Inspiration and Education
Magazines such as Garden Design, Horticulture, and Fine Gardening can provide good ideas. Here’s a list of Web sites, public gardens, and organizations that can help you get started.
American Society of Landscape Architects, 636 I St. NW; 202-898-2444; asla.org. Though many ASLA members do commercial or large-scale projects, the Web site’s database has a residential-firm finder.
Association of Professional Landscape Designers, 4305-A N. Sixth St., Harrisburg, Pa.; 717-238-9780; apld.org. Web site has resource links and a searchable member database.
Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton; 301-962-1400; brooksidegardens.org. Fifty acres of gardens, special exhibits, lectures, classes, and family events.
George Washington University Landscape Design Graduate Certificate Program, 202-973-1130; nearyou.gwu.edu/landscape. For-credit program with a concentration on small-scale landscape design. Many well-known area designers are graduates.
Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria; 703-642-5173; greenspring.org. Twenty-seven-acre park offering lectures, demonstrations, classes, family activities, and rentable gardening plots.
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave., NE; 202-426-6905; nps.gov/nace/keaq. Twelve-acre park with many varieties of water lilies and lotuses on display. Educational programs and gift shop offer information on aquatic gardening.
Landscape Contractors Association MD-DC-VA, 15245 Shady Grove Rd., Suite 130, Rockville; 301-948-0810; www.lcamddcva.org. Web site has a searchable database of landscape professionals in the area, links to plant databases, landscaping tips, and a list of industry organizations.
Montgomery College Landscape Technology Program, 20200 Observation Dr., Germantown; 240-567-7700; montgomerycollege.edu. Courses in horticulture and landscape design, technology, and contracting.
Professional Landcare Network, 950 Herndon Pkwy., Suite 450, Herndon; 703-736-9666; landcarenetwork.org. Web site provides tips for finding a landscape contractor as well as a searchable database of contractors.
United States Botanic Garden Conservatory and Bartholdi Park, First St. and Independence Ave., SW; 202-225-8333; plant hotline, 202-226-4785; usbg.gov. National plant museum showcasing unusual ornamental plants that grow well in the Mid-Atlantic. Educational events include lectures and tours as well as programs for children.
United States National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave., NE; 202-245-2726; usna.usda.gov. Specialized gardens including azaleas, dogwoods, herbs, and perennials. The Friendship Garden is a signature New American Garden by Oehme, van Sweden. Education programs and lectures on a wide variety of topics.