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Hi Dovey, See you found your way over to the Mid-Atlantic. I had always thought of my Pa home as being in the North East and when I first came to DG started in the North East Forum. But found that I seemed to fit into the Mid-Atlantic Group better. Maybe because I live in south central Pa less than an hour from the Md / Pa state lines. There are people here from other parts of Pa some much farther north than I. Plus N.J., Del.,Md, DC, and Va. Should give you a good cross section to think about, when you retire.
There's a chatty group here but it's really welcome for any new questions and chat. I think this region is anybody in the US that can get to the Atlantic within a day's drive, that's too cold for Southern and too mild for Northeast. And anybody that feels like dropping in!
New-ish to gardening. And by that I mean I am trying to transition from random happenings in my yard and home into a more collaborative set of happenings in the yard and home. I am trying to find the joy - without pressure and guilt...make sense to anyone?
Just bought myself a book for Christmas about gardening month by month in the mid-atlantic. Hopefully that and this forum will help.
Oh, That book sounds interesting, what is the name? Gardens really just need to be enjoyed. I find it interesting that I can overlook weeds and other things in my garden and still the the beauty even when all is not perfect.
I've been in this house 18 yrs but still have randomness- its ongoing. And my tastes change- I am getting away from wild and crazy and finding some ability to keep more order in the more public front. Maybe I would say that it helps to pick an area to focus on at a time, for me anyway. I seem to focus on diffeent areas in different years. Depending on what lands in my gardening lap- getting stuff from swaps gave me a nice bulk of new material so I could fill a new area without emptying the bank acct. Or gave me something so I had to rethink to fit it in, and it worked out.
The book is called Month to Month Gardening in the Mid-Atlantic: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year
I ordered it for myself from Amazon when I bought some other gifts. I haven't seen in yet - wrapped for Christmas - how silly is that?
I'll write a post on this forum once I've had a look - I hope it's good. I have a need for specific tasks for each season.
I just joined today. I think I am Mid-Atlantic. We live in the upper part of WV. I can be in MD or PA within 15 min. We moved here the last weekend in Aug. I am a southern girl...so gardening in this region is VERY different. Rosie [my Rosemary] is the only outside thing I have kept alive that I moved with me. She is also the 'first' plant I didnt kill a couple of years ago when I started gardening. Up till a couple of years ago, I only kept the beds mulched and the shrubs that were existing pruned. NOW I have a clean slate ...so will need tons of advice on how and what to do in my 'blank' yard.
I have dreamed of having daylilies so planted 25 of them in Sept...that is all so far.
Thanks Sally and yes enough snow already to dim my excitement over it all!! And yes Rosie is on the top deck and the back is South facing...so far she seems to like it out there even with the snow. She is a hardy little [kindof big now] thing. She survived two drought southern summers. Thanks for the welcome.
Hey M-A Folks,
What's Your FAVORITE Public Garden in the Mid-Atlantic and Why???? And for that matter, is there a Nursery you just love to visit???
I would have to say for me it's Brookside Gardens because it is close to me and I know many of the staff and volunteers. It's not huge but they offer very nice cleasses and I find it an approachable size.
My greatest Public Garden memory is Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina - but that's not Mid Atlantic. And the beauty is both the art and the garden. http://www.brookgreen.org/index.cfm If you look at their website now, you can see the beautiful holiday candle lighting...
I LOVE to visit Surreybrooke Nursery in Middletown Maryland - I think that's my favorite nursery.
Just thought I'd try to start a little sharing amongst us.
Happy Holidays All!!!!
Welcome Henygirl and Yvgfjayne! I hope you'll find this forum as helpful as I have. Wonderful folks inhabit these premises. Jayne, that book sounds very ineresting. Maybe Santa will bring me one, if I'm good!
Jayne, I would have to say Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. If you haven't seen it, this group sometimes has a group trip. The Christmas displays are wonderful too.
Henygirl, Welcome, I spent some time in Morgantown, was on our way to the Outer Banks, vacationing with my DD and SIL was going to meet up with Rubyw, another DG and MidAtlantic gardener. But car broke down outside of Morgantown spent the whole day there waiting for it to get fixed, there is a big towing comapany and garage there and they were supper taking care of us. I had to miss the lunch with Ruby due to not enough time.
But did met her on the Longwood garden trip, along with other DGardeners. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/850074/
Jayne, take a peek at the Longwood Garden trip link. We had a great time.
While I'm not new to DG I am fairly new to the Mid Atlantic Forum. I just clicked on this thread tonight out of curiosity and was interested in yvgfjayne's mention of Brookgreen Gardens. We have friends in Pawley's Island and when down in SC visited these marvelous gardens. They are truly one of the most beautiful in the US with their fantastic sculptures. But Longwood Gardens in the Mid Atlantic should not be missed so hope you get a chance to visit it.
This Mid Atlantic Group seems like a fun, friendly, and busy one! Don't know why I never spent much time here before! But hope to join you in some of your activities and have been very pleased with the reception on some of the other threads concerning plant swaps, etc! Happy holidays to all! Jessica
Longwood is super. National Arboretum in DC looks a little pale by comparison. But National is free! The garden in Silver Spring, B_______Brookside? ? I've been once but remember it as nice.
For a nursery- near me- Homestead is the King of Anne Arundel County nurseries, but Main's near it had some great stuff last time I went. Mostly I rely on my nearby Richardson's Nursery. Thee's an interesting looking place corner of Rt 450 and Rt 424 in Crofton I've been meaning to stop at- lots of statues, rocks and plants. White Plains Pottery in Calvert County- been a long time but big pottery and statues.
We have been to Longwood for all their seasonal displays and it is beautiful. Brookgreen is one of our favs, too. I so love that your Brookgreen tickets are good for 7 days so you can go back over and over again for one very reasonable price. I would add Rawlings Conservatory as another favorite. It's not large but can't be beat if you are looking for a break from the winter doldrums. Just a few hours of peace and beauty.
Another wonderful PA garden spot is the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College outside of Philadelphia. I had never been there before this fall but was bowled over by its layout and fabulous plantings. They have managed to weave this fabulous garden in and amongst the beautiful old campus buildings. I just googled the Rawlings Conservancy. Sounds really nice but I don't get down the Baltimore way that often. It's now on my list, however, when we head for DC.
Holly & jessica, In the fall I really became dismayed at how poorly represented Pa. is in GoGardening. I started a project to change that. So far I've added 42 Gardens, Arboretums & Parks. I have at least another 75 to add. It is very time consuming to look up all of the info. Sometimes I have to write to them for it.
Melody in Administration had been helping me with the maps when ever I could get GPS Co-ordinates. I'm still waiting for some of those. Now she is busy and I have to try doing the maps myself. The gardens won't come up in a search unless there is a Map for the entry.
Some of the gardens are in Jersey & Delaware and eventually, I'd like to completely cover all three states. This will be a winter project. I am going to post a thread in January asking folks to rate the gardens they've visited and post any of their photos. Also, to send me names of any they want added. Maybe some kind souls will help me with the maps.
You can't find them all now as many have no maps, but if you click on my name and scroll down to GoGardening then click again, the list will appear and you can then click on any garden. I've included phone #'s and website addresses and links to their calendar of events and any other info I could find.
Thanks for the link to the Longwood Trip. I find it hard to believe that I have never been there - My sister is taking my visiting brother and SIL this Friday - but my family always goes to the inlaws the day after Christmas - so I'm missing it again! I will get there - if anyone's going in spring I'd love to know.
Thanks also for the info about the mid atlantic gardens project from Stormyla. I have not yet seen the GoGardening page...will look for that soon.
What a great project! Thanks for a wonderful idea and all your effort. I just added a few words for the Scott Arboretum and Brookgreen. Is there some way the Go Gardening Page could be better advertised or something? I think it is a terrific page but I notice that in my area I am the only one who has added info about the local gardening centers. I wonder how many DGers are truly aware of what the Go Gardening is all about! At least this thread should help make the Mid Atlantic members more aware of it.
I just found the Go Gardening link and added a lovely nursery and unique shop in my area. Stone Cottage Gardens in Pen Argyl, PA on route 512 is such a lovely little place to visit.
Aside from all the plants outside, there is a small art gallery building, and another building with all very unique gifts inside. Inside here is also a baby grand piano that is always "playing".
Outside is surrounded by Sarah Brightman's voice (and others like her) thru the wonderful sound system.
I was wondering if someone here would like to join in a plant swap at my home at the end of May. The reason for the late date is because Jessica (gardadore) lives close by and won't be back in the area until then.
I would also like to know if DG has ever had a Swan Island Dahlia coop. I would like to help with one but have no experience and do not want to attempt it alone.
Wow, I've just found that some angel in the Administration filled in all of the missing maps for the entries I've added to GOGardening. That is truly excellent!!
Now, if anyone has visited these gardens and has photos or comments, please post them. My zip code is 19403. A 50 mile search will bring them all up.
One of the interesting things I've learned in doing this project is that the largest community garden in the US is located just off US 1 inside of the Philadelphia city limits. It's at Benjamin Rush State Park. Apparently hundreds of families tend vegetable plots there each summer. It's on my list of places to go see. It's sure to be a great place to see lots of new ideas all in one spot.
Teri, Ric and I have been talking about hosting a Spring Swap sometime around May, also. I've mentioned it in a few threads but wasn't going to open discussion until sometime in Feb. Although that doesn't mean you can't have one also, two dates in two locations might work well, or that we couldn't do it at your place instead of mine, we are pretty flexiable.
I've never done a Co-op either but have participated in quite a few. I would be willing to help in someway, if you would like to look into it more. I couldn't set up a spreadsheet but anything else I could help with. Holly
Holly, I would enjoy having it here with your help. You could even come down the day before to relax before we need to set up. We have a bedroom upstairs with an attached bathroom that never gets used unless we have guests. Probably Jessica (gardadore) who lives nearby would be involved in the set up also. It should be great fun!!
I will d mail you the mail that I received from Fairy1004 with great pointers for running a co-op.
Let me know your thoughts thru d mail if you think that our communications here are not really pertinent to this thread. On the other hand, our friends here might have some good suggestions and would be interested in knowing about the dahlia co-op in advance, since we might need to keep it small as newbies.
Quoting:Is there some way the Go Gardening Page could be better advertised or something? I think it is a terrific page but I notice that in my area I am the only one who has added info about the local gardening centers. I wonder how many DGers are truly aware of what the Go Gardening is all about! At least this thread should help make the Mid Atlantic members more aware of it.
One of my new friends in this area told me so much about Glenmore late this fall. It was too late for me to be interested in a visit but I will get there in spring. I will also get to Point Phillip Perennials and find out if she knows about this one.
The website below is from a faily local person (I was told) and has a once a year sale at his place. I found this to be an interesting site and am planning to go to his sale this year.