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SHRUB: Kalmia latifolia, Mountain Laurel

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Mountain Laurel is a tall, exceptionally handsome, evergreen shrub with shiny, leathery leaves that make beautiful winter-season roping.  This native of eastern North America is one of the most beautiful native flowering shrubs … Continue reading

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Hellebores – A Gardener’s Comfort

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Hellebores – A Gardener’s Comfort

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

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Organic Fertilizers: Giving a Jump Start to New Plantings

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PERENNIAL: Monarda didyma, Scarlet Beebalm

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic This member of the Mint family, native to eastern North America, grows in dense clusters along creeks and banks, as well as in thickets and woods.  Prized by humans as an aromatic herb, … Continue reading

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Become a Master Gardener! Sign Up Now!

The 2017 Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Training is open for registration! Offered by Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), Arlington County Office, in partnership with the City of Alexandria, the VCE Master Gardener program trains participants in best management practices of gardening and landscaping techniques … Continue reading

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June 2017 Public Education Events

The following are free public education events for June 2017. Printable Flyer–MGNV June 2017 Public Education Events Printable Flyer – Garden Talks at Arlington Central Library 2017 Waterwise Gardening Monday, June 5, 7-8:30 p.m. Fairlington Community Ctr, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, … Continue reading

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Glencarlyn Library Community Garden Plant Sale

by Elaine Mills, Certified Master Gardener Gardener coordinators Paul Nuhn, Alyssa Ford Morel, Wendy Mills, and Elaine Mills, and longtime colleague and mentor Judy Funderburk want to thank the Glencarlyn community for its strong support of our recent spring plant … Continue reading

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What’s up with those Cicadas?

by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener If you think it is too early to find the exoskeletons of annual cicadas scattered along the sidewalk, then you are correct. What you see are the exoskeletons of periodical cicadas. Some of the … 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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