Category Archives: MG in the Garden

PERENNIAL: Mertensia virginica (Virginia Bluebells)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Spring has finally sprung when the pink buds of Mertensia virginica show themselves in late winter and early spring, evolving from being coiled up like a scorpion’s tail to opening to deep pink or blue … Continue reading

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Master Gardeners and the 4-H Junior Master Gardeners Program

Cultivating an interest in gardening – Volunteers welcome! by Susan Wilhem, Master Gardener Intern Basic gardening provides an exciting opportunity to help young people develop curiosity about and appreciation of gardening and the natural world.   In Arlington and Alexandria, 4-H … Continue reading

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Notes from the Organic Vegetable Garden

By Master Gardener Nancy Dowling  Satisfaction to this gardener is coming back to the Organic Vegetable Garden in March after a 4-month break and seeing beds filled with green foliage. We did absolutely nothing to this garden after we put it … Continue reading

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April Public Education Events

The following are free public education events for April 2017.  They are open to all! Printable Flyer – MGNV March 2017 Public Education Events Printable Flyer – Garden Talks at Arlington Central Library 2017 Sustainable Landscaping 3: Plant Selection, Design … Continue reading

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TREE: Amelanchier arborea (Downy Serviceberry)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Common in woodlands throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, this native provides seasonal interest from early spring blossoms through vivid fall color. Edible fruit is ready for picking early summer, but there will be fierce competition with the … Continue reading

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FERN: Osmunda cinnamomea (Cinnamon Fern)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Whether by themselves on the woodland floor or coming through shade-tolerant ornamentals, Cinnamon Fern fronds are beautiful when they unfurl in spring and then turn vibrant shades of gold and orange in fall. Fossil records date … Continue reading

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SHRUB: Callicarpa americana (American Beautyberry)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Lavender flower clusters appear on new growth on this shrub from June to August, followed by clusters of fruit in show-stopping magenta in autumn. In the Mid-Atlantic Region, American Beautyberry is reported to be native only … Continue reading

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VINE: Gelsemium sempervirens (Carolina Jessamine)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic The fragrant yellow bells of Carolina Jessamine are a sure sign of spring. A profusion of flowers appear for several months, and the glossy, oval leaves remain attractive all year. This native is at home … Continue reading

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Five things you don’t know about . . . Paula Kaufman, Master Gardener Coordinator, Virginia Cooperative Extension-Arlington-Alexandria

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia extend sincere thanks and wish happy trails to Paula, who resigned Feb. 27 after serving for MG Coordinator for nearly two years. Her last day at work is March 10, 2017, but she plans to … Continue reading

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March Public Education Events

Printable Flyer – MGNV March 2017 Public Education Events Printable Flyer – Garden Talks at Arlington Central Library 2017 Spring Lawn Care, You Can Do It!  (note that class is offered twice) Saturday, March 4, 10–11:30 am. Fairlington Community Center, … Continue reading

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