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 back 75-180 million years. This versatile, easy to grow fern is still found frequently to commonly throughout much of the Mid-Atlantic Region.

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SHRUB: Callicarpa americana (American Beautyberry)

American Beautyberry

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 in Virginia’s south and central Coastal Plain.

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VINE: Gelsemium sempervirens (Carolina Jessamine)

Gelsemium sempervirens

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 from Guatemala north to the southeastern United States. It is South Carolina’s state flower.

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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 volunteering as a Master Gardener, so look for her in the gardens and at events.

Paula Kaufman in the garden

Photo © Judy Funderburk

If you’re a Master Gardener of Northern Virginia, have attended an MGNV public education event, worked in an MGNV garden or stopped by the VCE office at Fairlington Community Center, you’ve probably met Paula Kaufman. She’s seemingly everywhere. 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)

lawn closeupSaturday, March 4, 10–11:30 am.
Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206 OR

Tuesday, March 7, 7-8:30 pm.
Westover Library,
1644 N McKinley Rd #3, Arlington 22205

Have the healthiest lawn in your neighborhood! Learn what you can do now to improve and maintain your lawn. We will discuss the best types of grasses for our area, specific springtime turf management practices, nutrient management and soil testing, and basic pest and disease management.

Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com. Continue reading

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TREE: Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Red Cedar)

Juniperus virginiana

Photo © Mary Free

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Eastern Red Cedar’s dense foliage provides excellent roosting and nesting cover for birds. Besides being a favorite wildlife food, the fruit gives gin its characteristic flavor. This long-lived juniper, which is native to eastern North America, was prized by Virginia colonists for its wood. Today, its wood is favored as a closet/chest lining and oils are distilled for use in fragrances.

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The Long View – Meditations on Gardening

One of a series of occasional essays by Christa Watters. Certified Master Gardener

Color and Texture Sustain the Winter Garden

Lavender

Lavender

It’s not all bleak out there, not even in our gardens. If we’ve planted wisely and well, plant life continues even in this chilly, dank and gloomy season. Evergreen plants that in summer deliver masses of color can also provide winter interest through their foliage. Lavender, for example, has no showy purple flower heads in winter, but the feathery gray-green foliage catches the eye and softens the aspect of otherwise bare beds.

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SHRUB: Physocarpus opulifolius (Ninebark)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This drought-tolerant, adaptable shrub is found in open woods, lake shores, stream banks, and rock outcroppings.  Its papery bark continually molts in thin strips, revealing multiple layers of reddish to light brown inner bark.

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GRASS: Chasmanthium latifolium (Northern Sea Oats)

Chasmanthium latifolium, Northern/Inland/River Sea Oats

Photo © Mary Free

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This beautiful, tall woodland grass grows in upright clumps and produces fresh green leaves that are held perpendicular at intervals on stiff, wiry culms (hollow stems). Spangled over drooping culms that stand well above the foliage, the eye-catching oat-like seed heads rustle and shimmer in the breeze.

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New Free Public Education Series on Sustainable Landscaping

Library Street Front GardenThe MGNV Public Education Committee is proud to announce our new 5-part public education series on Sustainable Landscaping beginning February 11. Sign up for as many as you want; all workshops are FREE and held at:

Fairlington Community Center,
Room FC100
3308 S. Stafford Street, Arlington, VA (off Quaker Lane south of I-395).

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