Paula Steers Brown http://www.virginialiving.com/topics/paula_steers_brown/index.rss en-us ©2014 Cape Fear Publishing Co. Inc. Mon, 19 Sep 2011 09:41:00 GMT Healing Gardens Where plants make medicine

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Our State Arboretum 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.

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Herculean Horticulture 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.

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Pretty, Green—and Deadly 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.

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

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Springtime at Tuckahoe 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.

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Yesterday's Roses Today 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.

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The Art of Zen Mindful gardening yields a serene retreat in Hanover. Walk slowly, and contemplate.

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

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

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Visions of Sugarplums Topiaries add live ornamentation to your lively holiday decor.

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Emerald Paradise 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

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Girls’ Night Out(side) 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. Photography By Stacey Evans

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Buxom Beauties 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. By Paula Steers Brown

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Vegetables 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. By Paula Steers Brown

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