Diamonds in the Rough July 26, 2011
Recently, I got a chance to indulge in one of my secret pleasures - visiting a botanical garden - while I was traveling to visit Virginia and Washington, D.C.-based Davey professionals.
In this case, it was Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Va.
My visit started with a walk through the gateway to the garden - the E. Claiborne Robins Visitors Center. It rises gracefully on a knoll, beckoning you in. The front is accented by naturalized plantings of trees and shrubs. The Georgian-style building celebrates the history and heritage of Virginia.Read More
In Too Deep? June 24, 2011
Take a close look at your trees.
Do they look happy? The trunk probably looks relatively strong and free of obvious damage. Leaves might even look fairly full and lush.
Now, take a really good look and ask yourself: "If something was wrong with my trees deep down, would I be able to tell minus the obvious signs?"Read More
Every Dogwood Has Its Day June 10, 2011
The flowering dogwood is considered a treasure in the landscape. Native to the eastern half of the U.S., this Virginia state tree can soften the vertical lines of a home or provide background for other plants like azaleas by providing striking horizontal structure.
Dogwoods are a standard tree in many gardens where they are used to shade patios, add spring or fall color or provide lovely floral accents with their pink, white or red blooms.
Dogwoods also attract wildlife; because they produce fruit, they are favorites of birds.Read More