Monthly Archives: November 2015

The Long View – Meditations on Gardening (The Thing About Gardeners)

Gardening strikes me as the perfect metaphor for life. Everything goes swimmingly well for a while, then adversity strikes and we need to plod through it until we’ve solved the problem or survived the crisis or found a new pathway. Continue reading

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Master Gardeners’ Bookshelf – Smithsonian Encyclopedia of Garden Plants for Every Location

Members of the 2015 Master Gardener training class and proctors supporting the class recently had the opportunity to hear a presentation by Smithsonian horticulturist James Gagliardi on herbaceous plant selection and usage. Those who were not able to attend the lecture can still benefit from his knowledge in a book to which he was a major contributor. Smithsonian Encyclopedia of Garden Plants for Every Location, a 2014 Dorling Kindersley publication, features information on over 3,000 plants. Continue reading

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The Long View – Meditations on Gardening (A Venture in Guerrilla Gardening)

Not all gardeners have big plots. So sometimes we just exploit what’s nearby. It’s a bit iffy, but taking a little risk and adding a dollop of luck and patience, some digging and weeding and a mix of bought and donated plants can pay off. Witness the former parking lot island near my town house. It used to be a dog- and sun-seared plot of weedy grass that never looked good after the first green flush of spring. Continue reading

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Designing the Sustainable Landscape

Saturday, November 14, Designing the Sustainable Landscape, 9 a.m. to noon, Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington 22206. Learn the best management practices of sustainable landscapes—using native plants, making the most of available water, building soil health and reducing maintenance. Arlington County VCE Agent Kirsten Conrad Buhls and Master Gardeners of Arlington and Alexandria will cover the basics of sustainable landscapes and answer questions about individual garden management challenges. Free and open to the public.Register at mgnv.org. Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or send an email to mgarlalex.org. Continue reading

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