Green Acre #37: Color Her Cool

January 11, 2017

stephanie cavanaugh

them into stores. Pantone’s Greenery The same people who brought you the 1970s pestilence called avocado now present the color of the year: Greenery.  The yellow-green color of emerging ferns, it’s “a refreshing and revitalizing shade,” they say. “Greenery is symbolic…

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Green Acre #67: Green Grows My Garden

August 16, 2017

Nancy McKeon

…The aptly named Equisetum giganteum ‘El Tabacal‘ grows 10 feet tall. There are different shades of green, from bright to blackish. There’s the occasional burgundy and sometimes a bicolor, green and white. There are more than 11,000 varieties, give or…

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Green Acre #155: Not a Garden but a Wrap

June 25, 2019

Nancy McKeon

…are the same pale green, a green with the softness of early spring, celery perhaps, or honeydew? Then you hang paintings or stack them against a wall, large and small and in between, splashes of color as vivid as a……

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Green Acre #169: Green With Envy

October 9, 2019

Nancy McKeon

…(genus trifolium). A member of the pea family, they come in shades of crimson and white. Being a legume, they convert nitrogen to fertilizer, practically eliminating the need for additional fertilization. They’re also drought- resistant, stay green in the heat…

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Green Acre #64: Garden Memories, If I Can Remember Them

July 26, 2017

stephanie cavanaugh

Dappled sunlight, yes, but the Cavanaugh acreage is mostly a shady, shady place. / Photo by Stephanie Cavanaugh. WHAT ARE THESE green stalks coming out of the large terracotta pot on the back porch steps? I thought I’d emptied it…

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Green Acre #154: Refuge at River Farm

June 19, 2019

Nancy McKeon

The historic farmhouse at River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia, headquarters of the American Horticultural Society. / Photo by Stephanie Cavanaugh. A green-roofed shed at River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia, headquarters of the American Horticultural Society. / Photo by Stephanie Cavanaugh….

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Green Acre #57: 10 Fast and Fabulous Tips . . .

June 7, 2017

stephanie cavanaugh

…come to roost (or whatever it is they do.) —Stephanie Cavanaugh LittleBird Stephanie writes and writes and writes about gardens, real and imagined. To read earlier columns, type Green Acre into the Search box at the top of the page….

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Green Acre #76: Expanding the Definition of Gardening

October 25, 2017

Nancy McKeon

Stephanie Gardens, could probably use a little more adult supervision out in the garden, no? To read her earlier columns, some of which actually discuss real gardening, type Green Acre in the Search box at the top of the screen….

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Green Acre #79: Grandiflora

November 15, 2017

Nancy McKeon

…now flipping through it again … I need a shower. —Stephanie Cavanaugh LittleBird “Stephanie Gardens” writes the Green Acre column every week. To read earlier columns, type Green Acre into the Search box at the top of the page.  …

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Green Acre #17: Gardening Beyond Flowers

August 17, 2016

stephanie cavanaugh

…at them. This is, theatrically speaking, called “pulling focus.” —Stephanie Cavanaugh Gardener Cavanaugh is writing a book on urban gardening. To read all her earlier Green Acre columns, type “Green Acre” in the Search box at the top right of the…

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Green Acre #18: Paradise Is for the Birds

August 24, 2016

stephanie cavanaugh

…on a book about urban gardening. Her own city plot is on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. You can read all of her Green Acre columns by typing Green Acre in the search box at the top right of this page….

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Green Acre #62: The White Garden

July 12, 2017

stephanie cavanaugh

…tiresome. —Stephanie Cavanaugh LittleBird Stephanie writes about her garden and the gardens of others, as the mood hits her. You can read earlier Green Acre columns by typing Green Acre in the Search box at the top of the page….

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Green Acre #19: Think I Know What I'm Talking About?

August 31, 2016

stephanie cavanaugh

…gardening (and anything else she can think of). To read her earlier D.C. Green Acre columns, type Green Acre into the Search box at the top right of the page. We numbered them so you can follow the gardener’s “progress.”…

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Green Acre #66: How Does My Ugly Garden Grow?

August 9, 2017

stephanie cavanaugh

…garden, do not like outdoor work at all, do not like . . . the color green? / Photo by Stephanie Cavanaugh. The less said about this garden the better, but I will try. A fringe of green (which qualifies…

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Green Acre #75: Make Way for the Winter Garden

October 18, 2017

Nancy McKeon

…Capitol Hill garden . . . sometimes. To read earlier columns, type Green Acre into the Search box at the top of the page. Pansies at Frager’s Hardware Garden Center on Capitol Hill in DC. / Photo by Stephanie Cavanaugh….

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Green Acre #52: Green with Envy Over Yellowwood

May 3, 2017

stephanie cavanaugh

Yellow and white peonies in full blousy bloom at the National Arboretum. / Photo by Stephanie Cavanaugh. AMERICAN YELLOWWOOD. I’m expecting to be tripping over this tree constantly now. You know how it goes? You’ve never heard…

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Blue-Green Algae Blooms and the Brain

September 26, 2016

Mary Carpenter

like green paint floating on water.  Blue-green algae blooms can contain toxins that affect the skin, the liver and the brain.  In 2014, blooms in Lake Erie caused the shut-down of Toledo’s water supply. Perhaps due to global warming, blue-green

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Green Acre #119: Window Box Expert

September 26, 2018

Nancy McKeon

…for inspiration to the 75-acre Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton, Maryland, the glorious 1,077-acre Longwood Gardens and conservatory in Wilmington, Delaware, and, closer to home, the gorgeously manicured Enid Haupt Gardens that front the Smithsonian Castle on Washington’s Mall. We…

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