Fall Herb Supplement

A Guide to Growing and Using Herbs

Welcome HERB gardeners!

It’s time to check out the Fall Herb Supplement to the monthly post, Between the Rows – A Guide to Vegetable Gardening for vegetable and herb gardening!

Here you will find additional information on growing and using garden herbs. 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 Herb Supplements are available at VCE Garden Guide under Resources on the MGNV site.



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GROUND COVER: Opuntia humifusa (Eastern Prickly-Pear)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Eastern Prickly-Pear  (formerly O. compressa) is unique. Its natural habitat is in scattered pockets from Ontario, Canada, to Florida and Louisiana, rather than the Southwest. Though infrequent throughout Virginia, it is native to Fairfax and Prince William counties. Like many of its desert relatives, it is edible, but handle with care! Learn more . . .

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October 2019 Public Education Events

MGNV LogoThe following public education programs scheduled by VCE Master Gardeners in Arlington and Alexandria in October 2019 are open to all, but space may be limited.
To reserve a spot, please register online.

ClassesPlant Clinics |   Wednesday Library Garden Talks

October is Urban Agriculture Month!

In October we celebrate the farmers and gardeners who provide the bounty of food we enjoy. Several events are being held in Arlington and Alexandria, including VCE Master Gardener programs and Garden Talks at the Arlington Central Library on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. See below for specific events.

Two Special Events:

    • October 2019 Urban Agriculture Month FlyerJoin Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture at Barley Mac in Rosslyn on Thursday, October 3 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. for the October Urban Agriculture Month Kickoff Event & Social Hour  – enjoy food and refreshments, and learn how we can accelerate urban agriculture initiatives in Arlington.
      Special guest speaker Wythe Marschall, a national expert in vertical and indoor farming, will lead a discussion on how we can transplant best practices from New York City and European cities to grow a sustainable, just and secure food system in Arlington.
    • On Friday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Arlington Arts Center, 3553 Wilson Blvd, EcoAction Arlington will hold its 2019 EcoExtravaganza. This year’s theme will focus on Celebrating Our Waterways from Source to Sea – a critical part of urban agriculture.

More information on these and additional events can be found at http://home.arlingtonurbanag.org/events. And don’t forget to stop by a Farmer’s Market!

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Regional Gardens: Ladew Topiary Gardens

By Elaine Mills, Extension Master Gardener
Photos © 2019 Elaine Mills

The Hunt Scene is recognized internationally as the symbol of Ladew Topiary Gardens.

Located about 75 miles from Northern Virginia, the Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton, Maryland, are a great destination for a day trip. The manor house and 22 acres of gardens, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, were originally the property of Harvey S. Ladew (1887-1976), a man of leisure and a self-taught gardener.

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Organic Vegetable Garden Pepper Fest!

Come celebrate the end of summer at the Potomac Overlook Organic Vegetable Garden’s Pepper Festival!

Colorful peppers

Saturday, September 14,
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Potomac Overlook Regional Park
2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington, VA.
Park in the lot and walk past the Nature Center to the garden.

  • Explore the beautiful pepper beds, filled with mild to hot varieties.
  • Sample fresh peppers: Carmen, Shishito, Czeck Black, Lunch Box, Venezuelan Tiger, Jalapeño, and many more.
  • Taste dishes prepared with peppers grown in our garden.
  • Consult with Extension Master Gardeners on growing and caring for peppers, vegetables and cover crops.
  • See our vegetable beds, including our edible and square foot gardens.
  • Enjoy the flora of Potomac Overlook Regional Park.
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AutumnFest at Glencarlyn Library Garden

Glencarlyn Autumnfest Logo 2018

Print Version: AutumnFest Flyer

Sunday, September 15, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Glencarlyn Library Community Garden
300 South Kensington Street, Arlington, VA 22204

Glencarlyn Library Community Garden AutumnFest

Come visit the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden for AutumnFest, a lively celebration of fall, herbs and nature. There’s much to learn during three educational presentations

    • 11 a.m. with “Grow Your Own Herbal Teas,” – participants will learn about plants and recipes to create the most soothing and tasty libations.
    • 12 noon – “Succulents for Small Spaces,” – look at how to hop on board with one of the hottest trends in home and garden décor
    • 1 pm  “Container Gardening Made Simple,”  – an introduction to bringing beauty and food into your life using pots.

AutumnFest also offers native and other plants perfect for fall planting; autumnal décor; the opportunity to consult with Extension Master Gardeners, Tree Stewards and Audubon at Home Ambassadors; a chance to visit the Colonial Ball-Sellers House; vendors selling hand-made pots, hand-crafted jewelry, reusable recycled bags and herbal treats with recipes to try at home.

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PERENNIAL: Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic


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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.

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