Category Archives: Public Education

Selecting Native Plants Class Rescheduled! 3/6

Sustainable Landscaping: Selecting Native Plants  RESCHEDULED! Wednesday, March 6, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Westmont Room Columbia Pike Branch Library, 816 South Walter Reed Drive, Arlington 22204 There’s a palette of plants that is just right for you and that will thrive … Continue reading

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Are You Lichen the Bark? Lichens and Mosses

In Part 3 of our series “Are You Lichen the Bark?”, Mary Free introduces us to the beauty of lichens and mosses on tree bark and other natural surfaces.
Many of her interesting photographs in this article have insets that show a magnified section of the lichen or moss, so you can really see the detail of these interesting epiphytes. Continue reading

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Are You Lichen the Bark? Five Birch Trees of the Mid-Atlantic Region

Part 2: Five Birch Trees of the Mid-Atlantic Region
Learn about five birch trees native to different areas of the mid-Atlantic region. Their uses in a cultivated landscape are varied. Those with the showiest bark shine year-round as specimen, shade, or lawn trees. Continue reading

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Urban Agriculture: Come Grow With Us!

Urban Agriculture: 2019 Winter-Spring Classes

Arlington Sessions:
2/25 (6:30-8:30 pm)
3/25, 4/9, 5/21 (7-8:30 pm)
Westover Branch Library 1644 N. McKinley Rd.
4/30 (7:00-8:30 pm)
Shirlington Branch Library 4200 Campbell Ave.

Alexandria Sessions:
2/23 (10:30 am-12:30 pm)
3/23, 4/6, 5/11 (10:30 am-12:00 pm)
Burke Branch Library 4701 Seminary Rd.
4/27 (10:30 am-12:00 pm)
Barrett Branch Library 717 Queen St.
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The Beauty of Birches

Check out the Birch Tree video featured in the January 30, 2019 article title Are You Lichen the Bark? Part 1: Beautiful Bark Continue reading

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Are You Lichen the Bark? Beautiful Bark

Part 1: Beautiful Bark
Where, beyond snow-covered landscapes, does one search in winter for wonders of the natural world? If one looks carefully at that which winter has laid bare, then the beauty of bark emerges. With no leaves to obscure the view, one can truly appreciate the varying colors, textures, and patterns of deciduous tree barks. Continue reading

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