Category Archives: Public Education

Five Annuals for a Pollinator Garden

by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds gravitate to gardens that bloom throughout the growing season and that contain an abundance of the same plant species as well as a diversity of species of … Continue reading

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About . . . Annuals

by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener Unlike perennials, which live for more than two years, annual plants sprout, bloom, produce seeds, and die in a single growing season. If the garden was a stage, perennials would be the leads and … Continue reading

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Two Of My Gardening Book ‘Favs’

By Judy Funderburk, Certified Master Gardener Without a doubt, Tracy DiSabato-Aust’s The Well-Tended Perennial Garden is the most useful book I own and, to my mind, one of the most helpful “tools” a gardener can have at hand. Originally published … Continue reading

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The Meyer Lemon as Houseplant

By Christa Watters, Certified Master Gardener Last fall I harvested five beautiful Meyer lemons from a potted dwarf lemon tree I had received as a Christmas present in 2015. Along with the plant came a handsome, generously large pot and … Continue reading

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Organic Fertilizers: Giving a Jump Start to New Plantings

By Kirsten Conrad, Agriculture Natural Resource Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension Organic Sources of Nitrogen Fertilizers    Most of the soil test results we receive at the  VCE Horticultural Help Desk for vegetable gardens are high in phosphorus and potassium … 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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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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Five Things You Didn’t Know About . . . Bonsai

Compiled by Marsha Mercer, Certified Master Gardener In honor of World Bonsai Day on May 12, we looked into the history and art of bonsai. You may know the proper pronunciation is “bones-eye” or “bone-sigh,” but did you know the … Continue reading

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Alexandria Earth Day

Master Gardener Silvia Boada-Salom organized a contingent of MGNV volunteers to staff a table at this year’s Alexandria Earth Day celebration, held at Lenny Harris Memorial Fields at Braddock Park on Mt. Vernon Ave., on Saturday, April 29, from 10 … 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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