July programs

July programs flier

Can You Identify These Pollinators? 
Written by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener

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During National Pollinator Week we challenged you to test your pollinator identification skills on our facebook page. Below are the links to all the answers.
Part 1 focuses on bees, wasps and flies. Read more…
Part 2 focuses on butterflies. Read more
Part 3 focuses on hummingbirds. Read more

One of the joys of creating an inviting wildlife habitat with our Tried and True Native Plants that Attract Pollinators is taking the time to observe all of the visitors that it attracts. Can you now name the pollinators pictured below?

Best Bets for Pollinator Plants

For help in identifying other pollinators, visit online resources like: All About Birds, BugGuide, Butterflies and Moths of North America, and EOL Observer Cards: Bees.

Interested in becoming a Master Gardener? Learn more about fall 2015 training classes here!


Asparagus-and-Potato Flatbread Recipe

As the days become longer and warmer, we crave lighter foods, and especially fresh, seasonal produce. This quick-and-easy way to use asparagus will impress and delight anyone you serve it to, even if it’s just yourself. Read more.

tiarella-cordifolia1Tiarella cordifolia, Foamflower

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic 

Moist woods and stream banks are home to this charming wildflower that is less common to absent in the eastern portions of the Mid-Atlantic Region and is indigenous in NoVA only in Fairfax County. It looks as wonderful as a ground cover in shady locations as it does in a container on a patio or balcony. The plant’s tiny, star-shaped flowers and fine-textured stamens resemble foam, accounting for its common name. Read more.

June programs


The Art of the Flower exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond
by certified MGNV Marsha Mercer

We’re pleased to announce a new series, “five things you don’t know about…”  This occasional series will cover all things gardening and DC area related. Thank you to MGNV Marsha Mercer, who suggested the idea and has contributed our first “five things” articles.

The Art of the Flower Home Page

1) Through June 21, 2015, The Art of the Flower exhibition offers a bouquet of reasons for a spring road trip. The museum, a regional jewel, is located at 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond VA 23220-4007. Read more.


VCE Plant Clinics

Plant Clinics staffed by VCE Master Gardeners are now open for the season! Volunteers staffing the clinics answer general gardening questions as well as questions about plant pests and diseases. They can also identify plants and provide soil test kits on request.

The plant clinic at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., opene on Thursday, April 16, and will operate from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. every Thursday through November.

The plant clinic at Arlington Farmers Market, 14th St. and N. Courthouse Rd., opened on Saturday, April 18, and will operate from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Saturday through September.

Two other VCE plant clinics in Alexandria opened on Saturday, May 2. The Del Ray Farmers Market Plant Clinic at East Oxford and Mt. Vernon Avenues will be open from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. every Saturday through September. The Old Town Alexandria Farmers Market Plant Clinic at 301 King Street will be open from 7 to 9:30 a.m. every Saturday through September.

VCE Master Gardeners also staff the Horticulture Help Desk, which operates from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays year round at the VCE office in Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford Street, Arlington. The Help Desk can be reached by phone at 703-228-6414 or by email at mgarlalex@gmail.com.

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.