Hortus Club of New York

Hortus Club of New York

Few things invigorate on a 96-degree Baltimore day. Our garden being the first stop on the three-day summer expedition of the prestigious Hortus Club of New York did just that. With membership limited to 30 horticulturalists from the finest nurseries, botanical gardens, arboretums, and universities in New York, the level of experience and knowledge among […]

In Praise of Hoses

In Praise of Hoses

In the 1990s, when our hillside was terraced and the gardens were transformed, no automatic irrigation system was installed. We made that decision, because sprinkler systems need frequent monitoring and maintenance. We were concerned that when we travelled, an automatic system might malfunction and flood the new gardens. Plants can drown where puddles form. Too […]

Tour Givers’ Holiday

Tour Givers’ Holiday

We hosted our last spring garden tour this week. After a full schedule of tours on Walnut Hill, we took one ourselves. Kathy leads bus trips to private gardens twice a year for the Kaleidoscope program of Roland Park Country School. A recent one included two Baltimore County gardens Penney had never seen, and one […]

Glenn Dale Azaleas

Glenn Dale Azaleas

We’ve had another full spring season of garden tours. Every group brings enthusiastic gardeners and plant nuts like us. A bonus for us is learning something new each time. Recently, with the Roslyn Garden Club came the esteemed Alan Summers. Summers is the former owner of the still-missed Carroll Gardens in Westminster, MD and longtime […]

Our Intuitive Davidia

Our Intuitive Davidia

As if it knew that the annual meeting of the Garden Club of America were beginning in Baltimore this week, the Davidia involucrata (dove tree or handkerchief tree) has bloomed for the second time since it was planted. Welcome, GCA! We look forward to seeing about 30 delegates in our garden the day before meetings […]

Emerging Spring

Emerging Spring

After some false starts – high 70-degree days followed by snow and freezing temperatures – spring seems to have arrived for good. We’re still riding a weather roller coaster, but no frost is in the forecast. An 80-degree Saturday has brought more color to the brown landscape. All over town pink tulle skirts on Yoshino […]

Fruitful Florida

Fruitful Florida

Photo credit: Mary K. Shaughnessy Our trip to the Sunshine State exceeded our expectations. Southern hospitality reigned from Wellington to Delray. We encountered no rain or humidity, just breezy, warm weather. Our second spring book tour built on the momentum of last year’s trip to Charleston, and a year of more talks and tours of […]

Yellow Signals Spring

Yellow Signals Spring

It’s only the first of March, but spring has arrived on Walnut Hill. After 70-plus degree temperatures in February and a fast sequence of opening Galanthus and Helleborus, more blooms opened this week. We now have color front to back. The Edgworthia chrysantha by the kitchen window dangles satiny, white lanterns with blue Vinca minor […]

White Flower Farm

White Flower Farm

Reading White Flower Farm’s catalog and seeing their small boxes on our doorstep are part of the history of Walnut Hill. Amos Pettingill, the pen name used by founding owners, William Harris and Jane Grant, and now by Eliot Wadsworth II who bought the farm from Harris and Grant in 1976, has delighted us for […]

Party Girl Hibiscus

Party Girl Hibiscus

Party Girl Hibiscus The Hibiscus ‘Anne Arundel’ is blooming here on Walnut Hill.  It’s a knockout (no pun intended) on the sunny hillside that also features Knock Out® roses, Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian sage), and Lagerstroemia ‘Natchez’ (Natchez crape myrtle) right now. Perennial hibiscus (or rose mallow) is a conversation starter, because of its eye-catching, huge […]