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I am packing my car this morning to get ready to go to Alexandria, Virginia, for the American Horticultural Society’s Spring Garden Market. I will be selling and signing copies of Chesapeake Gardening & Landscaping. Hope to see some of you there! Here are the details:

Friday, April 11 & 12, 2015
American Horticultural Society’s Spring Garden Market
Members’ Only Morning, Friday, April 10,  10:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
Public Sale: Friday, April 10, 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
7931 East Boulevard Drive
Alexandria, VA 22308

For more information on the market, see Spring Garden Market. CGL-Cover005_thumb.jpg


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I hope you’ll join me at Unity Nursery in Church Hill, Maryland this Saturday, June 15, 2013 for Adkins Arboretum Day.  There are speakers scheduled throughout the day, plus plenty of opportunity to tour the nursery, which specializes in ecologically sensitive and functional outdoor spaces. If you haven’t been there yet, they have great garden ornaments and a wide selection of native plants.


Meadow runoff. Spend the day learning about ways to make your garden and landscape more Bay friendly by reducing runoff, attracting wildlife, and much more!


I am scheduled to give a talk at 2:00 p.m. titled titled “Sustainable Gardens and Landscapes: One Step at a Time” that is based on my upcoming book Chesapeake Gardening & Landscaping. During the day, I hope I can meet some readers of Eastern Shore Gardener! (If we haven’t met yet, look for the person accompanied by a small black-and-white dog. I will be coming straight from a puppy class I teach on Saturday mornings, and Bing, my demo dog, is happy to announce that he will be with me for the day.)

Other speakers include Robyn Affron, Master Naturalist from Adkins Arboretum,  “Wildlife Gardening”  at 11:30 a.m.; Nancy Robson, garden writer and author, “Garden Stormwater Management” at 12:30; Neenah Newell, Landscape Designer at Unity Church Hill Nursery, “Wall Pocket Gardening” at 1:15 p.m.; and Michael Jensen, President, Unity Church Hill Nursery and Unity Landscape Design/Build, “Shoreline and Erosion Control on Waterfront Properties” at 3:00 p.m.

Hours for the event are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Unity Church Hill Nursery is located on Route 213, south of Church Hill. The address is 3621 Church Hill Road, Church Hill, Maryland. Phone: 410-556-6010. Hope to see you there!

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I’ll keep this post short and sweet, but I wanted to share a picture of my husband’s latest welding endeavor. His welded boats and trellises have periodically appeared in photos of my garden, and he has recently begun making flowers as part of his garden sculpture experiments. The daisies below are his latest.


Above: Welded Daisies by Peter T. Evans, a.k.a. the Mad Welder!

He is donating this piece to the silent auction to be held June 9 for the “Art in Bloom” fundraiser held by RiverArts and Community Mediation in Chestertown. The piece is 4 feet tall and 20 inches wide. I hope some Eastern Shore Gardeners will attend the benefit and bid on it!

Also, in case anyone is interested, I am donating a collection of plant divisions (at least 5)  from my garden to the silent auction. Divisions will be selected to suit the winner’s garden.  I hope some of you will bid on that as well!

Hope to see some of you at the reception. For more information, click here: Art in Bloom!

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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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