Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling
June 22-25, 2017
Organizer: Tammy Schmitt of Casa Mariposa
Photo credit: Wendy Niemi Kremer
Attendees of the 2017 Capital Region Fling
Kathleen Melikian Queen of the Dirt
Jim and Val Peterson Garden Design
Kristine Peterson Late to the Garden Party
Jennifer McGuinness Frau Zinnie
Sue Webel Idyll Haven
Peggy Montgomery American Beauty Native Plants
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Andrea Fox Grow Where You're Planted
Cydney and Al Wade Rose Petals Nursery
Karin Hicks Southern Meadows
Judy Hertz Garden In a City
Ken Walton Wabash Valley Farms
Jean McWeeney Dig Grow Compost Blog
Kathy Jentz Washington Gardener
Teri Speight Cottage in the Court
Angela Lituri The Freckled Rose
Stefanie Gilmour See Jane Dig
Shannon Downey Greenhouse Glass
Beth Billstrom More Than Oregano
Jennifer Ebeling 6 ft Mama
Daniel Eggert Garden Trends
Kevin Gepford Fuchsias in the City
Sarah Himmelfarb Galloping Horse Gardens
Daricia McKnight Callicarpa
Lisa Wagner Natural Gardening
Kylee Baumle Our Little Acre
Ann Amato-Zorich Amatuer Bot-ann-ist
Jane Finch-Howell Mulch Maid
Janet Ledebuhr The Queen of Seaford
Julie Thompson-Adolf Garden Delights
Gail Eichelberger Clay and Limestone
Barbara Wise B wise gardens
Vicki Blachman Playin' Outside
Chris Giaraffa Watching My Garden Grow
Cat Jones The Whimsical Gardener
Diana Kirby Sharing Nature's Garden
Laurin Lindsey Ravenscourt Gardens
Pam Penick Digging
Shawn Schlacter Ravenscourt Gardens
Laura Wills Wills Family Acres
Wendy Hatoum High Country Gardens
Jenny Prince American Meadows
Tracy Blevins PlantsMap
Laura Christian Plant Pop
Gryphon Corphus Southern Exposure
Karen Rexrode Studiology
Peggy Riccio Peg Plant
Tammy Schmitt Casa Mariposa
Alison Conliffe Bonney Lassie
WISCONSIN Anneliese Valdes Cobrahead
Helen Battersby Toronto Gardens
Janet Davis The Paintbox Garden
Liza Drozdov Hortus TV
Victoria Summerley Tales From Awkward Hill
Michelle Chapman Veg Plotting
Capital Region Fling Itinerary
We'll be visiting the amazing Smithsonian gardens along the National Mall in Washington DC. You'll have several hours to self-tour this area which will probably include a bathroom break in one of our world famous museums. We'll also be visiting the incredible US Botanic Garden as well as a few other fabulous DC gardens. Did you know there's an urban "farm" right in the middle of DC?
In Maryland and northern Virginia, we'll be exploring amazing private and public gardens as well as visiting a very cool local winery.There will also be an opportunity to shop at one of the premier nurseries in our area. Check out this interactive story map for a sneak peek into our itinerary!
There are twelve Smithsonian gardens along the National Mall.
What is the Capital Region?
The Capital Region includes the surrounding suburbs outside DC that are home to most of the people who keep the nation's capital running. DC is a small city and doesn't have enough space to house everybody who works there. Waking up in Virginia, commuting into DC, and then popping into Maryland is very common. Believe it or not, you'll probably lose track of what state we're in while you're here. One of the unique characteristics of the Capital Region is its geographic diversity. Within 45 miles of the White House you can find numerous historic towns such as Arlington, Alexandria, and Annapolis, world class wineries, beautiful farm land, and views of the Chesapeake Bay and Blue Ridge mountains.
Did you know there's a house in Maryland with a sidewalk in DC?
When can I register and how much does it cost?
Registration opens at noon (Eastern time) on Saturday, October 15, 2016. The cost is $300 and is payable through all major credit cards. Registration is expected to fill up quickly so mark your calendar so you don't forget!
How do I register?
As soon as registration opens, send an email to the Capital Region Fling committee that includes the following info: Your name, how old your blog is, and a link to your blog. We'll quickly confirm that your blog meets the registration criteria and will send you a response with a link to our invitation-only Eventbrite site to register for the Fling. Once you've registered through Eventbrite and your payment has been processed, you're all set!
Where can I find this information?
About two weeks before registration opens, We'll post a reminder on the Garden Bloggers Fling website as well as on the blog, Casa Mariposa. There will also be information available in the Facebook group.We'll post the email you'll use to contact us on October 1 but won't begin responding until noon (Eastern time), Saturday, October 15. To make it fair for everyone early registration isn't an option unless you have previously sponsored a Fling.
What does my registration fee cover?
Your fee covers the expenses related to the Fling including admission and transportation to each garden, fresh from the farm appetizers at our Welcome! party on Thursday night, and lunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as well as dinner on Sunday. You will pay for your transportation to the Fling and your hotel expenses. We're staying at a beautiful Hyatt at the Reston Town Centerand have been given a special Fling-only room rate. There will be multiple opportunities to win incredible door prizes supplied by our sponsors so leave some space in your suitcase for all the swag.
We'll be traveling in air conditioned comfort thanks to the luxury coaches and mini-buses of Reston Limo.
Are we going to be visiting Casa Mariposa?
Yes! While Tammy's garden doesn't compare to the others we'll be visiting, it's her pleasure to welcome you to the Casa! We hope to see you there.