Monthly Archives: June 2017

June 2017 in the Organic Vegetable Garden

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA By Nancy Dowling, Certified Master Gardener Walking into the Organic Vegetable Garden (OVG) in early June after having been gone for nearly a month, I was amazed by the changes that had taken place … Continue reading

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TREE: Chionanthus virginicus (White Fringetree)

An appealing addition to the landscape, this native is rare in Pennsylvania and historical in Delaware’s Piedmont, but frequent to common elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Virginia Native Plant Society named White Fringetree as Wildflower of the Year in 1997. Be aware though, it also appeals to deer! Continue reading

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Lessons from the Garden

by Judy Funderburk, Certified Master Gardener Judy Funderburk, Emeritus Coordinator of the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden,  shared her wisdom at the MGNV Membership Meeting, on June 21, 2017. For those who could not attend and those who want to ponder … Continue reading

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Sunny Garden Leaves No Stones Unturned

by Joe Kelly, Certified Master Gardener Although we’ll never stop adding new plants and moving others, the Sunny Garden’s multi-year renovation is finally coming to a close. Right now, the late-spring bloom peak has brought a burst of colors, thanks … Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Baptisia australis, Blue Wild Indigo

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Baptisia is a bold plant that in early spring produces multiple stems of beautiful gray-green foliage.  By mid-spring the foliage is topped by 1- to 2-foot flowering spikes that are a magnificent blue … Continue reading

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Five Annuals for a Pollinator Garden

by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds gravitate to gardens that bloom throughout the growing season and that contain an abundance of the same plant species as well as a diversity of species of … Continue reading

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About . . . Annuals

by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener Unlike perennials, which live for more than two years, annual plants sprout, bloom, produce seeds, and die in a single growing season. If the garden was a stage, perennials would be the leads and … Continue reading

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Become a Master Gardener! Sign Up Now!

The 2017 Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Training is open for registration! Offered by Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), Arlington County Office, in partnership with the City of Alexandria, the VCE Master Gardener program trains participants in best management practices of gardening and landscaping techniques … Continue reading

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VINE: Bignonia capreolata, Crossvine

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic This semi-evergreen vine can cling to stone, brick, and wood without support. Found in forests and along roadsides mainly in the South,* its showy, two-tone flowers are an early nectar source … Continue reading

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July 2017 Public Education Events

  Mosquitoes and Ticks:  Identification and Control Monday, July 10, 7-8:30pm, Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St., Alexandria 22314 In this fascinating presentation, you will learn the science of how to best control mosquitos and ticks and keep them away … Continue reading

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