Monthly Archives: July 2017

Meet Jolene Mafnas, the 2017 Summer Intern

Jolene Mafnas, our 2017 Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) summer intern, is a senior at William & Mary studying public health and environmental science policy. Jolene’s focus is sustainability. Last fall she began a William & Mary Dining Service sustainability internship. Jolene says her passion is sustainability, and as a sustainability intern, she has worked on a farm that grows food for the William & Mary Dining Services, helped manage the dining hall composting site, supported recycling, and promoted healthy eating. Continue reading

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SHRUB: Clethra alnifolia (Sweet Pepperbush, Summersweet)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Summer sweet and spicy is the pleasant fragrance of this pollinator magnate. This tall shrub, common in the Coastal Plain of the Mid-Atlantic Region, naturalizes readily in shady, damp places as well as coastal landscapes. Though … Continue reading

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Help Desk Highlights, Vol. 2

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 and providing answers and additional resources. This edition focuses on: Anthracnose … Continue reading

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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, Vol. 1

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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