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 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

The Long View – The Garden as Artifact

MG Christa Watters has written a new Meditations on Gardening for you to enjoy while you are cooped up on this snowy winter day!

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.

Updates to Tried and Trues and to Problem Plants Quercus alba Annotated

Get over that winter funk by planning your spring, summer and fall gardens. Searching for ideas? Take another look at our enhanced Tried and True Plants and Problem Plants resources. Learn more.


Winter Pruning Workshop

Arlington County Extension Agent Kirsten Buhls will lead a workshop on winter pruning from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 14, at 2416 Ridge Road Dr. This hands-on workshop will address what shrubs, plants and trees to prune in late winter and early spring as well as teach participants how to prune, what tools to use and how to care for them. The program is free and open to the public, but space is limited, and advance registration is required.  The VCE office can be reached by phone at 703-228-6414 or by e-mail at mgarlalex@gmail.com. Click here to register!


Preparing the Vegetable Garden Program

VCE Master Gardeners of Alexandria/Arlington will present a program on Preparing the Vegetable Garden on Tuesday, March 17, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and Saturday, March 14, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. The program, a repeat of one held March 14, will teach new gardeners how to start plants from seeds, how to transplant vegetables into the garden and how to sow seed directly into the soil. It will also cover basic gardening tools and how to care for them. 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.


Sustainable Gardening Program

VCE Master Gardeners of Alexandria/Arlington will present a program on Introduction to Sustainable Gardening on Monday, March 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. The program will cover the basics of creating a beautiful, sustainable yard using native plants as well as methods that reduce resources, time, and money.

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.


Tried and True Plant of the Week

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Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Eastern White Pine is the largest conifer of forests in the eastern and upper mid-western United States.* It is common in the Virginia mountains and is native to NoVA, except to Arlington. It neither abides the air pollution of urban and more populated areas nor salt spray, but given the right environment and enough room to grow, this conifer will become a magnificent specimen. Learn more.


VCE Plant Clinics

Most plant clinics sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension have wound down for the 2014 gardening season in Arlington and Alexandria. But they’ll all be back in early 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. Find one near you:


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 above 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.