Holiday Gift Shopping Guide

Compiled by Elena Rodriguez, Extension Master Gardener

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It’s that time of year, again! If you are looking for some gift ideas for your favorite gardener, here are some suggestions of books and tools recommended this year by Extension Master Gardeners. This list combines information in previously published articles by Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. Continue reading

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TREE: Taxodium distichum (Bald Cypress)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Found along wet stream banks, swamps, and river bottoms, Bald Cypress has a root system, which often produces irregular structures called “knees” that rise above the ground or water’s surface. The tree is referred to as “bald” since it is deciduous, losing its foliage in the winter. Learn more . . .

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The Master Gardener Bookshelf: New Landscape Ideas that Work

New Landscaping Ideas That Work by Julie Moir Messervy

By Susan Wilhelm, Extension Master Gardener

Book cover of New Landscaping Ideas that workLandscape improvements can add value to a home, provide relaxing outdoor spaces, and maximize living space by extending it outdoors. But how does one decide what to do? New Landscaping Ideas that Work by landscape architect Julie Moir Messervy answers that question by breaking the design process into parts and showing how each part contributes to a landscape that meets a homeowner’s specific needs and goals. Continue reading

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SHRUB: Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Oakleaf hydrangea may not be indigenous to the Mid-Atlantic Region but this southern native can still be at home in local landscapes unless deer are frequent visitors. In late spring, white flowers bloom in showy pyramidal panicles and turn shades of pink as they age in summer. Each shrub’s large, oak-like leaves display a variety of brilliant colors in fall.

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