Capitol Hill Garden Club In Washington, D.C., Since 1952

Designing With Texture to Make a Shady Garden Shine

  • April 08, 2014
  • 7:30 PM
  • The Church of the Brethren
Featuring: Janet Draper, horticulturist, Smithsonian Gardens

Janet Draper will bring her gardening creativity and experience to shed light on designing shady garden spaces. The Mary Livingston Ripley Garden, a tiny 1/3rd of an acre that includes areas of deep shade and dappled light, is located on the U.S. National Mall and is open 24 hours a day to visitors from around the globe. With labeled plants representing over 900 different taxa on display, this garden educates it visitors.  Due to the nearly constant events occurring within a stone’s throw, and major construction on the historic Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, the challenges of keeping the garden looking good can be daunting.   


Janet Draper has served as the sole gardener at the Smithsonian Association’s Mary Livingston Ripley Garden since 1997.  She has extensive design and horticultural experience with firms, nurseries, and garden centers including  Oehme von Sweden Associates, Homestead Gardens, The Plantage, and Kurt Bluemel, Inc.  Janet also interned domestically and internationally with Mt. Cuba Center for Native Plants in Delaware, the Ball Seed Company in Illinois, Beth Chatto Gardens and Elmstead Market in England, and the Perennial Nursery of Countess VonStein-Zeppelin in Germany.  She holds a B.S. degree in horticulture from Purdue University. 


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