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Invasive Plant Factsheet: Periwinkle (Vinca Minor)

2020 Invasive Plant Factsheet: Periwinkle (Vinca minor)

Unfortunately still commonly sold as a ground cover, this trailing vine can escape cultivation and spread rapidly into natural areas. It is classified as invasive throughout the eastern United States, including Arlington and Alexandria. Continue reading

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Welcome HERB Gardeners! 

Welcome Herb Gardeners to the Spring supplement to the monthly newsletter, Between the Rows: A Guide to Vegetable Gardening.
This guide provides additional information on growing and using garden herbs. Continue reading

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GROUND COVER: Chrysogonum virginianum (Green-and-Gold)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This low, spreading ground cover forms a star-studded mat of velvety foliage that is as attractive at the front of a formal border as it is in a naturalistic setting. In the Mid-Atlantic Region,* it is mostly found in Virginia, where it is common in the Piedmont and lower mountains. Continue reading

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Nature is a Respite during Disconcerting Times

Spring is a season of hope and renewal and yet we find ourselves battling together, in isolation, an unseen enemy–coronavirus or COVID-19. Staying home, does not necessarily mean staying indoors and physically distancing ourselves from one another does not mean distancing ourselves from nature. Continue reading

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