Category Archives: Simpson Gardens

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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Simpson Gardens in May – Open House Draws Bird Lovers

By Christa Watters, Certified Master Gardener Simpson Gardens work parties began on March 7 this year, but in a hit or miss Tuesday pattern with a couple of rescheduled dates because of rain-outs. We have drawn interns from the fall … Continue reading

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Simpson Strolls

Learn about our wonderful Simpson Park Gardens! Join us at the Monthly stroll- we look forward to seeing your there.

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The Long View – Meditations on Gardening (Preparing for Winter – a Satisfying Task)

Occasional essays by Christa Watters, Master Gardener Preparing for Winter – a Satisfying Task In these darkest days of winter, as we wait for the light to spiral back upwards from its nadir at the Winter Solstice, the garden is … Continue reading

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High Summer at Simpson Gardens

By Master Gardener Christa Watters for the Simpson Crew We’ve survived a long siege of fairly relentless heat this summer as July brought day after day of 90-degrees and higher, with humidity also pushing the limits. Some plants love the … Continue reading

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June at Simpson Gardens

By Master Gardener Christa Watters for the Simpson Crew Each of Simpson’s many and various garden beds has its special time for looking wonderful. One of my favorite plants this time of year is a smallish tree that grows near … Continue reading

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The Demonstration Gardens at Simpson Park

By Master Gardener Christa Watters for the Simpson Crew May at Simpson is usually one of the most beautiful, flower-rich months, but with all the rain, things have been a bit spotty this year. Plants are blooming, but not in … Continue reading

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View from the Simpson Gardens

Looking back at April April is the month of growth in our garden. Not so much is in flower right now. The joys of the spring bulbs are mostly past, and May’s glorious burst of bloom is yet to come. Still, look … Continue reading

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The Long View – Meditations on Gardening (The Thing About Gardeners)

Gardening strikes me as the perfect metaphor for life. Everything goes swimmingly well for a while, then adversity strikes and we need to plod through it until we’ve solved the problem or survived the crisis or found a new pathway. Continue reading

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