National Public Gardens Day

Mt. Cuba Center

Mt. Cuba Center

As an ardent visitor and member of some great public gardens here in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and our Nation's Capitol, we urge you to celebrate National Public Gardens Day by visiting one near you today!  To our Intreegue Design team, a public garden is a place to showcase our favorite medium — plants! It's also a place to 'get down and do some earthing'! To the community, a public garden can be an amazing resource for creating a sense of environmental responsibility, community engagement, and a place for learning. These special gardens are also a vibrant resources for sustainable practices and conversation. Many public gardens offer programs on plant conservation, water conservation, the preservation of green spaces, etc.

We recently visited one of our favorite public gardens, Mt. Cuba Center for a native orchids lecture. We toured their gardens and greenhouses, which hold some of the rarest native plants in the region - they work to conserve their genetic code for research, restoration and the enjoyment of their guests. They have a variety of programs offered at their location - from botany to sustainable gardening, eco-printed scarf making to floral painting! They are celebrating today with reduced admission and special activities. 

Another favorite is Ladew Gardens, named one of the top five gardens in North America! We recently visited for their annual Green Festival and took in the delightful views among their renowned gardens. The grounds contain more than 15 'garden rooms' — devoted to a single color, a single plant or a single theme (such as Water Lily Garden, Pink Garden and Rose Garden). In addition to the garden rooms, what Ladew is really known for its topiaries — they maintain over 100 topiaries on the property. They also offer special events and classes, including adult, children and family education.

Ladew

Ladew

Ladew

Ladew

Gardens located all over the country are celebrating the day - find out participants near you on the National Public Gardens Day Facebook page! 

And don't forget, Colleen Vacelet will be speaking at Cylburn Arboretum on Saturday - a lecture titled: Cultivating a Pollinator Habitat.

Here is a list of some of our favorites: (a few of which we've done projects for!):

Desert Botanical Gardens

Desert Botanical Gardens

EVENTS: Cylburn Arboretum 50th Anniversary Market Day

On Saturday, May 12th, we'll be joining the Cylburn Arboretum for their 50th Anniversary Market Day Celebration! Intreegue Design's founder and president, Colleen Vacelet, will be speaking about pollinator gardens at the Cultivating a Pollinator Habitat talk - Join at 10:30AM for our lecture

Market Day is Cylburn’s Annual Plant & Garden Sale! Join for all the fun!

  • Gifts
  • Food vendors
  • Music
  • Face painting
  • Live bird exhibit
  • Plus, FREE educational activities for kids! 
  •  Flowers, vegetable, plants
  • Free talks on gardening
    (Including Intreegue Design at 10:30AM!)
  • Experts on hand to answer questions
  • UME Master Gardeners
  • Garden décor

Shop, eat, and learn with fellow garden aficionados and neighbors!
FIND OUT MORE BELOW! 

Cylburn Arboretum 50th Anniversary Market Day Event 2018 - Intreegue Design

Earth Day 2018 - Easy Acts of Green

HAPPY EARTH DAY from the Intreegue team! 

As Landscape Architects we see ourselves as 'Environmental Stewards'. With that in mind, at Intreegue we aim to 'walk the walk as much as we talk the talk'! We were so grateful to spend a beautiful weekend celebrating the world around us. From our garden to our apiary, we've seen the benefits of good green habits we've adopted. This Spring we will be conducting tests on soil health in our own space and document the benefit of sheet mulching. Soil samples have been sent out and we will begin sheet mulching soon. If you're looking to add some more acts of green to your daily life, check out list of easy tips below:

Intreegue's new mason bee house! 

Intreegue's new mason bee house! 

1. Provide Habitats for Pollinators: This could be anythings from a pollinator garden to installing a bee house (see ours to the right -->) . Check out these stylish ones as Gardner Supply: Bees, Bugs, and Insect Homes.

2. Skip the Straw: Did you know that Americans use about 500 million plastic straws each day? WOW. These days, they have developed fun and cute reusable straws you can use to get your straw fix!

3. Support Local & Sustainable Farmers: Did you know the average item of food in America travels 1,500 miles from farm to plate?! Good thing it's becoming easier to find amazing locally grown foods! From Farmer's Markets to roadside stands to work-supported CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), you can find delicious, locally-grown items right in your hometown! Finding and supporting local not only helps lessen carbon emissions but the food actually tastes better! From the farm right to your plate!

 

The bees are the buzz on Earth Day 2015

Happy Earth Day on behalf of Intreegue!

The Buzz at Intreegue!

The Buzz at Intreegue!

Installing the hive.

Installing the hive.

The Stewards busy at work.

The Stewards busy at work.

Today marks the anniversary of an environmental movement which began in 1970 in order to protest many common day environmental atrocities that were at the time legal and unregulated. The successful movement eventually gave way for congress to authorize the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

 

As a salute to the earth and its divine acts of fruition, Intreegue has decided to install new honey bee hives! Honey bees are much more important than one might believe. They are absolutely critical for the earths food supply and growth of trees and flowers all around the world. The honey bee is truly a gift from nature and also a steward of nature itself. 

One out of every three bites of food that a person eats was made possible by a pollinator.

In spite of the importance of the honey bee there seems to be a dramatic decline in their numbers across the globe. The major cause of this change is due to the destruction of habitats, deadly pesticides, and unusual weather. We must keep the bees buzzing if we are to stop a much larger potential disaster. What can we do to help? 

40% loss of the commercial honeybee in the US since 2006.

Beekeeping is a great activity that can stimulate pollination in your area. Anyone can become a beekeeper and its a great hobby! All you need is proper knowledge and little training to get started. It is especially rewarding to all of you honey lovers out there! Pollinator gardens are a great substitute if bees are not your calling. These gardens are a great habitat for pollinators to flourish and also a great place for people to admire.

For more information on beekeeping please contact Intreegue so we can fill you in on any questions you may have. You can also join the Central Maryland Beekeepers Association to remain up to date on the current buzz near you.

Which ever way you choose to help out the earth today, keep in mind that earth day is not about one day. Rather it is the day that we honor and  recognize what the earth signifies as we emphasize a continued effort to keep the earth healthy everyday throughout our existence. 

 

Intreegue hosting the 'Bee Booth' at the Maryland State Fair

Tonight, August 29th, Colleen Vacelet will be hosting the Central Maryland Beekeepers Association booth at the Maryland State Fair located at the Timonium Fairgrounds.  Come out to learn more about beekeeping, pollinator gardens, and how you can make your own space more bee friendly!  If you can't make it and are interested in any of these topics, be sure to email Colleen Vacelet for more info: cvacelet@intreeguedesigns.com

Bees in the Hive

Bees in the Hive

Checking the Bee Frames

Checking the Bee Frames

Intreegue's active involvement in the bee community and with the Central Maryland Beekeepers Association keeps us at the cusp of knowledge when it comes to the state of our bee's and what news has been BUZZing about.  As avid beekeepers we strive to incorporate pollinator gardens into projects when appropriate and educate the public on bee friendly approaches toward the landscape!  

If you have a space you think could be great opportunity for a pollinator garden, please be sure to contact us, OR if you are looking for information about becoming a beekeeper, feel free to contact Colleen Vacelet at: cvacelet@intreeguedesigns.com 

Ginkgos Go Naked!

ginkgo biloba.jpg

Did you know gingko’s drop their leaves all at the same time?  It’s quite a spectacular scene, nature’s outdoor floor is covered with the Maidenhair’s golden locks, creating a “Wow Factor” display making head’s turn.  Why does this happen though…?

gingko.jpg

Jack Frost is the trigger in essence… for their leaf senescence! (Senescence, meaning plant death/leaf drop). The petioles (leaf stems) on deciduous trees start to create a protective layer of cells for the winter to protect the tree during the cold stretch of winter.

Typically, the outer leaves of most deciduous trees start this process first as they are the ones most affected by the change in temperature and climate.  Consecutively, the next layer goes, and so on creating a leaf drop over several days to possibly weeks.  Conversely for the ginkgo it’s a different case – their petioles create the protective layer of cells all at the same time when the break of the seasonal change comes.  They all wait for a strong frost...and, Voila; it’s a vibrant splash of yellow.  The surrounding ground plane is littered with the beautiful scene and the tree left bare till the rebirth of Spring!

CHLOROPHYLL TAKES A SABBATICAL

The Beautiful Hickory in it's Autumn Brilliance

The Beautiful Hickory in it's Autumn Brilliance

Starting from the Summer Solstice (June 21st) the sunlight starts to wane and chlorophyll gets ready to go on sabbatical.  The Shorter days and cooler temps in Fall slow the production of our green friend giving way to let a whole new cast shine in what is known as our spectacular ‘Fall Foliage’ here on the East Coast.

Other players like carotene, xanthophyll, and anthocyanin take the lead.  Carotene and Xanthophyll contribute to the beautiful yellow pigments we see in lovely natives like the Hickory.  Anthocyanin appear with the uprising of sugar production in the leaf and take charge.  They produce the striking red and purple pigments in trees like the native dogwood and one of my all- time favorites, the Black Gum! 

Tans and brown colors of leaves, usually seen in oaks come from tannins that appear in the leaf as chlorophyll fades away.

Previously all these pigments were masked by chlorophyll, but as it ‘leaves’ us during the Fall/Winter Sabbatical, all these other pigments shine through! 

Three factors influence autumn leaf color: leaf pigments, length of night, and weather.  You will notice this year, autumn has drawn upon us later than most typical years, due to our factor of weather; it has been unusually warm for fall this season. 

Check back for a list of top Fall Trees!  Click through below for more pics...

   

Healing Gardens Lecture at UMD

Free lecture happening Thursday evening with a reception to follow!

 This lecture is the kick off to a lecture series put on by MDASLA and Victor Stanley.  If by chance  you are interested in learning more about Healing Gardens, this is a great opportunity. Virginia will review big ideas when it comes to healing gardens all the way down to the eye catching details that really bring a project together. 

click here to register for this event... 

Feel free to email me for more information regarding the speaker series:

cvacelet@intreeguedesigns.com