Monthly Archives: July 2017

PERENNIAL: Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Weed is one of the showiest native* wildflowers. Summer waves of orange blossoms brighten open fields, woods, and waysides. Later, spindle-shaped seed pods pierce the air in shades of green, yellow, brown. When pods split … Continue reading

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Help Desk Highlights

By Jolene Mafnas, VCE Agricultural and Natural Resources Intern Our Horticultural Help Desk receives many queries each week. Thanks to Jolene Mafnas for pulling together some of the common questions from early July and providing answers and additional resources. This … Continue reading

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Early Summer 2017 at Simpson Gardens

By Christa Watters, Certified Master Gardener  Every year reveals something different about a garden, as the changing weather patterns or the focus of the gardeners’ work emphasizes or favors some plants over others. This year at Simpson, late spring brought … Continue reading

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REGIONAL GARDENS: Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

By Elaine Mills, Certified Master Gardener Photos by Elaine Mills, Bob Kline & Jennifer Kline Summer is the perfect time to visit Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, the only national park dedicated especially to aquatic plants.  The site, located in … Continue reading

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Creating Plant Signs for Simpson Gardens

A 2016 Master Gardener Intern Project By Susan Wilhelm, Certified Master Gardener   Kathryn Kellam and Susan Wilhelm (MGNV Class of 2016) created 25 new plant signs for the Simpson Demonstration Gardens in Alexandria as their intern project. Each sign … Continue reading

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SHRUB: Itea virginica (Virginia Sweetspire)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Fragrant, showy four-inch spires of white blossoms fall from arching stems in late spring. In autumn, the leaves of Virginia Sweetspire turn a vibrant red to orange. This native* favorite has graceful open growth habit and … Continue reading

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The Square Foot Garden

By Madeleine Faust, Certified Master Gardener A stroll through the Demonstration Gardens of Glencarlyn, Simpson, and Bon Air leads one gently along the curves that define the paths and plantings. The softness and seemingly indeterminate order comfort the eye and … Continue reading

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GROUND COVER: Opuntia humifusa (Eastern Prickly Pear)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus (formerly O. compressa) is unique. Its natural habitat is in scattered pockets from Ontario, Canada, to Florida and Louisiana, rather than the Southwest. Though infrequent throughout Virginia,* it is native to Fairfax … Continue reading

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REGIONAL GARDENS: River Farm

by Elaine Mills, Certified Master Gardener A number of Master Gardeners recently had the opportunity to tour the gardens at River Farm, the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society. The 25-acre estate, located along the Potomac River in Alexandria,  Virginia,was … Continue reading

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August 2017 Public Education Events

The following are free public education events for August 2017. Garden Talk at Arlington Central Library: Food Preservation Wednesday, August 2, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201 Learn how to freeze, can, dehydrate, & … Continue reading

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