Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Master Gardeners’ Bookshelf – Two Of My Gardening Book ‘Favs’

Master Gardener Judy Funderburk reviews two of her favorite gardening books: Tracy DiSabato-Aust’s The Well-Tended Perennial Garden and The Homeowner’s Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook by Penelope O’Sullivan . Continue reading

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The Meyer Lemon as Houseplant

By Christa Watters, Certified Master Gardener Last fall I harvested five beautiful Meyer lemons from a potted dwarf lemon tree I had received as a Christmas present in 2015. Along with the plant came a handsome, generously large pot and … Continue reading

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SHRUB: Kalmia latifolia, Mountain Laurel

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Mountain Laurel is a tall, exceptionally handsome, evergreen shrub with shiny, leathery leaves that make beautiful winter-season roping.  This native of eastern North America is one of the most beautiful native flowering shrubs … Continue reading

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Regional Gardens: The United States National Arboretum

Text by Elaine Mills, Certified Master Gardener Photos by Elaine Mills & Bob Kline The United States National Arboretum, established in 1927 by an Act of Congress, defines its function as “a living museum where trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants … Continue reading

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Hellebores – A Gardener’s Comfort

By Dina Lehman Avid gardeners spend the winter months gazing through plant catalogs, planning for changes and new additions to their gardens while eagerly awaiting the first signs of spring. The hellebore, an evergreen plant that usually reaches 15 inches … Continue reading

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Organic Fertilizers: Giving a Jump Start to New Plantings

By Kirsten Conrad, Agriculture Natural Resource Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension Organic Sources of Nitrogen Fertilizers    Most of the soil test results we receive at the  VCE Horticultural Help Desk for vegetable gardens are high in phosphorus and potassium … Continue reading

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