Monthly Archives: June 2016

June at Simpson Gardens

By Master Gardener Christa Watters for the Simpson Crew Each of Simpson’s many and various garden beds has its special time for looking wonderful. One of my favorite plants this time of year is a smallish tree that grows near … Continue reading

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On the Echinacea – What’s that Insect? Answers!

We wrap up pollinator week with one last challenge: can you identify the insects in the video? These hairy pollinators were buzzing around the Echinacea at Green Spring Gardens on Wednesday. Continue reading

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About . . . rlington National Cemetery Memorial Arboretum

Anyone who visits Arlington National Cemetery (more than 4 million people do so every year) knows that America’s most hallowed ground, the final resting place of more than 400,000 service members, veterans and their spouses on 624 acres, is also a sanctuary for lovers of flowers and trees. Continue reading

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On the Echinacea – What’s that Insect?

This year, June 2oth is not only the summer solstice, but the beginning of Pollinator Week, created to advance public awareness of the significant environmental benefits provided by pollinators. This is the perfect opportunity to stroll through an MGNV demonstration or other public garden to enjoy the flowers and see how many different pollinators you can find. Stop and observe pollinators in action. Notice their characteristics and behavior. But most of all, appreciate their efforts and the many benefits that they provide. Continue reading

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Master Gardeners and TreeStewards Work Together at Shade Garden

by Dina Lehmann-Kim, Master Gardener On Thursday, June 2, 2016, a productive collaboration took place at the Shade Garden – a work party between Master Gardeners and the TreeStewards of Arlington/Alexandria. Two of the Shade Garden coordinators, Karen Smith and … Continue reading

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July 2016 Public Education Events

Please join VCE Master Gardeners of Arlington/Alexandria for one of these July events! Simpson Gardens Stroll ―Tuesday, July 12, 11 a.m. to Noon 420 E. Monroe St., Alexandria 22301 (by the YMCA) Rescheduled from July 5.  VCE Master Gardeners who maintain … Continue reading

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