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March 2019 Public Education Events

March 2019 Public Education Events are open to all, but space may be limited so be sure to register online.
This month’s offerings include:
*Plot Against Hunger Spring Garden Kick-Off: Growing Food for Our Neighbors in Need;
*Spring Lawn Care and Turf Alternatives;
*Wintertime Woody Plant Pruning (limited space, please register in advance);
*Native Plants for Shade Gardens
*Small Space Gardening Techniques; and
*Small Space Gardening for Pollinators

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VINE: Gelsemium sempervirens (Carolina Jessamine)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

The fragrant yellow bells of Carolina Jessamine vine are a sure sign of spring.  Continue reading

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Are You Lichen the Bark? Five Birch Trees of the Mid-Atlantic Region

Part 2: Five Birch Trees of the Mid-Atlantic Region
Learn about five birch trees native to different areas of the mid-Atlantic region. Their uses in a cultivated landscape are varied. Those with the showiest bark shine year-round as specimen, shade, or lawn trees. Continue reading

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Between the Rows – February Edition

Welcome veggie gardeners! 
It’s time to check out the February VCE Garden Guide for vegetable and herb gardening! Continue reading

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Urban Agriculture: Come Grow With Us!

Urban Agriculture: 2019 Winter-Spring Classes

Arlington Sessions:
2/25 (6:30-8:30 pm)
3/25, 4/9, 5/21 (7-8:30 pm)
Westover Branch Library 1644 N. McKinley Rd.
4/30 (7:00-8:30 pm)
Shirlington Branch Library 4200 Campbell Ave.

Alexandria Sessions:
2/23 (10:30 am-12:30 pm)
3/23, 4/6, 5/11 (10:30 am-12:00 pm)
Burke Branch Library 4701 Seminary Rd.
4/27 (10:30 am-12:00 pm)
Barrett Branch Library 717 Queen St.
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SHRUB: Callicarpa americana (American Beauty-berry)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

The aptly named Beauty-berry has lavender flower clusters that appear on new growth from June to August, followed by clusters of fruit in show-stopping magenta in autumn. Continue reading

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