Ladies and Lubbers

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Another beautiful species of Lycoris to surprise Southern gardeners in late summer is L. squamigera, known as the magic lily or naked lady. Hardy farther north than L. radiata, which was described on this website in July, L. squamigera flourishes from Maine to Texas, but needs some winter chilling to bloom well.

Garden Restoration at Stratford Hall

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“In Stratford Hall: An Early Garden Restoration Revisited” Will Rieley, PLA details a project that concluded with returning a significant section of a Colonial Revival garden to a well-informed eighteenth-century configuration. The setting was the

Louisiana’s Natural Treasure: Margaret Stones, Botanical Artist

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Margaret Stones was an Australian botanical artist known for her remarkable watercolor drawings published in Curtis’s Botanical Magazine (Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew), Endemic Flora of Tasmania, and Native Flora of Louisiana. Ms. Stones died in 2018 at the age of 98.  LSU Press published an oversized special folio edition of Native Flora of Louisiana in full color in the same year.

Spider Lily (Lycoris radiata)

For many Southerners, the red spider lily (Lycoris radiata) is a wonderful surprise in the late summer garden. A delicate red flower of fine petals and long stamens perches atop a naked stem, giving it its common name.

SGHS Welcomes a New President – Perry Matthewes

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Perry Mathewes is the deputy director, museum operations and director of gardens at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA. He oversees the stewardship the museum facilities, historic structures, seven acres of formal gardens and almost 500 acres of grounds including a historic Civil War battlefield. Perry has more than 30 years of experience in the museum and public garden field. Previously he was education program manager and interim director of education and communications for Norfolk Botanical Garden.

Destruction of Garden designed by Clermont Lee

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In the fall of 2015, the Girl Scouts USA, now a corporate entity, sent out a letter asking for monetary gifts to redesign the garden area at the Birthplace. The corporate ideal was to remove the parterred garden, place bluestone pavers in the space, and line it with tropical plantings.

Of Common Mind

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For the last four decades the Southern Garden History Society and Dumbarton Oaks have enjoyed a close relationship. Much of this relationship is based on the shared appreciation

Elizabeth Lawrence: Literary and Horticultural Icon

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Elizabeth Lawrence (1904-1985) is best known as an American garden writer—one of the finest of the 20th century. Through a highly informative yet conversational style of writing, she encouraged her readers to embrace diversity in their gardens by trying something new. Even though she often wrote of her own experiences in her two Southern gardens in North Carolina (Raleigh until 1948, and Charlotte from 1948 to 1984), her audience and correspondences spanned the entire country

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