GROUND COVER: Silene caroliniana (Wild Pink)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

New fact sheet!

This charming wildflower is native to dry forests, barrens, and outcrops throughout Virginia where it tolerates a range of soils. Its rose-pink flowers, which somewhat resemble those of phlox, bring bright color to the spring garden, and it remains evergreen in winter. Learn more . . .

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Plan Now for the Arlington County Fair!

Plan Now for Arlington County Fair Competitive Exhibits in August 2019

Arlington County Fair Logo 2019Have you just planted your vegetable bed or your summer annuals, or do you have summer flowering shrubs in your yard? If you live in Arlington County, Alexandria City, the City of Falls Church, or Ft. Myer-Joint Base Henderson, you are eligible to enter your vegetables or ornamentals in the Competitive Exhibits of the Arlington County Fair. Compete for blue ribbons! Enjoy growing the best squash, the tallest corn stalk, the most perfect zinnia! There are separate categories for adults, teens, and children. Look at what is growing in your garden and plan now to enter your best in the County Fair.

More information about specific categories, dates, and entry forms at Arlington County Fair Competitive Exhibits

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Westover Garden Open House

A Neighborhood Champions Event

Saturday May 25th 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Silene virginica (fire pink )flowers and buds in June.
Photo © 2017 Elaine Mills

This neighborhood Garden Open House will highlight Extension Master Gardener Cheryl Lai’s use of native plants and rain gardens.   Volunteers will conduct tours through the garden, answer questions on gardening, and help children plant lettuce seeds in pots to take home.

5527 22nd Street in the Westover neighborhood
North Arlington

MGNV - Public Education logoThe goal of the Neighborhood Champions Program is to expand the public education outreach of Extension Master Gardeners by sharing their horticultural knowledge with neighbors through neighborhood listservs, Nextdoor, or newsletters and events and activities such as open houses, presentations at neighborhood civic associations, or neighborhood projects such as native plant gardens in common spaces or expanding the tree canopy.

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Parking Lot Beds at Library Get Major Re-do

By Wendy Mills, Extension Master Gardener

New Ground Cover – Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)
Photo © 2017 Elaine Mills

Master Gardeners at the Glencarlyn Library have been renovating the garden beds along the parking lot. As the growing season progresses, local residents will see dozens of new plantings and a more intentional, holistic design that highlights native plants.

The parking lot beds have evolved over the years to include an eclectic collection of native and non-native perennial shrubs, flowers, grasses and bulbs, many installed by interns as part of their Master Gardener certification. Over the years, the beds have changed. Sections have become shady as the oaks and sweet gum in the cemetery have grown. In the beds themselves, plants have matured; some have become aggressive, reseeding liberally, while others have underperformed or died due to the challenging conditions—cars, foot traffic. and intense weather.

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VINE: Wisteria frutescens (American Wisteria)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

The wild native wisteria is a climbing vine with chains of richly colored, sweetly fragrant flowers, although not as dramatic or as rampant as its Asian cousins. This member of the Pea family is native to wet forests and stream banks of the southeastern United States. Learn more . . .

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PERENNIAL: Amsonia tabernaemontana (Bluestar)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This native perennial of floodplain and mesic slope forests, open woodlands, and stream banks has much to recommend it. It is easy to maintain and has showy blue blooms in the spring and attractive foliage color in the fall. Learn more . . .

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