Paula Steers Brown


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What sleeps in its first year, creeps in its second and leaps to life in its third? It’s the peony—an old-fashioned flower that’s durable, spectacular and often unpredictable. Read more

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Whether colored or white, outdoor lights aren't just for Christmas anymore. Read more

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Heirloom Seeds

Photo copyright by Jeff McCormack

Deep winter is the best time to plan for the spring season. And what better to look forward to than an heirloom garden? Read more

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Modernist gardens are sparse in Virginia, but Charlottesville landscape architect Gregg Bleam designed one with a Tuscan twist. Read more

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For those few rosarians dedicated to winning competitions, there is no rest in their quest for the perfect bloom. Read more

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Kip Dawkins

Thanksgiving-inspired tablescapes that invite your guests to linger. Read more

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Where plants make medicine Read more

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Courtesy of Tim Farmer, Blandy Experimental Farm

Not content to be just a pretty show garden, UVA’s Blandy Station marries popular gardening and serious botany. PAULA STEERS BROWN goes to Clarke County, where the estate stands at the forefront of environmental education. Read more

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You think your garden is a challenge? Try keeping 60,000 flowers looking good every day. Paula Steers Brown takes a behind-the-scenes look at the folks who keep Busch Gardens lush. Read more

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Don’t be fooled by the names: Garlic mustard and tree of heaven are among many alien plant species that threaten Virginia’s natural heritage. PAULA STEERS BROWN tells us what to look for and how to fight the invaders. Read more

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Richard Robinson

At Seven Oaks Farm in Fauquier, Edith and Deborah Williamson grow lavender, sell lavender-based products and engage in “lavender craziness.” Read more

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Celia Pearson

The beloved boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson blooms fresh each year in spring. Paula Steers Brown visits a private farm with a very public mission. Read more

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Andrew Lawson

There are roses and then there are heirloom roses. We recommend a few varieties worthy of the likes of Mary Washington and Empress Josephine. These roses will take you back in time. Read more

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The Art of Zen

Tyler Darden

Mindful gardening yields a serene retreat in Hanover. Walk slowly, and contemplate. Read more

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Roger Foley

Once spurned by discriminating gardeners for being “too easy,” sturdy daylilies are enjoying a surge of popularity thanks to new “everblooming” varieties. Read more

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Patricia Lyons

Topiaries add live ornamentation to your lively holiday decor. Read more

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Edgar Allan Poe didn’t get a grand monument in Richmond, so the writer’s admirers built him a unique, serene garden instead. Photography by Tyler Darden Read more


At Nancy Ross Hugo’s Flower Camp, students learn the art of floral arranging, commune with one another and get a creative nudge on how to spot beautiful design elements underfoot. Read more

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Williamsburg’s early American nursery replicates an 18th-century kitchen garden. Though labor was scarce and summers were brutal, colonists found timeless techniques for growing a variety of produce. Read more

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