In a suburban development in Phoenix, Maryland, it’s easy to spot Jack and Jean Lowry’s home. Their acclaimed collection of trees and plants begins curbside. An artistic, year-round tapestry of conifers, Ginkgoes and Japanese maples—highly textured and in a spectrum of yellows, greens and reds—offers the Lowrys screening from the …Read More »
Ruxton Abbey Over 40 patient years, a couple has transformed their Ruxton acres into gracious gardens.
The sweeping drive up to Mona and Floyd Lankford’s Ruxton home has a stately “Downton Abbey” feel: low fieldstone walls, lush lawns and an impressive collection of well-pruned and well-sited mature trees. They create a painterly, established setting for the 1937 Colonial Revival house. Nothing looks dowdy or dated in …Read More »
Conspicuously Contemporary Karen and Chip Offutt have created a modern garden for their modern Baltimore County home.
The mature sugar maples that line the long, elegant drive at Karen and Chip Offutt’s Baltimore County home do not appear on either the neatly typed 1960 plant list or the fading blueprint that the property’s previous owners left for the couple in 1979. Nor will you find mention of …Read More »
Garden Dream Courtney and David Sieck have wedded an artistic vision with a DIY sensibility to create a personal, practical garden.
When Courtney and David Sieck and their two daughters moved into their 1910 Georgian Colonial house in 1976, their gardens consisted of foundation plantings, privet and forsythia hedges, with a big backyard that functioned as the neighborhood baseball diamond. “We had one of the only flat yards” in their section …Read More »
Now in its 60th year, Cylburn Arboretum offers nature lovers 207 acres of gardens, trees and trails in Baltimore City.Read More »
On a grey summer morning, Jonna Lazarus, landscape designer and owner of Lazarus Design Associates LLC, drives through the streets that form the campus of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). “This is where it all began,” she says pulling over in front of the marble 1908 Renaissance Revival …Read More »
In both horticulture and art, this six-acre garden in the Green Spring Valley is all about sculpture. Even before the couple (a retired T. Rowe Price executive and a retired math teacher/community volunteer) started collecting, they had created a sculpturesque garden. Curved paths, stone walls, flowing garden rooms, interesting tree …Read More »
In the garden of Amy and Jim Matis, the wall’s the thing. When this couple and their daughter moved to the 1938 Virginia Tidewater house in Pinehurst, an elegant, walled garden was already there. “A walled garden is something Jim had dreamed of since childhood,” says his wife, who works …Read More »
Fifteen years ago, landscape designer Jay Stump, president of Spring Valley Landscape Co., was hired to plant five trees in front of Joan and Howard Friedel’s 1918 Guilford home. Instead, with input from Joan, he ended up creating the entire garden, including several sweeping pathways. Although the home, designed by …Read More »
As he walks through grass glistening from an early morning watering, Johns Hopkins physicist Bruce Barnett explains that the prime time for Guilford’s historic Sherwood Gardens is the last week in April, when the tulips are at their peak, and the first week of September. Yes, September. Since 1989, when …Read More »