I have noticed in recent pictures that the pavement within the arbor appears to be heaving and is under some sort of repair. Have you given any thought to providing pictures and brief summations for the kind of maintenance your gardens require? For example, how often do the hornbeams at the eclipse get clipped and during what time(s) of year or what materials are used to encapsulate the fountain during the winter months (and how/why), or what kind of base is the arbor pavement laid upon and why is it failing, etc. Your blog visitors may be surprised at just how much their own gardens are similar – or dissimilar – to those at Dumbarton Oaks.
It is an interesting thought, however at this time the current format is to showcase what is in bloom in our gardens. Please feel free to visit the garden during visitor hours and ask a gardener directly any questions you have. Thank you.
That is unfortunate as it seems a perfect format to educate the public a little on sound horticultural and landscape architectural practices – or at least to get the public wanting to explore what those practices might be. Pictures of pretty flowers are nice, but year after year of the same old thing is getting tedious.
Why not take the time you are spending to color-coordinate the background of each page with the predominant color of each photograph and beef up your content a little?
Please take a moment to scroll through your archives and you will see that you are not in command of fact when it comes to sticking to your current format of “showcasing what is in bloom”.