Monthly Archives: February 2017

SHRUB: Callicarpa americana (American Beautyberry)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Lavender flower clusters appear on new growth on this shrub from June to August, followed by clusters of fruit in show-stopping magenta in autumn. In the Mid-Atlantic Region, American Beautyberry is reported to be native only … Continue reading

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VINE: Gelsemium sempervirens (Carolina Jessamine)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic The fragrant yellow bells of Carolina Jessamine are a sure sign of spring. A profusion of flowers appear for several months, and the glossy, oval leaves remain attractive all year. This native is at home … Continue reading

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Five things you don’t know about . . . Paula Kaufman, Master Gardener Coordinator, Virginia Cooperative Extension-Arlington-Alexandria

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia extend sincere thanks and wish happy trails to Paula, who resigned Feb. 27 after serving for MG Coordinator for nearly two years. Her last day at work is March 10, 2017, but she plans to … Continue reading

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March Public Education Events

Printable Flyer – MGNV March 2017 Public Education Events Printable Flyer – Garden Talks at Arlington Central Library 2017 Spring Lawn Care, You Can Do It!  (note that class is offered twice) Saturday, March 4, 10–11:30 am. Fairlington Community Center, … Continue reading

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TREE: Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Red Cedar)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Eastern Red Cedar’s dense foliage provides excellent roosting and nesting cover for birds. Besides being a favorite wildlife food, the fruit gives gin its characteristic flavor. This long-lived juniper, which is native to eastern North America, … Continue reading

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The Long View – Meditations on Gardening

One of a series of occasional essays by Christa Watters. Certified Master Gardener Color and Texture Sustain the Winter Garden It’s not all bleak out there, not even in our gardens. If we’ve planted wisely and well, plant life continues … Continue reading

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SHRUB: Physocarpus opulifolius (Ninebark)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic This drought-tolerant, adaptable shrub is found in open woods, lake shores, stream banks, and rock outcroppings.  Its papery bark continually molts in thin strips, revealing multiple layers of reddish to light brown inner … Continue reading

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