For Bloom Day, River Birches and Architecture



Okay, nothing's blooming here.  But even a deciduous tree can be stunning in the winter – especially if it's this one, and especially if the Air and Space Museum is in the background.  This urban garden stopped me in my tracks, despite the cold.

There's another view of this winter beauty plus some links to local culcha over on my blog.

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Susan Harris

Susan’s a garden writer, teacher and activist in the Washington, D.C. area. Co-founder of GardenRant, she also wrote for national gardening magazines and independent garden centers before retiring in 2014. Now she has time for these projects:

  • Founding and now managing the pro-science educational nonprofit GOOD GARDENING VIDEOS that finds and promotes the best videos on YouTube for teaching people to garden.
  • Creating and managing DC GARDENS, the nonprofit campaign to promote the public gardens of the Washington, D.C. area, and gardening by locals.
  • Creating and editing the community website GREENBELT ONLINE to serve her adopted hometown of Greenbelt, Maryland (a “New Deal Utopia” founded in 1937).
  • Also in Greenbelt, MD, writing the e-newsletter and serving on the Board of Directors for the cooperatively-owned music and arts venue and restaurant called the NEW DEAL CAFE.

Contact Susan via email or by leaving a comment here.

Photo by Stephen Brown.


  1. Now you should have saved that marvelous bark for Foliage Follow-Up, Susan. We’re posting our best January foliage on the day after Bloom Day. Come on over to Digging tomorrow to join in.

  2. Who’s buying cool trees? Monrovia thinks you’ll be buying their branded high priced plants after sponsering HGTV’s as they said, “Best Garden Show”.
    Saturday Outdoor Rooms on HGTV will have a garden show.

  3. A lovely and noteworthy tree, to be sure. I’m currently swooning over the cultivar “Duraheat”. Here are a couple of photos I took after our recent epic snowfall:



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