TREE: Acer rubrum (Red Maple)


Acer rubrumTried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

The Red Maple tolerates the widest variety of soil conditions of any North American forest species.  Its leaves turn brilliant scarlet, orange, and yellow in the fall, making it a popular ornamental tree. More information . . .

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Fall Colors in the Shade Garden

by Dina Lehmann-Kim, Master Gardener

Shade Garden EntranceFall on the East Coast usually conjures up the colors associated with the incredible display of the season’s changing leaves— brilliant oranges, fiery reds, and bright yellows. The Shade Garden has some of these, but also boasts unexpected bursts of color more typically associated with spring.
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GRASS: Muhlenbergia capillaris (Muhly Grass)

Muhlenbergia capillaris, Muhly Grass

Photo © 2016 Elaine Mills

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

The thin blades of this spectacular species droop at the tips to form a fine textured skirt for the airy, rosy-red plumes displayed in a spherical crown. The genus name of this plant honors Henry Muhlenberg whose study of plants earned him distinction as America’s first outstanding botanist. More information . . .

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November Notes from the Organic Vegetable Garden, in Potomac Overlook Regional Park

Putting the Garden to Bed

By Certified Master Gardener Nancy Dowling

Cover CropsIf you come to the Organic Vegetable Garden today, you will see nearly every bed green with foliage. Does that surprise you? Well, it shouldn’t.

Remember in my very first OVG blog post this past spring I cautioned that the work of the spring garden started months earlier? I wasn’t kidding.

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Autumnfest at the Glencarlyn Library Demonstration Garden

By Judy Funderburk, Certified Master Gardener

AUTUMNFEST!  The word brings to the mind’s eye pumpkins of every size and color, Indian corn, colored leaves, a freshness in the air.

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SHRUB: Photinia melanocarpa (Black Chokeberry)

Photinia melanocarpa

Photo © 2016 Julie Makin,
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This attractive native member of the Rose family is often found in bogs, swamps, and moist thickets and sometimes on drier balds and rock outcroppings throughout eastern North America.  Its common name refers to the astringency of the fruit, although it is used as a flavoring in many processed foods. More information . . .

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PERENNIAL: Vernonia noveboracensis (New York Ironweed)

New York ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis)

New York ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis)

Photo © 2016 Christa Watters

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Fluffy deep purple blooms atop 8-foot tall sturdy stalks draw bees and butterflies from mid-summer into fall.  This member of the daisy family is at home in fields, along stream banks, and in freshwater marshes. The Virginia Native Plant Society named New York Ironweed Wildflower of the Year in 1995. More information . . .

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TREE: Magnolia virginiana (Sweetbay Magnolia)

Magnolia virginia

Photo © Christa Watters

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Lovely, lemon-scented, cup-shaped flowers appear mid-spring and bloom intermittently throughout the summer, followed in the fall by showy conelike fruit. This elegant, semi-evergreen tree is native to the lowlands and freshwater swamps primarily along the Mid-Atlantic and Gulf coasts. More information . . . 

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PERENNIAL: Solidago rugosa (Rough-Stemmed Goldenrod)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Solidago Rugosa

Photo © 2016 R.W. Smith,
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Golden sprays of flowers brighten the garden from late summer to frost, supporting 115 species of moths, butterflies, native bees, and other insect pollinators.  The cultivar ‘Fireworks’ is more compact, easier to contain, and flowers more vigorously than the species. More information . . .

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November Public Education Events

The following events are scheduled by VCE Master Gardeners in Arlington and Alexandria in November.

autum_maple_trees_red11.jpgSunday, November 6, Fairlington Community Center Landscape Walk, 1 – 2:30 p.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, VA 22206.

This program will provide a tour of the native plantings at the Fairlington Community Center and will highlight plants with winter interest. It will be conducted primarily outdoors, so be sure to dress for the weather. Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.orgQuestions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com. (Note: Walk will be repeated Monday, November 7)

Monday, November 7Fairlington Community Center Landscape Walk, 1 – 2:30 p.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, VA 22206.  Continue reading

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