Eye Candy from a Famous Spanish Designer by Susan Harris

In my 40+ years in the DC area, I’ve been invited to very few embassy functions. It was thanks to my garden writing that the Embassy of Spain invited me to a recent event at Dumbarton Oaks – so right there, count me IN, almost no matter the topic. But it gets better because the event was a talk by Spanish garden designer Javier Mariátegui, author of Gardens for the Senses. His slides traced the history of Spanish garden design but quickly turned to images of gardens he designed for his very wealthy clients across the country, which we learned is quite diverse in its climates. And that’s when his talk became for me the most gorgeous and interesting indoor garden event I’d ever attended. Hope you enjoy these images as much as I did. For lots more, get the book. After the talk and the eye candy, the designer took questions, which included several about sustainability. He responded that he’s seen the evolution of gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show and is himself moving toward more wild,..
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Inviting all butterflies: Create an oasis

Landscape Design Inviting all butterflies: Create an oasis By Kaitlin Johnson | April 7, 2017 It is no coincidence that every time you see a butterfly, a smile stretches across your face. They are exquisite flutters of color that glide flower to flower-pollinating plants around them. If you find yourself wanting to invite butterflies into your garden, keep reading to find out what trees and shrubs they are attracted to! Butterflies feel welcome almost anywhere, but only if you know what they are looking for – sources of food, shelter and water. Trees and shrubs bear fruit, nuts and berries while also offering shelter and breeding places. The best way to attract butterflies to your garden is to start with a variety of flowering and fruit trees and shrubs. We recommend choosing a mixture of both prolific bloomers and those that have a long bloom time. Butterflies attracted to the following recommendations include American lady, silvery blue, zebra swallowtail, Compton tort..
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