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!

Written (and Photographed) by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener 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. One characteristic … Continue reading

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Five things to know about… Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Arboretum

by Master Gardener Marsha Mercer 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 … Continue reading

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On the Echinacea – What’s that Insect?

Written (and Photographed) by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener [Note: This is an updated and revised version of an article originally posted on June 13, 2012.] This year, June 2oth is not only the summer solstice, but the beginning of … 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 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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Zika and Mosquito Control

VCE/Master Gardeners and our local jurisdictions and  are very serious about helping our community learn the best management practices for mosquito control in light of the current Zika health crisis. Attend one of these public education sessions and keep up on … Continue reading

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The Demonstration Gardens at Simpson Park

By Master Gardener Christa Watters for the Simpson Crew May at Simpson is usually one of the most beautiful, flower-rich months, but with all the rain, things have been a bit spotty this year. Plants are blooming, but not in … Continue reading

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May @ the Organic Vegetable Garden (OVG)

 At Potomac Overlook Regional Park By Nancy Dowling, Master Gardener Please excuse me while I empty the water out of my Wellies! Geez. After 18 straight days of rain, it’s been difficult to finish planting the vegetable garden this year. … Continue reading

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