I recently had the opportunity to attend for the first time the Garden Bloggers Fling held this year in the Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland area.  It was a pleasure to meet Jennifer Ebeling of 6ftmama.com and she invited me to participate in a re-cap of the garden tours on her Still Growing Gardening Podcast. I am excited to share with you those podcasts as well as a virtual tour of other website posts about this year’s Garden Bloggers Fling below.

The Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling 2017

Hillwood Estate Cutting Garden

The GBFling 2017 garden tours included the public landscapes of Hillwood Estate, the Smithsonian Gardens on the National Mall, the U.S. Botanic Garden, The Franciscan Monastery, Brookside Gardens, and Meadowlark Gardens. Private tours included the landscapes of regional garden designers Barbara Kats, Debbie Friedman, Jeff Minnich, Scott Brinitzer, Peg Bier, and Linda Hostetler. More private tours included a 2 acre woodland garden, a 1790 historic Virginia estate, and a certified NWF wildlife habitat garden. We also enjoyed a visit to our fling organizer’s home gardens of Casa Maricopa.  To see photos of all these beautiful gardens, please visit my Garden Bloggers Fling 2017 Collection on Plants Map.  

The welcome event was held at the Willowsford Community, Conservancy and Farm. This unique development in northern Virginia includes a working farm with a farm stand that is open to the public and a CSA for the residents to enjoy fresh produce, flowers and other goods. They also hold educational programs, farm tours, nature walks, and a happy gardening hour.  Learn more at willowsford.com/farm-conservancy.

Another stop on the tour was Stone Tower Winery where we enjoyed a fabulous lunch with gorgeous pastoral views of the vineyard. Located in Leesburg, Virginia, this family owned winery has gorgeous views, tasting rooms, tours, and hosts special events and parties. Learn more at www.stonetowerwinery.com.

Save the date for GBFling 2018!

The Garden Bloggers Fling will return to their roots in 2018 with a visit to Austin, Texas for the 10th anniversary of the fling! Save the date information for the Austin GBFling 2018, May 3-6.

Still Growing Gardening Podcasts – Garden Bloggers Fling 2017

The Franciscan Monastery


Podcast SG577: Day 1 of the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling: Day one venues include Hillwood Estate, The Franciscan Monastery, Smithsonian Gardens on the National Mall, the U.S. Botanic Garden and a visit to the Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens. Guests: Tonya Peele of PlantandShoot.com, Dee Nash of RedDirtRamblings.com, Peggy Riccio of Pegplant.com, and Kathy Jentz of  WashingtonGardener.com.





AAS Display Garden at Brookside


Podcast SG578: Day 2 of the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling: Day two includes private gardens in Bethesda (MD), as well as Arlington, Tyson’s Corner, and Great Falls (VA).  We also enjoyed a visit to Brookside Gardens,a Montgomery County (MD) Park. Guests: Beth Billstrom of MoreThanOregano.com, Jen McGuinness of Frauzinnie.blogspot.com, and Tracy Blevins of Plantsmap.com.   





Meadowlark Gardens


Podcast SG579: Day 3 of the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling: Day three stops include private landscapes in Gainesville, The Plains, Middleburg, and Hamilton in Virginia. We also visit Merrifield Garden Center and enjoy a final stop at Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna (VA). Guests include Joanne Shaw of Down2Earth Garden Design, Teri Speight of CottageInTheCourt.com and Tracy Blevins of Plantsmap.com.




More websites for a virtual tour of the Garden Bloggers Fling 2017

Garden Bloggers Fling 2017 Collection by Tracy Blevins on Plants Map.

Garden Bloggers Fling – Willowsford Farm from The CobraHead Blog

Smithsonian Gardens and U.S. Botanic Garden: Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling from Digging by Pam Penick

The Gardens of Hillwood from The Frau Zinnie Blogspot

A Dazzling Tour of 20 Garden Containers from More Than Oregano by Beth Billstrom

Brookside Gardens – It was all about the butterflies from Late to the Garden Party by Kris Peterson


2017 Capital Region Fling Overview by organizer Tammy Schmitt

Capital Region Garden Blogger Fling 2017 podcast interview with Tammy Schmitt from Creative Living with Bren Hass

On social media, look for the hashtags #GBFling2017 or #GBFling.


NEW >>> GBFling 2017 Directory to Online Nurseries, Seed Companies and Garden Goods