Bipeds of Brookland: Introducing the people who make Brookland their home, one step at a time.
Mary Pat Rowan is a landscape architect and president of the Greater Brookland Garden Club. She admits, “My garden isn’t so spectacular because I work in other people’s gardens.”
After studying under a professor in Wisconsin famous for prairie restoration, Mary Pat came to DC and began a business in 1980 designing residential landscapes with native plants. “I attempt to create a habitat, rather than a landscape: a place for plants and animals, butterflies and bees.” She works mostly in the city and points out that “small gardens are more difficult than large gardens because you can’t make any mistakes.”
Mary Pat moved to Brookland in the late 80s after…