworks and the Chestertown Art League.

I hope to see some of you there!

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Greetings Eastern Shore Gardeners! Just a quick note to let everyone know I’ve added a few more dates to the Calendar of Events. The first Farm Dinner on the Shore is scheduled for Priapi Gardens on April 14. In case you’re worried about April showers, you will be dining in the greenhouse!


Above: Hellebores (Helleborus x hybridus) at Hackberry Point


Also added are the 2012 Maryland House and Garden tour dates. Scroll down the calendar to look for them, or search for Baltimore City, St. Mary’s County, Talbot County, Howard County, and Anne Arundel County. From the looks of the descriptions on the website, organizers in Talbot County and Anne Arundel County have put together great tours for gardeners. Other tours seem more architecturally oriented.

There is so much going on this spring! Have a great time getting inspired!

As always, please let me know of any errors you spot or links that don’t work!

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Greetings! I’ve finally got the calendar posted on Eastern Shore Gardener. Click here to see it. There are some great events coming up in the next few months. Chestertown Garden Club’s annual May Mart is scheduled for Friday, May 4, and the Rock Hall Garden Club is having a tour of private gardens on May 19.

I’ve included a variety of events that are on the Western Shore, but still close by. April 19 to 21 (Thursday to Saturday) the American Daffodil Society will be holding its national convention and a flower show in Towsend. The list also contains several seminars and lectures, plus bonsai and Ikebana events at the National Arboretum. There also are plant sales at Adkins Arboretum, the University of Delaware Botanic Garden in Newark, and at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.

I’ll continue to look for more events to add, but I hope you will all peruse the list, and plan to attend an event or two. NEW EVENTS. If you know of any lectures, plant sales, or other events that would interest Eastern Shore Gardeners, I would like to know about them! Please send details to me at hackberrypoint@gmail.com so I can add them to the calendar.

Attention proofreaders: This is obviously not my specialty! I had to choose between making it perfect and making it available. Please let me know if you find anything egregious or if any of the links don’t work.

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I’ve started pulling together the 2012 calendar and promise to get that up and running soon with all new events. In the meantime, I wanted to call attention to three upcoming seminars of interest to Eastern Shore gardeners.


Perennialy Inspired: Perennial Plant Association/Horticultural Society of Maryland Seminar

Speakers include David Culp, Carol Long, Allen Bush.

When: Saturday, February 25, 2012; 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Where: Sheppard-Pratt Conference Center, 6501 N. Charles Street, Towson, Maryland
Cost: $89 for members ($99 after February 3); $99 for non-members ($109 after February 3). Lunch and snacks are included.

The Perennial Plant Association and the Horticultural Society of Maryland have a great speaker line-up for this all-day seminar. Speakers include David Culp of Sunny Border Nurseries; Carol Long from Winterthur; Allen Bush of Jelitto Perennial Seeds; Dan Benarcik of Chanticleer; and landscape architect Thomas Ranier, who is one of my favorite bloggers.  For full details on the program, see PPA/MSH Seminar.



Half-Day Seminar: Native Plants: Design and Maintenance

Tracy DeSabito-Aust, author of The Well-Tended Perennial Garden and The Well-Designed Mixed Border

When: Saturday March 31, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; (Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.)

Where: Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway, Center for Applied Learning and Technology, CALT Building, Arnold, MD 21012.

Cost: $60.00. A light breakfast is included. Book signing after the seminar.

This half-day seminar on Maryland native plants, design, and maintenance is sponsored by Unity Gardens, an organization dedicated to “empower local groups to build leadership and partnership through the creation of neighborhood greening projects that enhance the quality of life throughout Anne Arundel County.” The seminar is approved as advanced training for Maryland Master Gardeners. For more information, see Native Plants.




Outdoor Living Extravaganza: A Retreat and Seminar with Proven Winners

When: Saturday, April 21, 2012; 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Airlie Conference Center, 6809 Airlie Road, Warrenton, Virginia 20187

Cost: $80.00. Includes a catered luncheon and snacks.

This day-long seminar is organized by people who bring us Proven Winners brand plants and focuses on using color and getting the most out of the garden. Speakers include Proven Winners Program Manager Kerry Meyer; garden designer and speaker Kerry Mendez; Walter’s Gardens Marketing Manager Susan Martin; and gardening expert and TV host Joe Lamp’l. Participants will receive a gift bag and the chance to win a wide variety of prizes. To register, go to provenwinners or call 877-865-5818.

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First the talk: I am going to be giving a talk at the Chestertown Garden Club January meeting, and it is open to the public. Here are the details

When: 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

Where: Church hall of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 101 North Cross Street, Chestertown, MD 21620

Topic: Befriending the Bay: Creating Bay-Friendly Gardens and Landscapes.  Join local gardener and garden expert Barbara Ellis for a practical look at what gardeners can do to benefit the bay. Learn how principals like reducing lawn and runoff as well as attracting wildlife can help you create beautiful, unique gardens and landscapes that also help the Bay.

Hope to see some of you there! I’ll have books and a few tools available for purchase.


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