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Seasonal Interest for Winter Gardens

  • January 14, 2014
  • 7:30 PM
  • The Church of the Brethren
Featuring: James Gagliardi, Horticulturist, Smithsonian Gardens

Just because it is winter does not mean that gardens or gardeners get a rest.  At Smithsonian Gardens visitors are welcomed year-round.  These visitors include many tourists, but also wildlife as our gardens serve as an important urban habitat for birds, insects, and mammals.  James will show how the gardens at Smithsonian maintain their appeal in winter beyond impressive annual displays of pansies, violas, and kale.  He will highlight important garden features in this bleaker season including berries, grasses, seedheads, stems, bark, evergreens, and even some flowers.

James grew up gardening at his family’s 1780’s colonial home in Berlin, Connecticut. He studied horticulture at the University of Connecticut and went on to earn a master’s degree from the Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture at the University of Delaware.  James previously served as the horticulturist for River Farm, the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society in Alexandria, Virginia. He is currently a horticulturist with Smithsonian Gardens in Washington, D.C. He is responsible for the landscape surrounding the National Museum of Natural History, including the Butterfly Habitat Garden and the Urban Bird Habitat.  He is an editor of the Smithsonian’s first gardening book, “Encyclopedia of Garden Plants for Every Location,” which will be published in the Fall of 2014.

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