Monthly Archives: February 2018

Meet the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden Coordinators

The Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, one of the demonstration gardens maintained by Master Gardener volunteers and interns from the Arlington/Alexandria unit of Virginia Cooperative Extension, is now under the leadership of five coordinators: Paul Nuhn, Alyssa Ford Morel, Wendy Mills, Elaine Mills (not a relation), and Judy Funderburk. Continue reading

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Edible Flowers in the Vegetable Garden

When I plan a vegetable plot, I always include flowers. You might think that this would take needed space from the vegetables, but I argue that the flowers will pay you back handsomely. For one thing, they attract pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects during the growing period. Also, many flowers are edible, so one could argue that they earn their keep twice over. . . . Continue reading

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The Sphinx That Lives Among Us

Here’s an example of a creature so well-camouflaged that its sighting is indeed a surprise. The Pandorus sphinx moth (Eumorpha pandorus) has coloration and behaviors that often keep its presence secret or disguised. 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 bark. Continue reading

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