Master Gardeners in Our Community

Master Gardeners don’t  just volunteer with VCE and MGNV. They also share theunnamedir expertise with the wider community. In the first of this occasional series, Master Gardeners in our Community, MG Gabriel Eberhardt looks at the history of 4-H. Part two of his article (posted next Sunday) will explore 4-H closer to home, here in Alexandria.

Whether you are a youth, parent or interested volunteer, and whether you live in a rural, urban or suburban community, the  4-H program has something to offer. Learn more.

Tried and True Plant of the Week

pachysandra-procumbensPachysandra procumbens, Allegheny Spurge
Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Why plant English Ivy, Vinca, or Liriope when you can enjoy this native evergreen gem?  Learn more.

DSCN4678The Long View – Meditations on Gardening – The End of Fall

One day the tulip magnolia next to my front door is still green – leaves fringed with yellow, spotted with brown here and there, yes, but basically still green, and on waking the next morning I see it still full of leaves as I pick up the paper, though the stoop is littered with yellowing leaves. By afternoon, a rising wind has stripped the upper branches of foliage, leaving just the gray bark of branches and twigs and the furry gray buds that hold next spring’s pink blossoms outlined against the gray sky. Gray, gray, gray — the dominant shade of November, it seems. But it’s not all gloom out there. Spots of color remain, and some trees are still in full flame of gold or red. Enjoy more.

Exciting Happenings in Glencarlyn Library Garden Poe GC Garden

What do Persimmons, Poe, and Painting have in common – besides the letter P?!? All three were exciting happenings in the Library Garden this fall.  Enjoy 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.