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Garden Myth Busters! Using Bleach to Disinfect Tools

By Rachel Vecchio, Master Gardener 2016 Intern and Libby Good, Certified Master Gardener THE MYTH: The best way to disinfect pruning tools is to use a bleach solution. THE REALITY: A common and much-debated garden myth is that a chlorine … Continue reading

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The New Flora of Virginia Mobile App

By Elaine Mills, Certified Master Gardener Last spring, while perusing the Winter 2017 issue of Sempervirens, the quarterly publication of the Virginia Native Plant Society, I came across a short article announcing plans for a mobile app version of the … Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Solidago rugosa (Rough-Stemmed Goldenrod)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Golden sprays of flowers brighten the garden from late summer to frost, supporting 115 species of moths, butterflies, native bees, and other insect pollinators.  Continue reading

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View From the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden

AutumnFest was celebrated in the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, a Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia/Virginia Cooperative Extension (MGNV/VCE) demonstration garden in Arlington Virginia, with a feast of pumpkins, people, and plants. On Sunday, September 17th, a beautiful late-summer/fall day, Master Gardeners and Interns were delighted to welcome over 225 visitors. Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Vernonia noveboracensis (New York Ironweed)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Fluffy deep purple blooms atop 8-foot tall sturdy stalks draw bees and butterflies from mid-summer into fall. Continue reading

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TREE: Magnolia virginiana (Sweetbay Magnolia)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Lovely, lemon-scented, cup-shaped flowers appear mid-spring and bloom intermittently throughout the summer, followed in the fall by showy conelike fruit. Continue reading

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Monarch Butterfly About to Take Off!

The Carlin Hall Preschool children gathered round their teacher, Carly Moser, to release the Monarch butterfly they had nurtured in their classroom through all its wondrous stages. Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Eutrochium dubium (Eastern or Coastal Joe-Pye Weed)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
This more diminutive Joe Pye Weed is native to the eastern coastal plain and can be found in swamps, shores, and wet meadows. Continue reading

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Master Gardener Tribute Bench & Garden Dedication Ceremony

by Peter Hickman, Certified Master Gardener  & 2017 President of MGNV The idea for the Master Gardener Tribute Bench and Garden originated as a way to honor Mary Newton. Mary served as MGNV President fifteen years ago. It was a … Continue reading

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November 2017 Public Education Events

The following are free public education events offered by VCE for November 2017. Holiday and Winter Containers (Note that the class is offered twice) Wednesday, November 1, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206  … Continue reading

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