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

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic 

lobelia-cardinalisLoebelia cardinalis, Cardinal Flower

Native to a large portion of North America from eastern Canada into much of the United States, this lovely wetland wildflower shines with brilliant scarlet flowers, which are a favorite of hummingbirds. Read more.

August programs flier

August programs flier


Fairlington Community Center

Our occasional series on “five things you don’t know about…” covers all things gardening and DC area related. This month, we explore Fairlington Community Center.  Read more!

Alexandria Beautification ABCs of Fall Gardening

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.

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.