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Title: River Farm

River Farm, Fairfax County, Virginia
11 August 2004

I visited River Farm (Headquarters of the American Horticultural Society) from 4 – 6:30 p.m.   The Farm’s entrance had a cheery, bright display of multicolored large zinnias and a large patch of hot pink petunias.   It was bright overcast for about 1 hour and then became dark overcast with periodic rain.   Rain on my camera lense blurred some of my photographs.   This Farm is one of President George Washington’s original five farms.

Energetic Chief Horticulturalist, Peggy Bowers, was busy with weed control, and kindly paused to inform me of important things to see.   She manages the garden with a minimum of pesticides.

Three kinds of azaleas flowered in the George Harding Memorial Azalea Garden.   Small Fall Webworms were munching on leaves of Nyssa aquatica and N. sylvatica .   Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’ (English Boxwood ) borders the terrace, and some of the plants are over 100 years old.   The display beds and children’s gardens were highly floriferous.   Four male Spicebush Swallowtails followed a female that nectared from pink Catharanthus rosea (Rosy Periwinkle).   A male Maclura pomifera (Osage Orange), the second largest Osage Orange in the U.S., lorded over the Garden Calm (Shade Garden).   Two large trees of Franklinia alatamaha were in full bloom.   Bumble bees visited their flowers.   A meadow of many native wildflowers resided between the Ha-Ha Wall and the Potomac River.   A group of Vernonia noveboracensis (New York Ironweed), about 12 feet tall and in full bloom, grew in the meadow.

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Figure 1.   The farmhouse.

Figure 2.   The Potomac River from the house’s front yard.

Figure 3.   The Azalea Garden.

Figure 4.   A garden entrance.

Figure 5.   A garden view.

Figure 6.   A garden view.

Figure 7.   Part of the Children’s Garden.

Figure 8.   Part of the Children’s Garden.

Figure 9.   Part of the Children’s Garden.

Figure 10.   Part of the Children’s Garden.

Figure 11.   Part of the Children’s Garden.

Figure 12.   Begonia grandis.

Figure 13.   Begonia grandis.

Figure 14.   An asteriad.

Figure 15.   The same asteriad with a Ceratina bee (small carpenter bee).

Figure 16.   A rose.

Figure 17.   The same rose.

Figure 18.   A variegated mint.

Figure 19.   The same mint.

Figure 20.   Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’ (English Boxwood).

Figure 21.   Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’ (English Boxwood).

Figure 22.   Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’ (English Boxwood).

Figure 23.   Franklinia alatamaha.

Figure 24.   Franklinia alatamaha.

Figure 25.   Franklinia alatamaha.

Figure 26.   Franklinia alatamaha.

Figure 27.   Franklinia alatamaha.

Figure 28.   Franklinia alatamaha.

Figure 29.   Franklinia alatamaha.

Figure 30.   Franklinia alatamaha.

Figure 31.   Maclura pomifera (Osage Orange).

Figure 32.   The same tree.

Figure 33.   Vernonia noveboracensis (New York Ironweed).

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