City Gardening

Posted on Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020

While there are many lovely parks and green spaces in D.C., living in a city this large may cause one to feel alienated from nature.  Planting a garden is a great way to remedy this situation.  Tending to every need of a shrub is not only enriching in the moment, but when done right can result in the creation of a lasting aesthetic which will enrich what may otherwise be called a drab environment. Of course, certain plant varieties are better than others.  I highly recommend starting with Dwarf Japanese Umbrella Pine, PeeGee Hydrangea, Rock Cotoneaster, and Goldflame Spirea.  These are all wonderful specimen, but a plant enthusiast may note that the previous list neglects any edible plants.  While I haven’t yet created a vegetable garden, it is certainly a possibility.  Each apartment has a large balcony with more than enough room to grow Rhubarb, Borlotti bean, Banana squash, Hubbard squash, Huckleberry lentil, paprika, topinambur, Engelburg’s sprout, and more! Though my garden is still in its infancy, it has provided much peace and joy already and helped make my abode in D.C. feel more and more like home.

Walter Johnson
Office of Congressman Michael McCaul
Washington, D.C. | spring 2020