Jackson & Perkins has just released a new rose in partnership with Four Roses® Kentucky Bourbon to commemorate the brand's 130th anniversary. Of course there's a legend that goes along with it: the brand's founder sent a proposal to a lovely woman, and she replied that if her answer were 'yes,' she'd wear a corsage of roses to an upcoming grand ball. When she arrived with a corsage of four red roses, he named his bourbon "Four Roses" as a symbol of his love.
The dark red blooms of this rose have a light damask fragrance, and it's a repeat bloomer if deadheaded promptly. The shrub is 3-4 feet high and wide, heat tolerant and resistant to rust and powdery mildew. Zones 4-10, a good choice for beds, borders, hedges and of course cut flowers.
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has released its 2018 survey, and PR manager Karen Grajales says one possible conclusion is that "Sustainability is a key trend when it comes to residential landscapes -- as well as space for outdoor fitness activities like yoga and the ability to charge mobile devices."
The survey this year was revised to include single-family as well as multi-family and retirement communities. And due to that change, some new items entered the top 10 project types for the first time: outdoor spaces that could be used for activities like yoga or movie nights, and charging stations for mobile devices.
The highest client demand was for projects with native plants, native/drought-tolerant plants, and low-maintenance landscapes -- each scoring over 80 percent.
The other top ten elements -- each scoring over 70 percent -- included flexible use spaces, water-efficient irrigation, permeable paving, rain gardens, reduced lawn areas, edible garden areas and charging stations for mobile devices.
Fireplaces and firepits were also popular, along with outdoor seating and dining spaces. Enhanced railing systems, some with cable or glass, were top outdoor structure elements this year, followed by pergolas and decks.
Sports courts, spa features and swimming pools fell in popularity, replaced by recreation areas for dogs and bocce courts.
And for those of you who still might be into English gardens, formal gardens fell to bottom of the "gardens" category this year, scoring only 15 percent in popularity.
The classic Cherry Tree Walk at Dumbarton Oaks in DC ... one of Beatrix Farrand's famous landscapes.
Just found out from a column by Robin Lane Fox in last weekend's Financial Times that horticulturist Anne Cleves Symmes -- who recently directed the restoration of Bellefield, an 18th century house next to FDR's former home in Hyde Park, NY -- is making a documentary about Farrand entitled Beatrix Farrand's American Landscapes. It's to be narrated and guided by Lynden Miller, former director of Central Park's Conservatory Garden.
Major support for the film project has come from the Oak Spring Garden Foundation -- and if the final $300,000 can be raised, the film is set to premiere at the NY Botanical Garden in the fall of this year. Spread the word, and make a contribution to the film yourself to the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Garden Design Online
The Peace Rose was bred in France by Meilland International in 1942, and it has long been associated with the end of World War II.
It was named the day that Berlin fell to the Allies, and won honors from All-America Rose Selections on the day that a peace agreement was signed with Japan. That same day, members of the United Nations were presented with its blooms.
'Peace' is a hybrid tea about four to six feet high, three feet wide; pale golden blooms with pink edges, and a strong fragrance. Zone 6 and higher. Requires winter protection if the wind chill factor drops below 20 degrees F. A wonderful rose, well worth growing. Available from Jackson & Perkins.
Garden Design Online will return in late December with January Happenings.
Through Jan 12, 2018, The Landscape Arch. Legacy of Dan Kiley, Milwaukee, WI Univ of Wisc School of Arch. & Urban Planning thru August 31, 2018, "Cultivating America's Gardens," Washington DC National Museum of American History, sponsor: Smithsonian Gardens & Smithsonian Libraries, 202-633-1522
Through Dec 30, Las Noches de las Luminarias, Phoenix, AZ Desert Botanical Garden, 480-941-1225 Through Dec 30, Gardens Aglow, Sandwich, MA Heritage Museum & Gardens, 508-888-3300 Through Dec 31, GLOW, Cleveland, OH Cleveland Botanical Garden, 216-721-1600
Through Jan 1, Gardenland Express, St. Louis, MO Missouri Botanical Garden, 314-577-5100 Through Jan 1, Season's Greetings: Roadside Attractions, Washington DC US Botanic Garden, 202-225-8333 Through Jan 1, Season's Greenings, Washington DC US Botanic Garden, 202-225-8333 Through Jan 1, Garden Glow, St. Louis, MO Missosuri Botanical Garden, 314-577-5100
Through Jan 7, Winter Reimagined, Boylston, MA Tower Hill Botanical Garden, 508-869-6111 Through Jan 7, Garden Lights, Atlanta, GA Atlanta Botanical Garden, 404-876-5859 Through Jan 7, Garden Railway, Kennett Square, PA Longwood Gardens, 610-388-1000 Through Jan 7, Wonderland Express, Glencoe, IL Chicago Botanic Garden, 847-835-5440 Through Jan 8, Gardenfest of Lights, Richmond, VA Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 804-262-9887 Through Jan 15, Holiday Train Show, Bronx, NY NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700
Nov 29-Dec 1 New England Grows, Boston, MA Northeast trade show, Boston Convention Center: exhibitions, lectures, demos & more. Dec 1, "What Plants Can Teach Us," Bronx, NY 10am, Lecture, Botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer, NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700 Dec 2, SALE, Seibert & Rice, Somerset, NJ 10am-3pm, Annual Sale of terrific terracotta pottery, 973-379-2536
Dec 9, Meadows 1,2,3 Framingham, MA 10am-3:30pm, workshop, Garden in the Woods, 508-877-7630 Dec 14, California "Super Bloom," San Marino, CA 2:30pm, Lecture, California wildflowers, The Huntington, 626-405-2100
LOOKAHEAD: Jan 10-12, MANTS - Mid-Atlantic Trade Show, Baltimore, MD Baltimore Convention Center, 410-296-6959 Jan 11-12, 29th New Directions in the American Landscape Conference, Blue Bell, PA "Ecological Complexity in Landscapes for People," Morris Arboretum, 215-247-5777 Jan 17-19, Western Trade Show, Kansas City, MO "Plants with Purpose," Sheraton Crown Center, 888-233-1876 Jan 18-19, Repeat of above program, New London, CT. March 6, Davidson Horticultural Symposium, Davidson, NC March 24, Spring Symposium, Kenmore, WA NW Hort Society, "Gardening on the Pacific Rim," 206-780-8172 April 14-16, Colonial Williamsburg Garden Symposium, Williamsburg, VA 72nd Annual Symposium, "Ordinary to Extraordinary," 757-565-8937
The Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) of the Japanese Embassy in Washington DC opens an exhibit on November 15, 2017 on "Art from the Garden: Ceramics & Sculptures by Marc Peter Keane." The show runs through December 27, 2017.
Keane, a landscape architect whose artworks are inspired by nature and draw from Japanese traditional culture. The current exhibit of his works is called bontei, or "tray garden." Each is a reflection of the natural world made from simple objects. Stones and plants are incorporated in the artworks and presented on trays, with particular attention to time and space. "In these works," he says, "I am not trying to create gardens in miniature but rather to distill from the culture of Japanese gardens some essential aspects and reapply those as the basis of the sculptural process."
Keane lived and worked in Kyoto for nearly 20 years and he has designed and built many private gardens for individual clients, companies, and temples.
Keane will discuss his works on November 15 at the JICC from 6:30-8pm. Registration is required at https://artfromthegarden.eventbrite.com
The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) has released "Landslide 2017," and this year's theme is "Open Season on Open Space."
Battery Park City in lower Manhattan (shown above) is among more than 15 significant cultural landscapes in danger throughout the United States, threatened by development, confiscation, extraction of energy and resources, and other uses.
This year's list includes some of the best-known landscapes in the country, including Boston Common, Jackson Park in Chicago, the James River in Jamestown, VA, the Statehouse Grounds in Providence, RI, and several locations protected by the 1906 Antiquities Act, which allows designated federal lands to be protected as national monuments. President Trump has directed his Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, to reassess 27 national monuments and potentially redraw the boundaries, which could open the way to mining and drilling on the protected sites.
Please visit the TCLF website to read about all the threatened landscapes and what you can do to help protect them.