Simple Steps to Enjoying your Outdoor Space

By Laura

With so much time spent at home these past few months and more coming up this summer, I’ve found time in my Fox Hill Garden to be even more soothing than usual. When my outdoor space is in disarray it’s not quite as relaxing, so today I’m sharing some simple tips to spruce up and maintain your outdoor area and maximize its potential.



1. Before you go out and buy a bunch of miscellaneous plants and flowers (and furniture), take some time to create a plan for the space. Make note of shade versus sun and what plants will thrive in the area you are filling. Be sure you are allowing enough space for each plant. If you need help with developing a garden plan, consider booking a virtual (or in-person!) garden consultation.

2. Walk around a few times a week with clippers and trim off anything you see that is dead. This will encourage new growth and keep healthy form in your garden. With healthy blooms you can create bouquets for your personal enjoyment – we offer arrangements for local pickup in Alexandria if your green thumb isn’t quite developed yet!



3. When watering, water at the base of your plants, not over the top covering the entire plant and leaves with water. This will discourage disease in your plants which leads to plants that appear unhealthy.

4. Make room for creativity in your outdoor space whether it’s reading, journaling, painting, etc. Once you’ve cleaned up the aesthetics of your outdoor space, you will be ready to enjoy time outdoors! My personal favorite activity is working on my acrylic paintings on my back porch.




Click here to grab a free guide to planning and cultivating your own garden or here to schedule a garden design consultation!


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With more than 20 years of calligraphy experience, Laura Hooper, Owner and Creative Director, has produced scripts for hundreds of weddings, corporate clients, and even a celeb or two (yes, stars: they love calligraphy just like us!), handcrafting everything from addressed envelopes to custom signage, all from our Old Town Alexandria studio. At the holidays, we offer custom, handwritten décor items. Laura has trained under three amazing master penman to date; Michael Sull, Vivian Mungall, and Harvest Crittenden, and she is a certified instructor of American Cursive Handwriting. She resides in Mount Vernon, Alexandria. Alyssa, Laura’s sister, joined the company as Director of Operations in 2014, allowing the family business to go around the world with online video courses and in-person workshops. Alyssa runs the day-to-day logistics of Laura Hooper Calligraphy, allowing Laura to focus on the art. She resides in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.

Looking to learn the art of modern pointed-pen calligraphy? Laura Hooper Calligraphy has got you covered with both in-person workshops {right here in Old Town Alexandria!} as well as a starter kit plus video tutorial for at-home learning. Our online calligraphy shop is fully curated with the supplies we use daily that we know will work well together.


In addition to teaching and sharing calligraphy with students around the world, sisters Laura Hooper & Alyssa Law also serve wedding clients with custom stationery design and production as well as handwritten calligraphy services for envelopes, escort cards, place cards and more.


109 N Fairfax St.
Alexandria 22314

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