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Photographing the Tried and True Sheets: Part 2 – Capturing Flowers and Fruits

Written by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener

Part One of Photographing the Tried and True Sheets explored how best to capture the forms of plants and trees in photographs. You can read part one here! This week, a closer look at capturing the best images when photographing fruits and flowers.

Echinacea purpurea: Mary Free
Creating images for the Tried and True Plant fact sheets required many trips to local public gardens and parks to find good specimens as well as many, many pictures to capture them to best advantage. In Part 1, we focused on images that portrayed growth habit or form; now we turn to flowers and fruits.

Read more here.


trillium-grandiflorumMGNV Tried and True Plant of the Week

Trillium grandiflorum, Great White Trillium
Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

A simple, graceful perennial, the Great White Trillium is one of the most familiar and beloved of the spring woodland wildflowers.  Its showy, long-lasting white flower is one of the largest among the trilliums, measuring 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches. The Virginia Native Plant Society named Great White Trillium Wildflower of the Year in 1996. Continue reading.


Photographing the Tried and TruesPart 1 – Capturing the Form

Quercus alba AnnotatedA major improvement to the Tried and True Plant fact sheets is the substitution of images to highlight native plants grown in the MGNV demonstration, or other public, gardens. Master Gardeners have attempted to photograph  Tried and True Plants at various stages or during different seasons in order to provide each fact sheet with examples of form, flowers, fruits, foliage, and/or bark. In this three-part series, which will appear over the next few weeks, we will discuss each of those examples. Part 1 looks at Capturing the Form.”  Read more. 


Meditations on Gardening – The Garden as Artifact

 The butterfly garden at Simpson Demonstration Gardens in Alexandria, filled with native plants and pollinator attractors. All of Simpson Gardens is made on the site of a former paved road and parking lot. Photo: Christa Watters

Sitting out the cold and snowy days of late winter is a good time to consider what it means to be a gardener, particularly for those of us trained to share our knowledge with the public. Often it is useful to turn to the dictionary to guide one’s rambling thoughts. Continue reading here.

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The program is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. Click here to register! The VCE office can be reached by phone at 703-228-6414 or by e-mail at mgarlalex@gmail.com.


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The program is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Click here to register! Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.


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The program is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. Click here to register! The VCE office can be reached by phone at 703-228-6414 or by e-mail at mgarlalex@gmail.com.


VCE Plant Clinics

Most plant clinics sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension are gearing up for 2015.   Staffed by VCE Master Gardeners, plant clinics allow you to get answers to general gardening questions as well as questions about pests and diseases and plant identification. They also provide free soil test kits on request. Stay tuned for details of our opening dates!


Upcoming Master Gardener of Northern Virginia (MGNV) Events

Our upcoming events are listed in this calendar. For more information on any event, use the Event Calendar menu to see full write ups. If you have any questions about an event, contact the Help Desk at mgarlalex@gmail.com or 703-228-6414. Click here to view events of interest to gardeners in the greater D.C. area.