Paula Steers Brown


Photography by Tyler Darden

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. more

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


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

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



Kip Dawkins

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

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Tyler Darden

Where plants make medicine more

Sep 19, 2011 9:41 AM Home


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. more

Aug 31, 2011 12:05 PM Home

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. more

Jul 5, 2011 12:15 PM Home 1 Comments


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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. more

Jun 15, 2011 11:36 AM Culture 1 Comments


Richard Robinson

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

May 18, 2011 11:39 AM Home


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. more

Mar 10, 2011 11:30 AM Home


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. more

Mar 9, 2011 12:29 PM Home

The Art of Zen

Tyler Darden

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

Jan 21, 2011 10:49 AM Home 1 Comments


Roger Foley

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

Apr 29, 2010 12:05 PM Home

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Patricia Lyons

Topiaries add live ornamentation to your lively holiday decor. more

Dec 2, 2009 12:55 PM Home

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 more

Oct 9, 2009 6:46 AM Culture

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. more

Sep 30, 2009 8:08 AM Home

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. more

Jul 20, 2009 5:48 PM Home

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