Monthly Archives: December 2016

SHRUB: Ilex verticillata (Winterberry Holly)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic This native deciduous holly produces prodigious quantities of plump, red, berry-like fruit (called drupes), which decorate the plant from mid-fall into early spring. ‘Red Sprite,’ a female dwarf cultivar, needs the services of the … Continue reading

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TREE: Taxodium distichum (Bald Cypress)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Found along wet stream banks, swamps, and river bottoms, Bald Cypress has a root system, which often produces irregular structures called “knees” that rise above the ground or water’s surface. The tree is referred to as … Continue reading

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Caring for your LIVE Christmas Tree

By Kirsten Conrad Buhls, Extension Agent for Arlington County and the City of Alexandria Helping your tree survive its time indoors is a high priority for those who spend money on a live tree with the intention of replanting it … Continue reading

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SHRUB: Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic It is in autumn that the twisted, spider-like, fragrant flowers of the species of Hamamelis illuminate the landscape in pale yellow. The Virginia Native Plant Society named Witch Hazel as Wildflower of the … Continue reading

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January Public Education Events

The following events are scheduled by VCE Master Gardeners in Arlington and Alexandria in January. Printable Flyer Microgreens: What Are They, Why They Are So Fabulous, and How to Grow Them Tuesday, January 10, 7 – 8 p.m. Fairlington Community Center, 3308 … Continue reading

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Watering New Plantings in Winter

Written by Master Gardener Joyce Hylton and edited by Extension Agent Kirsten Buhls As we go into the colder temperatures of the year, a very important concern now is water.  Our recent rains notwithstanding, this area has received very little … Continue reading

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Welcome, Master Gardener Class of 2016!

by Kirsten Conrad Buhls, Agriculture Natural Resource Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension The MG Intern class of 2016 is 28 strong.  All graduated with flying colors on November 15th in a ceremony that included the Mayor of Alexandria Allison Silberberg.  We are so … Continue reading

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GROUND COVER: Mitchella repens (Partridgeberry)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Partridgeberry is a sweet trailing plant with shiny rounded evergreen leaves with a distinctive stripe down the mid-vein.  The paired snow-white tubular flowers have four fringed petals that form half-inch stars in summer. More … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season — A Meditation on Wonder

By Judy Funderburk, Master Gardener “Our aliveness depends on our ability to sustain wonder.” This quote from my daily meditation book, The Book of Awakening, by Mark Nepo, rings true to me. I immediately think of Rachel Carson whose book … Continue reading

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TREE: Acer rubrum (Red Maple)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic The Red Maple tolerates the widest variety of soil conditions of any North American forest species.  Its leaves turn brilliant scarlet, orange, and yellow in the fall, making it a popular ornamental tree. … Continue reading

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