Packera aurea, Golden Ragwort

UntitledTried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Earlier classified as Senecio aureus, this native wildflower grows in moist
fields and woods throughout much of the eastern half of North America
and as far west as Texas. Golden flowers bloom for about three weeks and
after they have faded, shiny basal foliage serves as a pretty ground cover.

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Green Spring Gardens Plant Sale

2015 plant sale flyer (1)




View from the Garden

Siberian Squill, a gift from Captain Shepherd's yard where these beautiful blue flowers bloomed each spring.

Spring Ephemerals:  It’s the time of year when Gardeners talk enthusiastically about “Spring Ephemerals,” using this term to describe native wildflowers, such as Virginia Bluebells, Trout Lily, Toothwort, Spring Beauty, Bloodroot, Trillium and Woodland Phlox. The word ‘ephemeral’ often means short-lived, but in the case of native plants, transitory is more accurate.  Ephemerals don’t die. These spring-appearing plants grow leaves, bloom, and set seed in a month or two. Then they go dormant. Read more here.


VCE Plant Clinics

Plant Clinics staffed by VCE Master Gardeners will begin opening for the season in the next few weeks. Volunteers staffing the clinics can 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., will open 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., will open on Saturday, April 18, and will operate from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Saturday through September.

A special plant clinic will be held in conjunction with the Carlyle House Annual Garden Day Herb Sale on Saturday, April 18, at Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. The clinic will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Two other VCE plant clinics in Alexandria will open 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.

It’s Spring – Time for Plant Sales!

MGNV plant sales are listed in bold, but there are lots of great sales throughout the DC region all through the spring. Sponsoring a native plant sale? Send us dates and links for us to include your event on this list. 

16 May – MGNV at Green Spring Garden BIG PLANT Sale – Includes more than 40 vendors of rare and unusual plants. MGNV will have several tents with a large collection of native plants.

2015: A Celebration of Soils

IYS_logos_enIn celebration of the 2015 International Year of Soils, MGNV presents you with some ‘punny’ soil jokes:

Q: How did the princess worm find her prince?
A: By kissing lots of nemaTODES.

Q: What did the worm eat for lunch?
A: Humus!

Q: What did the detective plant say to his partner?n
A: Let’s dig deeper; we’ve got to get to the root of this decomposition.

Bad jokes aside, it is easy to forget that the ‘dirt’ under your feet provides essential nutrients and water to plants. The truth is that soils are the foundation of agriculture and a good garden. Without protecting our soil, we’ll all be in trouble. Read more here.

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.