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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Milkweed Pods, Bugs and Monarchs

When the flowers of summer wane, pollinators move on to late bloomers, such as the mistakenly maligned native thistles. But native milkweed plants–Asclepias incarnata, A. tuberosa, and A. syriaca are still a hub of insect activity in the fall. Bright red bugs congregate on the seed pods and caterpillars hide beneath the leaves. Watch this video–listen carefully for a munching sound–and see what you are missing if you don’t grow milkweed. The monarchs are missing it too.

– Video © 2018 Mary Free

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Open House at the Sunny and Quarry Shade Gardens

The Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia invite you to Tour our Gardens in Bon Air Park Sunday, October 14, 2018, 1-3 pm The Sunny Garden and The Quarry Shade Garden

Get ideas for the right plant for that special place in your yard:

  • Tour the gardens
  • Get advice from Master Gardeners
  • Programs by the VCE agent and activities for kids
  • Take home some free seeds
  • Try your luck in a plant raffle

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2018 Arlington/Alexandria Urban Agriculture Symposium Reminder

Don’t forget to register for the
2018 Arlington/Alexandria
Urban Agriculture Symposium!

2018 AAUA SymposiumOctober 5, 2018 8:30am – 3:30 pm
4000 Lorcom Lane Arlington VA 22204

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PERENNIAL: Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed)

Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed) with bee. Photo © 2018 Elaine L. Mills Meadowlark Botanical Gardens.

Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed) with bee.
Photo © 2018 Elaine L. Mills

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This stately milkweed is at home in moist habitats across much of the United States. It has flat terminal clusters of pale pink to mauve to red-violet flowers in summer, succeeded by interesting seed pods that split to release seeds on silken parachutes.

Learn more . . .

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Garden Education Box Installed in Glencarlyn Library Garden

Glencarlyn Library Community Garden Education Box

Glencarlyn Library Community Garden Education Box
Photo © 2018 Alyssa Ford Morel

By Alyssa Ford Morel, Certified Master Gardener, Certified Master Naturalist and Audubon at Home Ambassador. 

If you’ve visited Glencarlyn Library Community Garden’s back patio recently, it’s likely that you have noticed a new addition, a Garden Education box. Though it looks much like the Little Free Library boxes that have sprung up across the country in the past few years, the purpose of this one is much more specific to the garden: to provide visitors with helpful information related to gardening on an ongoing basis. Continue reading

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October 2018 Public Education Events

MGNV LogoThe following public education programs scheduled by VCE Master Gardeners in Arlington and Alexandria in October 2018 are open to all, but space may be limited.
To reserve a spot, please register online.

Register for Public Education Classes
Register for the Oct. 5 Urban Agriculture Symposium

ClassesPlant Clinics |   Wednesday Library Garden Talks


Friday, October 5, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church,
4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington 22207

2018 Arlington/Alexandria Urban Agriculture Symposium

2018 AAUA Symposium

A day of fun, food, and learning on topics ranging from urban agriculture policy and innovation to vertical gardening, indoor and rooftop farming, soil health, agriculture business development, private and public community garden management, food waste recycling, season extension, edible landscaping, and building horticulture literacy. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture. The 2018 symposium is sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension, Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, Bushel, Greenstreet Gardens, Love & Carrots, Rooftop Roots, The Fertilizer Institute, and Virginia State University.

Registration is $30 plus $2 credit card fee.
Program schedule and advance registration are online
Registration on the day of the event starts at 8 a.m.
For more information call 703-228-6414. Continue reading

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