Category Archives: Demonstration Gardens

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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Simpson Gardens Fall Round Up 2017

Simpson’s Fall Open House took place on a warm, sunny late September Sunday with the asters and goldenrod in full bloom. We offered tours of the garden, with explanations of its history and the various beds and their purposes and seasonal strengths. Continue reading

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Sunny/Shade Garden Tour – This Sunday!

Come join us this Sunday, Oct. 1 from 2-4 pm at the Sunny & Shade Garden Tour at Bon Air Park. Continue reading

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Join us today at the Organic Vegetable Garden’s Annual Taste & Tour

Sunday, September 10  1 pm – 4 pm Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington, VA 22207 Enjoy samples from the garden and talk with Master Gardeners about growing vegetables in Northern Virginia, with a special emphasis on … Continue reading

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Summer in the Shade Garden – Shade Garden Phlox

By Dina Lehmann-Kim, Certified Master Gardener All Photos © 2017 Dina Lehmann-Kim In late July through early August, the Shade Garden at Bon Air Park features a floral display that is short-lived but spectacular nonetheless. The plant, Lycoris squamigera, also … Continue reading

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The Organic Vegetable Demonstration Garden’s Annual Taste and Tour

Sunday, September 10  1 pm – 4 pm Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington, VA 22207 Enjoy samples from the garden and talk with Master Gardeners about growing vegetables in Northern Virginia, with a special emphasis on … Continue reading

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SHRUB: Clethra alnifolia (Sweet Pepperbush, Summersweet)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Summer sweet and spicy is the pleasant fragrance of this pollinator magnate. This tall shrub, common in the Coastal Plain of the Mid-Atlantic Region, naturalizes readily in shady, damp places as well as coastal landscapes. Though … Continue reading

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Early Summer 2017 at Simpson Gardens

By Christa Watters, Certified Master Gardener  Every year reveals something different about a garden, as the changing weather patterns or the focus of the gardeners’ work emphasizes or favors some plants over others. This year at Simpson, late spring brought … Continue reading

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Creating Plant Signs for Simpson Gardens

A 2016 Master Gardener Intern Project By Susan Wilhelm, Certified Master Gardener   Kathryn Kellam and Susan Wilhelm (MGNV Class of 2016) created 25 new plant signs for the Simpson Demonstration Gardens in Alexandria as their intern project. Each sign … Continue reading

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The Square Foot Garden

By Madeleine Faust, Certified Master Gardener A stroll through the Demonstration Gardens of Glencarlyn, Simpson, and Bon Air leads one gently along the curves that define the paths and plantings. The softness and seemingly indeterminate order comfort the eye and … Continue reading

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