A Passion for Nature: Ladies & the Great Outdoors

March 1, 2019

March is Women’s History Month, which serves as a commemoration of how far women have advanced in terms of equality and a celebration of the vital role of women in American history. By the end of the 19th century, women’s social status had improved, their legal rights were increasing and the scope of acceptable activities was expanding. There was…

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Ultimate Fall Planting Guide: When, What & Why

September 18, 2017

Ahhh, the cooler temperatures of autumn! They are met annually with celebration, like a prize earned for enduring a Central Virginia summer. Fall is a great season for evaluation and renovation in the landscape and in the garden because of lower temperatures and higher rainfall. Fall is surely the best time of year to plant…

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Planting for Pollinators

June 8, 2016

Creating a garden that attracts pollinators is beneficial to the ecosystem and a fun family activity. Everyone enjoys watching a butterfly light on a flower or a bumblebee lumber from blossom to blossom. Pollinators require specific elements in the landscape to thrive. The basic needs for their survival are1) a source of water2) food3) nesting…

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The Dooleys’ Vision for Maymont

March 16, 2016

On March 16, 1926, Maymont opened to an expectant public, about six months after Mrs. Dooley’s death.  Before that day, visiting the Dooleys’ home had been by invitation only, but thanks to their vision and generosity, Maymont became a museum and park which millions of people have enjoyed for the past ninety years. When the…

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Bye Bye Spikes & Spines, Hello Sweet Scents

March 2, 2016
Photo Credit Ryan Somma

Maymont has traded a bed of thorns for a breath of sweetly scented air. The former cactus garden, an area marked on a 1934 topographical map as “flowers,” was reimagined this winter to focus on plants with fragrance.  We have planted aromatic Victorian favorites such as Mock Orange (Philadelphus x virginalis ‘Dwarf Snowflake’), Common Lilac (Syringa…

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