National Pollinator Week: Big Day of Giving!

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Over a decade ago the U.S. Senate addressed the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations by approving the designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week.”

National Pollinator Week is an international celebration of pollinators used to spread the word about what you can do to protect them.

support the pollinators on the pollinator partnership’s big day of giving!

Today, June 21st, Pollinator Partnership takes part in their Big Day of Giving - a celebration energizing members of the community to show how much they love pollinators and their key role in pollinating a majority of the flowering plants on Earth and many of the crops we rely on for food!

Pollinator health is an issue that touches everyone! Give a gift in the amount of $50, $100, $250, or more and it will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $12,000! You can also directly give to a habitat restoration program or give a BeeSmart School Garden Kit to a school. Click here to donate!

Want to learn more about National Pollinator Week? Download this comprehensive guide to participating in National Pollinator Week - get activity ideas, social media posts, swag and more!

Thank you for your support!

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Our Bees!

The Intreegue hives are buzzing this summer! If you have any questions about pollinators, beekeeping or would like assistance with pollinator garden design please feel free to contact office@intreeguedesigns.com!

We're Hiring - Landscape Designer + Summer Intern!

Are you looking for an INTREEGUING place to work? 
We're growing our team!

LANDSCAPE DESIGNER: 

Intreegue Design is seeking a talented, creative, landscape designer with 1-3 years experience to join our team. This position has the opportunity to work on projects ranging from commercial, institutional, high-end residential, and planting design. Our projects span the globe across three different continents. Apply Now! We promote a passion for our profession in a collaborative team environment. Submit Resume/Portfolio in pdf format.

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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE INTERN SUMMER 2019:

Intreegue Design is seeking a talented, creative, 3rd/4th/grad student to assist in day to day tasks and high design projects ranging from commercial, institutional, high-end residential, and planting design. Submit your resume now! Application package must be received by April 17th. Please include Resume and Work Samples in pdf format.

Happy New Year from Intreegue!

Did you receive our Holiday Card in the mail?

As we push forward into 2019, we want to make sure all of our friends and colleagues received our recent Holiday Card! If you changed your address or did not receive our card in the mail, please contact us so we can send you a card and update our mailing list.

Until then, please enjoy the digital version below! Our president, Colleen Vacelet, had some 'free time' and painted the card herself! As you know in Maryland, deer are quite a problem for plants so we've highlighted some recommendations that we've tested in our own gardens.

If you'd like to download a digital copy to share with your friends or keep for your records, click here!

Morning Office Visitor

Early in the morning last week, the Intreegue office was greeted by this wonderful creature - a Polyphemus Moth.

Polyphemus Moth

This guy is one species for the Giant Silk Moth group from the Saturniidae family. It's peculiar name stems from that of Greek derivation, from the cyclops in the Odyssey.  It is named this for it's lovely giant eyespots, reflecting that of the feared Greek giant named Polyphemus, son of Poseidon and Thoosa.

These moths are primarily tan-colored and bear an average wingspan of 10-15 cm. The antennae are comb-like in appearance with those of the males typically being larger than those of the females. Our friend appears to be a male!

The caterpillars consume leaves from a wide variety of trees including Maple, Birch, Oak and Willow, however, do not commonly cause damage to host trees. Surprisingly, the adults do not feed.

Though common, this particular species is seldom seen due to its short lifespan. They tend to fly in the earlier hours of the morning, which is how we spotted this fella.

You can help these unique creatures by:

  • Turning off bright exterior lights at night
  • Inspecting your vegetation for cocoons before trimming
  • Relocating your fallen leaves instead of shredding or burning them

What critters are you seeing outside this summer? Post your wildlife photos to our Facebook page! If you would like any more information on insects and pollinators, please feel free to contact office@intreeguedesigns.com

We're Hiring - Landscape Designer + Fall Intern!

Are you looking for an INTREEGUING place to work? 
We're growing our team!

LANDSCAPE DESIGNER: 

Intreegue Design is seeking a talented, creative, landscape designer with 2-5 years experience to join our team. This position has the opportunity to work on projects ranging from commercial, institutional, high-end residential, and planting design. Our projects span the globe across three different continents. Apply Now! We promote a passion for our profession in a collaborative team environment. Submit Resume/Portfolio in pdf format.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE INTERN FALL 2018:

Intreegue Design is seeking a talented, creative, 3rd/4th/grad student to assist in day to day tasks and high design projects ranging from commercial, institutional, high-end residential, and planting design. Submit your resume now! Application package must be received by August 31st. Please include Resume and Work Samples in pdf format.

What's Blooming Wednesday - Belladonna Lily

Belladonna Lily - Intreegue Design

Welcome back to What’s Blooming Wednesday! Summer is in full swing and we continue to see new shapes and colors every week - on Wednesdays, we hand pick our favorites and feature them here!

Check out what’s blooming this week and what you might see in your neighborhood!

This week, we're seeing Naked Ladies (also known as the Belladonna Lily). 

On these, the green leaves push forth in the early spring and then die back to reveal these gorgeous ladies with “leg for days” in late summer!

Celebrating our 5th Anniversary!

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As we continue on our path of growth, we thank you, our clients, collaborators and friends, for joining with us to deliver successful projects and serve as stewards of the environment. As always, we strive for thoughtful design, environmental consideration and ultimately an inTREEgueing outcome! 

To celebrate, we hope you'll come visit our new digs in Elkridge, Maryland. We are excited to have visitors and showcase our space in the new Riverwatch Community, just a block away from the historic Furnace Inn and the Patapsco River.

We hope you'll also learn about our new projects! The breadth of our project sites encompass local, national and international work, spanning across the East and West Coast, Asia, Africa and Europe. Exciting projects on 'the boards' include a house in Napa Valley, an outdoor classroom for a private school in Pennsylvania, and a Visitor's Celebration Garden at the Embassy of Bangladesh which features a Shaheed Minar Monument (a Mother Language Monument, which is featured below). 

Thank you all for your incredible support as we celebrate our 5th Anniversary! Follow along with the hashtags #intreeguedesign and #intreegue5 for all the fun we'll be having this year! 

Visitor's Celebration Garden at the Embassy of Bangladesh - Intreegue Design

What's Blooming Wednesday - Annabelle Hydrangea + Astilbe Younique

Annabelle hydrangea + astilbe - Intreegue Design

Welcome back to What’s Blooming Wednesday! Nature brings us exciting new shapes and colors every week - on Wednesdays, we hand pick our favorites and feature them here! Check out what’s blooming this week and what you might see in your neighborhood!

This week, we're seeing the Annabelle Hydrangea or Smooth Hydrangea. We love love love this hydrangea - we love the huge white blooms and we find that this particular hydrangea has some of the strongest branches. Pruning tip: this hydrangea blooms on new wood, so leave it until early March and then cut back old wood about 6". This provides winter interest with the dried blooms. This hydrangea can be pruned back hard if needed.

This week, we're also seeing the Astilbe Younique 'Silvery Pink'. This ethereal perennial provides beautiful 'misty' blooms in a shady area... and deer don't particularly like it, so that is a plus for the Maryland area!

Annabelle Hydrangea/Smooth Hydrangea

Annabelle Hydrangea/Smooth Hydrangea

Astilbe Younique 'Silvery Pink'

Astilbe Younique 'Silvery Pink'

What's Blooming Wednesday - Clematis

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Welcome back to What’s Blooming Wednesday! Nature brings us exciting new shapes and colors every week - on Wednesdays, we hand pick our favorites and feature them here! Check out what’s blooming this week and what you might see in your neighborhood!

We love this beautiful Clematis!  We happened upon this particular vine in a forgotten 'secret garden' - it was growing up a volunteer white oak! It was hidden, so it was a nice surprise when the contrast of purple popped out from the deep green of the oak leaf.

The Clematis is a Spring bloomer. As a note, if you have a Spring blooming Clematis, they flower on last year's growth...meaning, if you are going to prune, prune them back as soon as they finish flowering this Spring. The benefit for the plant is that is will have the rest of the season to flush out new growth and produce more flowers for next year!

What's Blooming Wednesday - Baptisia + County Cork Bearded Iris

Baptisia

Baptisia

Welcome back to What’s Blooming Wednesday! Nature brings us exciting new shapes and colors every week - on Wednesdays, we hand pick our favorites and feature them here! Check out what’s blooming this week and what you might see in your neighborhood!

Have you seen the Baptisia blooming? Also known as 'twilite prairieblues', the false indigo a great native. We love how it fills in and has a subtle 'smokey' color. This baptisia is a hybrid with great height and volume for the garden. It's quite drought-tolerant and looks great in August (when other plants tend to look 'really thirsty'). Also, you'll notice in August very interesting and striking seed pods...stay tuned for those! 

We're also seeing the County Cork Bearded Iris. This beautiful plant skyrockets to over 3 feet tall with an impressive show of giant blooms. We are in love with this iris - a real show stopper! Plus, deer won't eat it - which is great for Maryland gardens! If you're interested in adding one of these to your garden, we recommend buying from Breck's - BONUS: it's actually on sale right now!

Country Cork Bearded Iris 

Country Cork Bearded Iris 

Baptisia

Baptisia

Country Cork Bearded Iris 

Country Cork Bearded Iris