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Virtual Tour of Hope’s Garden

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Hope McCalla in her Greenbelt gardenI’m happy to finally have a Virtual Greenbelt Garden Tour outside of Old Greenbelt, thanks to Hope McCalla in East Greenbelt. (Here are the 6 Summer Tours.)

I visited Hope and her garden in early September. After we video’d, I mentioned that I’d be looking for music by Greenbelt musicians to accompany the video and told me her next-door neighbor is a musician. Turns out, it’s Barry Holober, drummer for the Fabulous Hubcaps! He and wife Becky are New Deal Cafe regulars, so I got to know them. Permission to use Hubcaps music for this video was a cinch.

Hope writes about her garden:

Most of the blooms from my front garden are already gone, so I have added a garden bike with mums, and pots with zinnia and marigold. On my steps are pots of mandevilla (a favorite of mine), coleus and perslane. The perslanes are trailing plants that will bloom way into the fall.

In my back yard are hardy hibiscus, which bloom have beautiful dinner plate petals. They bloomed first in early summer and are now reblooming. They’re hardy, so they will die back in the winter and grow again in the spring.

There is also a garden bike along my back fence. We call that space the red wall.

The deck is where my husband and I spend many long evenings together. There are hanging plants, such as petunia, spider plants, sedums, large pots of petunias, and a beautiful red and white mandevilla. Many wind chimes there grace us with beautiful music.

This year I transferred many of my vegetables – tomato, pepper, lettuce, thyme and parsley – to my deck.

The Fabulous Hubcaps. Drummer Barry Holober – Hope’s neighbor – is third from the right.


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Follow Susan Harris:
“Susan started blogging about Greenbelt soon after moving here in 2012, and that first blog has grown into this nonprofit community website. Retired from garden writing and teaching, she continues to blog at GardenRant.com. In 2021 Susan joined the Board of Directors of Greenbelt Access TV.

2 Responses

  1. Amethyst Dwyer
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    Love it!!

  2. Melissa Mackey
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    Thank you, Hope, for sharing your garden. What a cheerful, appealing use of plants, their display, and the comfortable social seating area for enjoying the view from the porch.

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