Milestone–Tried and True Native Plant Fact Sheets Updated!

By Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener

Updated Acknowledgements 

The new MGNV logo appears in the upper right hand corner of the fact sheets.

The new MGNV logo appears in the upper right hand corner of the fact sheets.

Almost four years have passed since we announced that we were revising the Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic fact sheets with easier-to-read format, new information, and new images of plants that can (mostly) be visited in local public gardens. We also identified those plants included in the Plant NoVA Natives campaign and last year added the new MGNV logo. You can compare the reformatted Quercus alba fact sheet pictured in the February 26, 2015 article to an updated version featured in the December 7, 2018 posting as examples. Continue reading

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Nurture Your Soil to Grow Your Best Garden

Hands holding soilBelow is a an article posted last Spring which details how gardeners can improve the soil in their yard and make it work to their advantage in growing healthy, vibrant plants.  It is being posted to highlight the free Sustainable Landscaping class on Building Soil Health on January 23, 2019.

 Advance registration requested at mgnv.org.
Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com 

By Wendy Mills, Certified Master Gardener

2010 Photo courtesy of Lush Life Landscape Design Associates

2010 Photo of author’s garden courtesy of Lush Life Landscape Design Associates

Volunteers at the Glencarlyn Library Garden often comment on the quality of our soil, expressing pleasure with its good feel and workability. Here at the garden we understand that nutrient-rich soils are the foundation of any successful garden and that this doesn’t happen by accident. Soils in Northern Virginia tend to be clay-heavy and low in organic matter, so creating good soil —with a healthy mix of minerals, organic material, water and air—requires ongoing effort.

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TREE: Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Eastern Redcedar’s dense foliage provides excellent roosting and nesting cover for birds. Besides being a favorite wildlife food, the fruit gives gin its characteristic flavor. This long-lived juniper, which is native to eastern North America, was prized by Virginia colonists for its wood. Today, its wood is favored as a closet/chest lining and oils are distilled for use in fragrances.

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February 2019 Public Education Events

MGNV LogoThese public education events for February 2019 are open to all, but space may be limited. To reserve a spot, please register online at https://mgnv.org/public-education-events/vce-horticulture-programs-registration/.


microgreensMicrogreens: What Are They, Why They Are So Fabulous, and How to Grow Them

Monday, February 4, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Barrett Branch Library
717 Queen St., Alexandria VA 22314

Microgreens – you’ve likely seen them, but what makes them so good for you? Join us to learn their many benefits, and some simple ways to grow these delicious, nutritious, and inexpensive baby plants and sprouts. Plus, we provide supplies for you to plant your own container, a custom “kit” to make your own microgreen garden at home. This class is offered by Extension Master Gardeners.

Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org.
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FERN: Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas Fern)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Christmas Fern is a forever plant, a lifetime fern with beautiful leathery lance-shaped fronds growing in arching, circular clusters from the crown. The common name is derived from its evergreen nature and from the shape of its pinnae which suggest Christmas stockings. This native is common throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. Learn more . . .

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Between the Rows – January Edition

Welcome veggie gardeners! 

It’s time to check out the January VCE Garden Guide for vegetable and herb gardening!

VCE supports local gardeners with a host of resources, including free classes, plant clinics and this newsletter. Want to know more? Subscribe here to receive future editions.

All the garden guides are available at VCE Garden Guide under Resources on the MGNV site.

VCE Garden Guide - Between the Rows

 

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