What's Blooming Wednesday - Judd Viburnum + Ajuga Chocolate Chip

Judd Viburnum

Judd Viburnum

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 Native Judd Viburnum everywhere! This shrub is wonderfully fragrant with a soft smell that you may have smell before you see. Their flower buds start out pink, then open to a creamy white. In their spring/early summer blooming season, they attract pollinators with their nectar. 

Also, check out the Ajuga Chocolate Chip! This plant provides great ground cover with a tight mat of chocolate-brown foliage with dark green undertones. In the spring, we see these lovely blue/purple flowers rise above the dark to create a pretty pattern. 

And, last but not least, be on the lookout for the Apple Blossoms! The timing of apple tree blooms can vary annually based on fluctuating winter/spring temperatures (of which we've had our fair share) but this week we saw the first blooms from our espalier apple tree! 

Ajuga Chocolate Chip

Ajuga Chocolate Chip

Apple blossom

Apple blossom

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!

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!


What's Blooming Wednesday - Saucer Magnolias + Red Buds

Saucer Magnolias - 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!

We still seem to be on a rollercoaster of weather - this past weekend we saw a few days of sun but we're back to chilly spring skies. But that doesn't mean plants aren't growing! 

This week, we're seeing more Saucer Magnolias! These show-stoppers are brightening up our streets and sidewalks with their early pink and white blossoms. These trees have been widely planted in our areas and they are one of the first to bloom in spring. 

Red Buds - Intreegue Design

You can also be on the lookout for Red Buds. These trees are native to eastern North America and can be seen throughout the state. Their deep pink flowers grow right on their reddish brown trunks and zigzag branches and create a beautiful brush of color! Sometimes call the 'rising sun' Red Bud, these blooms are always interesting and striking! 

Red Bud - Intreegue Design

What's Blooming Wednesday - Bleeding Hearts + Quince

Welcome 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!

Bleeding Heart blooms - Intreegue Design

Things are starting to happen for Spring, even though it feels like it's not here yet. I love that the things blooming right now are all about the flowers - leaves have not leafed out yet so we're just seeing full pops of color!

This week, we’re seeing the famous heart-shaped flowers of the Bleeding Hearts, also known as Dicentra, bloom! With soft green foliage and rose pink or white heart-shaped flowers, this plant is a favorite of spring shade.

We’re also seeing Quince bloom - it’s typically one of the first shrubs to flower in spring (hopefully that means warmer weather is coming our way)! While it can look a little scraggly, it’s an interesting flower.

Quince bloom - Intreegue Design
Quince bloom - Intreegue Design

Live from the Hive: Bee Rodeo 2018

This past weekend was our annual Intreegue Bee Rodeo! Every year the team at Intreegue installs new hives in our apiary. This year we installed two nucleus hives from our Central Maryland Beekeepers Association. A nucleus hive is a 4-5 frame started hive. Check out some the photos from this year's Bee Rodeo below: 

beekeeping - Intreegue Design
beekeeping - Intreegue Design
beekeeping - Intreegue Design
beekeeping - Intreegue Design

We love beekeeping because it stimulates the pollination of our area!

Did you know “one out of every three bites of food that a person eats was made possible by a pollinator”?!

It’s true! And beekeeping, as you can see by these photos, can be a fun (and stylish) hobby for anyone!

If you have any questions on beekeeping or if you have a space you think could be transformed into a pollinator garden, please reach out to us

Intreegue Design beekeeping

MD Pollinator Protection Act Passes Senate

With great collaborative effort across the state, Senate Bill 198 has passed the Senate floor!

This bill proposes great restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides that harm our local pollinators. Final bill passage is getting closer with two more steps to go. First, it must go through the House Environmental & Transportation Committee before all delegates will vote on the House floor.


Neonicotinoids are common pesticides used on farm crops and landscaping. Neonicotinoid pesticides can harm multiple pollinator species. Pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of nearly 85% of the world's flowering plants. Additionally, 35% of global crop production is made possible by pollinators. Studies show that honey bees alone are important for more than $15 billion of crop production annually. Pollinators are necessary for wider biodiversity and agriculture.


Please continue to reach out to legislators to make this the first-in-the country bill restricting the sales of neonic-containing products.

Spread the word and help make the community aware of the need for pollinator protection!

You can contact your local representative here if you wish to show continued support! 

Find the bill here for more information

If you would like any more information on pollinator protection and what you can do to help, please feel free to contact office@intreeguedesigns.com

BEE....Involved with National Pollinator Week...

This week we celebrate how intensely vital pollinators are to our ecosystem, while hoping to raise awareness of the substantial pollinator declines across North America.

Two stewards approach Sedum

Two stewards approach Sedum


More than two-thirds of crop species - crops that produce fruits, vegetables, spices, nuts, seeds, and livestock forage - depend on pollinators.” (http://www.xerces.org) More likely than not, 1 out of every 3 bites of food you eat is thanks to a pollinators species!  Keeping this fact in mind, we need to recognize that the use of chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, GMO's) and a loss of habitat has significantly decreased pollinator populations.   These popular pollinators including bees, bats, wasps, butterflies, flies, hummingbirds and others are in danger.


Here are 3 ideas and 3 plant suggestions from Intreegue:                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Provide a range of flowering natives plants - seasonal bloom range/provide food/forage/nesting                                                                                                                        2. Create nest sites                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     3. Avoid Using Pesticides, in example, the relatively new class of insectisides, Neonicotoids, are deadly systemic GMO's 

3 Key plant suggestions:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Amelanchier - an early blooming understory tree that helps start the nectar flow for our pollinators, in particular, bees.                                                                                 Baptisia - a great perennial with Spring bloom times, a favorite of bees.                                                                                                                                                                                         Sedum – a long-time  blooming perennial late into summer, it is a favorite amongst bumblebees, wasps, butterflies and flies. Groundcover and border-style growth types make this plant an easy addition to any pollinator garden.

If you would like any assistance with pollinator garden design or more information on beekeeping please feel free to contact office@intreeguedesigns.com You can also join the Central Maryland Beekeepers Association to remain up to date on the current buzz near you. Please visit The Xerces Society for more updates on National Pollinator Week.


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. 


Marsala: 2015 Pantone Color of the Year

With Marsala officially being labeled “Pantone’s Color of the year,” many HGTV enthusiasts may have already begun to jump at the opportunity to redecorate. Given its name from a fortified wine, you can only expect a wordy cliché wine description. Marsala is a naturally hearty and earthy red wine color. It is considered to enrich our minds, bodies, and souls. It grounds us, feeding our inner being yet it can also be very sophisticated.

Many people may look to use Marsala indoors but considering its versatility and humble earthy reference, it can also be a wonderful addition to outdoor decor. Marsala is great for those who are afraid of color and don’t want to go overboard. Usually it can be a headache to figure out what compliments a primary color, however in Marsala’s case, many of its pairings can already be found in your very own backyard. It is particularly a great color in contrast with green vegetation. It also goes well with all kinds of taupe and maroon shades that are used in a lot of outdoor structural materials.

Marsala colored outdoor seating

Marsala colored outdoor seating

A walk down the streets of Marrakech

A walk down the streets of Marrakech

Marsala Colored pavers under vegetated arbor. 

Marsala Colored pavers under vegetated arbor. 

Pairing these outdoor elements with furniture consisting of Marsala accents can make for a very gorgeous, intimate space. Marsala has a naturally rustic form and texture that is dictated by its brown undertone. This interacts well with elements typically found outdoors. Marsala has much to offer in any setting, interior, and exterior, and it is also a great excuse for a glass of red wine!