Late Bloomers Grace an Autumn Garden

Janet Draper in sun and shadow at the Mary Ripley Garden.

Smithsonian horticulturist Janet Draper is caught between sun and shadow at the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden. Tracy Wahl, NPR hide caption

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A Gardening Tip

Spring is glorious and summer is lush, but the garden has a special brilliance in the fall. The Mary Livingston Ripley garden, near the National Mall in Washington, D.C., remains lively with blossoms in mid-October.

Adrian Higgins, garden editor of The Washington Post and Smithsonian horticulturist Janet Draper lead a sun-dappled tour.

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