(a Running Calendar of Events)

PVC General Membership Meeting: Nov 12, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

  • October 8th Tour of Klein Garden, Antietam, MD. Tour this 2-to-3-acre garden with emphasis on sedums and conifers. We met the Kleins during our August tour of Birchwood garden in Loudoun County, VA.  Details to come. 
  • October 1st Fall Plant Exchange, 10am: home of Linus Chen, 10509 Samaga Dr., Oakton, VA 22124

Get your plants potted up and ready to share!

  • September 24 @10am via ZOOM:

Elisabeth Zander  “The Evolution of My Rock Garden”

Elisabeth presents a brief history of her garden in Goshen, Connecticut, begun over 20 years ago. She highlights the last few years of building tufa walls, a tufa tower, troughs, and crevice and sand gardens. An avid seed sower since running the NARGS Seed Exchange back in the mid-nineties, Elisabeth relishes germinating new-to-her-plants each year and the chance to integrate them into the garden. “As aging takes its toll on the gardener’s body,” she says,” we make more rock gardens as they are so much less maintenance than perennial beds.”

Elisabeth is former President of NARGS, the force behind the amazing NARGS webinars, and the current web manager. It is possible she has held every (almost) position within the organization!

  • SAVE the DATE: Saturday, July 9th – A Tour of two Loudoun County, Virginia, Gardens  Details – exact time, addresses, etc.,– will follow.  Just wanted you all to put this on your calendars!  You don’t want to miss these gardens. 

As you probably remember, we, unfortunately, had to cancel this day of tours last year, but we are going to do it this year!  Thanks to Marianne Willburn for getting us access to her neighbor’s garden as well.  These garden and near one another.  We can have lunch in Marianne’s garden, or if you prefer, this nearby winery:

1st Stop (TIME to be DECIDED, but probably 10am-ish)

Birchwood, Garden of Pat and Rolf Sartorious 

From Marianne: 

“It is an arboretum that was created by a tree enthusiast over 25 years and whose project was ultimately ended by a divorce and sale.  The property went into disrepair for several years and was bought by the Sartorious family three years ago on a foreclosure sale.  They have been working hard to bring it back to its former glory and with the help of Susanna Farms, maintaining the current specimens and adding more.  There are beautiful views of the Catoctin mountains off the back of the house, small gardens around the house, but the main draw are the hundreds of specimen trees.  I believe the property is 100 acres, which includes about 60 that is leased to farmers. 33 acres are fully deer fenced! Be prepared to walk – wear a hat.”

2nd Stop: Oldmeadow, Garden of Marianne and Michael Willburn 

Marianne has been gardening intensively on ten acres in rural Virginia since 2013.  Her property includes a stream valley and seven acres of woodland surrounding a clearing of gardens and lawns near the house and barn. We will see gardens established from scratch at Oldmeadow — a strategically placed woodland walk along a creek, a sunny mixed border by the barn, and shade gardens by the house. She recently installed a greenhouse and is in the process of renovating her vegetable and cutting gardens.  With her husband Michael, Marianne has also created numerous garden structures, pergolas, a pavilion, homes for chickens and ducks, as well as more whimsical features like a bottle tree and woodland nesting circles inspired by ones at the Delaware Botanic Garden.  The many tropicals Marianne loves—she is the author of Tropical Plants and How to Love Them –to use for their relatively fast, long-lasting and lush effect should be strutting their stuff amidst more traditional plantings.  You can learn more about Marianne and her garden here:

  • NARGS Annual Meeting:  June in Ithaca, NY (pre-tour to private gardens in the area) Watch for details:
  • Saturday May 21, PVC Plant exchange is at Elaine Lahn’s – address 1488 Harwell Ave., Crofton, MD 21114
  • Saturday May 14, Plant Sale, Greenspring Gardens, Alexandria, VA