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The Greening Time

The best way to get in touch with what is greening is to take a walk outside. The six demonstration gardens maintained by the MGNV in Arlington and Alexandria are open to the public, so visitors can go and observe the varying stages of new spring growth. Throughout our area, trees are budding, birds are returning or passing in migration, opossums and salamanders are reviving from their winter’s sleep, even though spring doesn’t come officially until mid-March. Continue reading

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FERN: Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern)

This week’s Tried and True Plant for the Mid-Atlantic is the beautiful and impressive Ostrich Fern. Continue reading

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Garden Musings: Unexpected Gift

Enjoy another entry in our series of short form thoughts on gardening and gardeners.
If you have something to say in 300 words or less, poem or prose, send it to us at socialmedia@mgnv.org. Continue reading

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GRASS: Panicum virgatum (Switchgrass)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Once the dominant species of the North American tallgrass prairie, this warm-season grass is noted for the open, airy appearance of its seed heads and the multi-season interest of its foliage.  In addition to its use as an ornamental, Switchgrass is also utilized for soil conservation and as a biomass crop. Continue reading

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