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Category Archives: Shade Garden
By Dina Lehman Avid gardeners spend the winter months gazing through plant catalogs, planning for changes and new additions to their gardens while eagerly awaiting the first signs of spring. The hellebore, an evergreen plant that usually reaches 15 inches … Continue reading
By Dina Lehmann-Kim, Master Gardener To any garden visitor strolling through Bon Air Park’s Shade Garden in mid-January, clumps of snowdrops would have immediately captured their attention given the backdrop of mostly barren garden beds filled with fallen brown leaves. … Continue reading
by Dina Lehmann-Kim, Master Gardener Fall on the East Coast usually conjures up the colors associated with the incredible display of the season’s changing leaves— brilliant oranges, fiery reds, and bright yellows. The Shade Garden has some of these, but … Continue reading
by Dina Lehmann-Kim, Master Gardener While the Shade Garden at Bon Air Park is host to a wide variety of plants, the stars this month are the ferns. Ferns thrive in shade and come in a range of sizes, hues, … Continue reading
by Dina Lehmann-Kim, Master Gardener On Thursday, June 2, 2016, a productive collaboration took place at the Shade Garden – a work party between Master Gardeners and the TreeStewards of Arlington/Alexandria. Two of the Shade Garden coordinators, Karen Smith and … Continue reading
by Dina Lehmann-Kim, Master Gardener When the Shade Garden held its work party April 16 to pot up plants for the Master Gardeners (MG) of Northern Virginia’s annual plant sale at Green Springs*, MG volunteers and other visitors were welcomed … Continue reading
Written by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener In early spring, the Quarry/Shade Garden is hardly shady. Before the trees have leafed out, sun streams through bare branches beckoning the ephemerals to emerge and effloresce. As the canopy thickens, light dapples flowers of … Continue reading
Written by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener Twenty-six years ago, Bon Air Park’s Quarry/Shade Garden was neither a quarry nor a garden. The 40‘ x 30’ site, once used as a quarry for inferior- grade building stone, sat idle and … Continue reading
Written by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener After one of the warmest winters on record, the March Shade Garden (pictured below) in Bon Air Park was awash in color with a parade of blooming bulbs, spring ephemerals, ornamental trees and … Continue reading
Continuing in the featured plant series, the volunteers at the Shade Garden have added the Crocus Flyer (PDF). The crocus is a perennial that grows from a corm. Typically known for their early spring bloom, there are also crocus species that produce … Continue reading