2017 DC Area


Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling

June 22-25, 2017 

Organizer: Tammy Schmitt of Casa Mariposa

Photo credit: Wendy Niemi Kremer

Here's what attendees wrote about the Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling! (Click for link)

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
Kathy Stoner    Garden Book
John Valentino   John and Bob's

Brandon Coppin           Botanical Interests
Kathy Keeler            A Wandering Botanist
Jennifer Spainhower     Botanical Interests
April Shelhon               Botanical Interests

Jennifer McGuinness    Frau Zinnie
Sue Webel      Idyll Haven

Peggy Montgomery    American Beauty Native Plants

Andrea Fox    Grow Where You're Planted

Cydney and Al Wade    Rose Petals Nursery

Karin Hicks    Southern Meadows

Judy Hertz    Garden In a City
Jason Kay    Garden In a City
Diana Stoll   Garden With Diana 

Ken Walton      Wabash Valley Farms

Jean McWeeney    Dig Grow Compost Blog

Kathy Jentz     Washington Gardener
Claire Jones    The Garden Diaries
Alison Rolen   A Home in the Garden
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
Elizabeth Licata    Gardening While Intoxicated and Garden Rant
Theo Margelony    Fuschias in the City
Marissa Verdi         Garden Trends

Sarah Himmelfarb    Galloping Horse Gardens
Daricia McKnight    Callicarpa
Patricia Moffat    pbm Garden
Tonya Peele     Plant + Shoot
Lisa Wagner      Natural Gardening

Kylee Baumle    Our Little Acre
Brenda Haas       Creative Living with Bren Haas
Louise Hartwig   Two Girls With a Purpose
Susan Heappard  Two Girls With a Purpose

Dee Nash    Red Dirt Ramblings

Ann Amato-Zorich    Amatuer Bot-ann-ist
Loree Bohl                Danger Garden
Darcy Daniels           egardenGO
Jane Finch-Howell     Mulch Maid
Heather Tucker    Just a Girl With a Hammer

Lynn Purse    Composer in the Garden

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
Connie Hilker       Hartwood Roses
Ray Novitske       A Leafy Indulgence
Karen Rexrode     Studiology
Peggy Riccio        Peg Plant
Tammy Schmitt    Casa Mariposa
Ira Wallace       Southern Exposure
Marianne Wilburn    The Small Town Gardener

Alison Conliffe      Bonney Lassie

Anneliese Valdes   Cobrahead

Helen Battersby    Toronto Gardens
Janet Davis           The Paintbox Garden
Liza Drozdov       Hortus TV
Margaret Mishra   Homegrown Adventures
Joanne Shaw         Down 2 Earth Garden Design

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 Center and 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.