Celebrate National Pollinator Week and the first day of summer at Bon Air Park. On June 21, 2014, the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (MGNV) in cooperation with the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) and Arlington County will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Quarry/Shade Garden. This Garden offers an inviting habitat in a variably shady area for pollinators and other wildlife (and people too!) with over 80 different native perennials, ferns, shrubs and trees in addition to a lesser number of non-native plants.
In the Quarry/Shade Garden and in the demonstration Sunny Garden, Master Gardeners will offer tours between 10 am and 2 pm. In the Ornamental Tree Garden, TreeStewards will conduct tree walks at 10:30 am and at 12:30 pm. In the Memorial Rose Garden, the Arlington Rose Foundation will be on hand to answer questions. Under the big tents, exhibitors include Arlington 4-H/Junior Master Gardeners, Arlington Regional Master Naturalists, Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, Beekeepers Association of Northern Virginia, MGNV and VCE. They will feature pollinators, sustainable gardening, environmental stewardship and fun and informative activities. For example, children will enjoy trying on beekeeping paraphernalia and getting temporary tattoos of pollinators. Other exhibits will showcase the 100th anniversary of VCE, “Tried-and-True Plants” that thrive in the Mid-Atlantic and benefit local wildlife and the Monarch Waystation in nearby Bluemont Park that has been newly certified by MonarchWatch. [Master Gardener Interns developed the Waystation over the last six months transforming what looked like an overgrown dirt patch into a flourishing Bird and Butterfly Garden. They also will be available in Bluemont Park on June 21st to answer questions about this new pollinator habitat.]
Bon Air Park is located at 850 North Lexington Street, just off of Wilson Boulevard. Limited parking is available on site. For walkers and bicyclists, the Washington and Old Dominion Trail parallels the Park. Metrobus 1A runs from the Vienna Station and the Ballston-MU Station. There is no admission charge to the Park and all activities are free to the public. Tours, exhibits and other activities will be offered between 10 am and 2 pm.