Celebrate National Gardening Week by taking a virtual tour of eight gardens maintained by Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia and six public gardens in the Washington metropolitan area to see examples of good gardening techniques and gain inspiration for your own home landscape. Extension Master Gardener Elaine Mills, a coordinator at the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden in Arlington, Virginia, showcases best management practices and design concepts employed by her fellow demonstration garden leaders in a wide variety of settings
The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) in Washington, DC marked its 200th anniversary in 2020. Then, in February of this year, the USBG opened a two-part major exhibition, “Deeply Rooted, Branching Outward,” giving visitors an opportunity to examine historic images of the garden and learn about plant exploration through the years, as well as to discover how the garden works today. Unfortunately, celebratory events planned for the anniversary have been cancelled because of the pandemic restrictions. Learn more about the garden through this informative article.
This October marks the 50th anniversary of Green Spring Gardens, a public park in nearby Fairfax County, Virginia, whose landscaping and educational programs focus on practical horticultural techniques appropriate for home gardeners in the Washington, DC area. The Gardens had originally scheduled a large celebration to mark the milestone but the in-person event has been postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, learn all about this local treasure in this informative article by Extension Master Gardener Elaine Mills.
Holiday lights make winter gardens glow - learn about four regional gardens with holiday light shows.
Here's part 2 of Elaine Mills' journey to southern gardens, in both Georgia and North Carolina. Enjoy some of the unusual natives she discovered on her trip there.
Join Extension Master Gardener Elaine Mills on her recent trip to North Carolina and Georgia as she explored four public gardens and gained new knowledge about native plants, some indigenous to the Mid-Atlantic and others to the Southeast.
Explore Winterthur Garden through the eyes of Extension Master Gardener Elaine Mills. Winterthur is an excellent destination for a day trip or weekend away from Northern Virginia. The former estate of Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969), a horticulturalist and renowned collector of antiques, houses an important collection of Americana and features 60 acres of formal and naturalistic gardens.
Learn more about the wonderful Norfolk Botanical Gardens. Part II of our series includes information on their themed mini-gardens, children's garden and statuary.
By Elaine Mills, Extension Master Gardener Photos by Elaine Mills, Bob Kline & Alyssa Ford Morel Anyone planning a trip to coastal Virginia or the Carolinas may want to include …
This in-depth article, on The Meadow Garden at Longwood Gardens, is another in our Regional Gardens series, written by certified Extension Master Gardener, Elaine Mills.
Anyone who visits Arlington National Cemetery (more than 4 million people do so every year) knows that America’s most hallowed ground, the final resting place of more than 400,000 service members, veterans and their spouses on 624 acres, is also a sanctuary for lovers of flowers and trees.
Regional Gardens: Chanticleer Garden
Chanticleer Garden, located in Wayne, Pennsylvania, about a three-hour drive from northern Virginia, is a wonderful destination for gardeners and non-gardeners alike. With its stately buildings, broad lawns, and wide vistas, Chanticleer Garden (Chanticleer) retains the feel of the private estate it once was, while serving as a demonstration garden with more than 5,000 plants.
By Elaine Mills, Certified Master Gardener Photos by Elaine Mills, Bob Kline & Jennifer Kline Summer is the perfect time to visit Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, the only national …
Text by Elaine Mills, Certified Master Gardener Photos by Elaine Mills & Bob Kline The United States National Arboretum, established in 1927 by an Act of Congress, defines its function …
This 95-acre property, operated by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA), features a wide variety of planted beds, three lakes, four gazebos, and special plant collections, which are linked by multiple walking paths and surrounded by lovely forested hills. Numerous benches and seats are located throughout the garden, allowing visitors to relax and enjoy both garden details and panoramic views.