Category Archives: Demonstration Gardens

Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamot) with Pollinators

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Have you seen any of these pollinators in your garden? Enjoy this great video from Mary Free featuring a variety of pollinators visiting Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot), at the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden on … Continue reading

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Unusual ‘Accents’ in the Shade Garden

The Shade Garden at Bon Air Park in Arlington is one of the smallest of the demonstration gardens maintained by the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. Located off Wilson Boulevard at 850 N. Lexington St., the garden hosts nearly 100 different plant varieties, a few of which may be unfamiliar, if not unusual, to visitors. Learn about three of the unusual plants in the garden. Continue reading

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Spring Beauty or Beast?

When spring finally arrived in the DC metro area, a rather showy groundcover had already made its presence known – lesser celandine or Ranunculus ficaria.
Despite its visual appeal, this groundcover is highly invasive. Continue reading

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Simpson Gardens Tuesday Strolls

Come to our monthly garden strolls at Simpson Demonstration Gardens. On the second Tuesday of each month of the growing season, 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the Master Gardener volunteers will be in the gardens to answer questions and provide information on sustainable gardening. Continue reading

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Spring Ephemerals in the Shade, Part 2

By Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener Originally posted April 2012 Continued from Ephemerals in the Shade Garden – Part 1, featuring bulbs, corms and trilliums. Although Bon Air Park’s Shade Garden is home to spring flowers in a variety of … Continue reading

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Spring Ephemerals in the Shade, Part 1

If you have planted daffodils or crocuses, then you have grown ephemerals. Bulbs and corms produce a succession of colorful blooms from January to May. Once they complete their display, they retreat and rest underground until the next spring. . . . In the United States, though, the term “spring ephemerals” usually refers to native North American wildflowers whose natural habitat is a deciduous forest. Continue reading

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