Category Archives: MG in the Garden

SHRUB: Vaccinium corymbosum (Northern) Highbush Blueberry

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Neighborhood Champions Grow Stronger Communities

In 2016, Joan McIntyre, then a recently certified Master Gardener with the Arlington/Alexandria unit of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), had an idea for an innovative program. Many of her colleagues regularly shared gardening information with their neighbors on an informal basis, but she envisioned expanding the organization’s public education outreach through a more formalized collaboration of Neighborhood Champions.

These individuals would be Extension Master Gardeners (EMGs) who volunteered to share their horticultural knowledge through neighborhood listservs, newsletters, Facebook groups, or Nextdoor, the hyperlocal social networking service. They might also lead events and activities, such as garden open houses, presentations to civic associations, or community-wide gardening projects. Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Solidago rugosa (Rough-Stemmed Goldenrod)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Golden sprays of flowers brighten the garden from late summer to frost, supporting 115 species of moths, butterflies, native bees, and other insect pollinators.  Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Chelone glabra (White Turtlehead)

This week’s Tried and True selection is the perennial Chelone glabra (White Turtlehead). Its white tubular Snapdragon-like flowers are said to resemble turtle heads. Don’t miss the fun video, “Bee Bottoms and Turtleheads” by Mary Free . . . Continue reading

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