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

Seasonal Interest for Winter Gardens

January 14, 2014 5:30 PM | Anonymous member
Seasonal Interest for Winter Gardens

At the garden club’s January meeting, our speaker was James Gagliardi, a horticulturalist with the Smithsonian Institution. He is responsible for the landscape surrounding the National Museum of Natural History, which includes butterfly and urban bird habitats. 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.

James showed the garden club audience how and which plants can maintain their appeal in winter. Click here for a list of plants. He highlighted important garden features which include, berries (e.g. winterberry hollies), grasses (e.g. little blue stem) , seedheads (e.g. milk weed), stems ( e.g. red twig dogwood), bark (e.g. paperbark maple), evergreens, and even some spent flowers (e.g. cone flower). Woven throughout his presentation was information on how ecology and landscape design can work together to benefit the environment.

Garden Club members are fortunate to have such a resource so close to Capitol Hill, and we look forward to the development of the “prehistoric garden” now underway at the Museum of National History.

Please visit the Smithsonian Gardens webpage, where you'll find more information and photos from James' presentation.

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