From the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden
General Gardening Information
Elaine’s Horticultural Matchmaking Services
Pairing Two Great Native Plants with Elaine Mills
Caring for Cannas with Paul Nuhn
Maintaining Cannas in the fall and preparing them for winter storage
Cutting Back Hellebores & Epimedium in Spring with Judy Funderburk
Learn the best way to cut back Hellebores and Epimedium to have them look their best in spring.
Getting to Know Beautyberries with Elaine Mills
Learn about non-native Japanese Beautyberry (Callicarpa japonica) vs. our native American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana).
Identifying Plants with Elaine Mills
Take a tour of Extension Master Gardener Elaine Mills’ own garden and learn basic plant identification skills.
Planting Saffron Crocus with Alyssa Ford Morel
Details on purchasing, planting, and harvesting saffron from Crocus sativus.
Three Native Vines with Alyssa Ford Morel
A closer look at three great native vines to grow in Northern Virginia.
Winter Weeds with Judy Funderburk
Learn how to identify some common winter weeds and how best to remove them.
Beautiful Plants – Enjoy glimpses of native plants that grow well in the Mid-Atlantic region.
While most of the videos brought to you by the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden have a science-based, instructional focus, the series on “Beautiful Native Plants” was created to simply celebrate the ornamental characteristics of many species that are either native to the Mid-Atlantic region or are environmentally friendly and grow well here. Based on a personal library of still photos and a few video clips, each presentation introduces viewers to around a dozen plants, providing scientific and common names and illustrating their full forms as well as details of buds, flowers, and foliage through the seasons. The videos are designed to be viewed with audio on to provide a background of music and the sounds of nature. You are invited to fall in love with beautiful native plants.
Ferns, Sedges & Grasses
Shrubs with Outstanding Flowers
Shrubs with Outstanding Fruit
The Stars of Winter
Invasive Plant Videos
The Glencarlyn Library Community Garden coordinators are creating a new series of short videos about locally invasive plants and native alternatives. This series looks at individual invasive plants, discussing how to remove them and suggesting native plants to consider as replacements. We will be sharing these videos as well as additional resources on our website every month.
- Dealing with invasive plants is a challenge which is complicated by confusion about exactly what an invasive is. More than a weed or a plant that spreads too much, invasiveness was defined in 1999 by Executive Order 13112, and amended in Executive Order 13751 in 2016. The 2016 order has the following definitions:
- ‘Invasive species’ means, with regard to a particular ecosystem, a non-native organism whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm, or harm to human, animal, or plant health.
- ‘Non-native species’ or ‘alien species’ means, with respect to a particular ecosystem, an organism, including its seeds, eggs, spores, or other biological material capable of propagating that species, that occurs outside of its natural range.