Monthly Archives: July 2019

Insects Make My Food and . . .

Recent studies are documenting dramatic declines in the number and diversity of insects around the world. Entomologists, ecologists, and other scientists are expressing shock at the speed and scope of these losses, and they are pointing to these steep declines as a sign of broader ecosystem collapse. Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Rudbeckia hirta (Black-Eyed Susan)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Although a number of plants share the common name Black-eyed Susan, it is Rudbeckia hirta, which was designated the “Floral Emblem” of Maryland in 1918. Continue reading

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Raised Bed and Container Gardening for Seniors

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (MGNV) is pairing with Arlington County’s Langston-Brown Community and Senior Center (LBCC), 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington, Virginia 22207 to assist seniors in planting and maintaining container gardens for vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Pycnanthemum muticum (Short-toothed/Clustered Mountain-mint)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
The flowers of mountain mint may be unassuming, but their nectar enticed the greatest number and diversity of pollinators out of 86 native species and nativars monitored by Penn State Extension and Master Gardeners over a 3-year period. Showy, silvery bracts accent the flower clusters and the foliage exudes a strong minty aroma when crushed. Continue reading

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