SHRUB: Itea virginica (Virginia Sweetspire)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Fragrant, showy four-inch spires of white blossoms fall from arching stems in late spring. In autumn, the leaves of Virginia Sweetspire turn a vibrant red to orange. This native* favorite has graceful open growth habit and performs best in partial shade with moist soil.

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MGs Step Up to Help Restore Private Forest

By Christa Watters, Extension Master Gardener

Master Gardener Nancy Davis and her husband Stuart have been members of Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria for more than 30 years. Founded in 1856., Beth El purchased its current 5.5-acre site in 1955 in a residential neighborhood. Behind the temple and its parking area, the back of the wooded lot descends in two ravines to a valley.

In 2006, the members of the temple brotherhood created a Chapel in the Woods at the top of the ravines. “This retreat,” Nancy says, “serves as a place of quiet meditation, services, and prayer, a site for teaching children about nature, and a play area. It remains one of the few undeveloped private tracts in the area and still contains at least 15 species of native trees. This forest is on a slope, part of the Strawberry Run watershed that drains the entire residential neighborhood. There is a spring at the bottom of the hill adjacent to the property.”

When the Brotherhood member who used to maintain the Chapel in the Woods moved away some years ago, the area fell into neglect, resulting in its being taken over by more than 20 invasive species. Then in 2015, a small informal group started holding monthly work days to pull invasive species, and Nancy and her husband joined in.

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Between the Rows – June Edition

Welcome veggie gardeners! 

It’s time to check out the June VCE Garden Guide for vegetable and herb gardening!

VCE supports local gardeners with a host of resources, including free classes, plant clinics and this newsletter. Want to know more? Subscribe here to receive future editions.

All the garden guides are available at VCE Garden Guide under Resources on the MGNV site.

VCE Garden Guide - Between the Rows

 

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PERENNIAL: Baptisia australis (Blue Wild Indigo)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Baptisia is a bold plant that in early spring produces multiple stems of beautiful gray-green foliage.  By mid-spring the foliage is topped by 1- to 2-foot flowering spikes that are a magnificent blue color.  Handsome blue-black seed pods follow the flowers and remain attractive until the first hard frost. Learn more . . .

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Sunny/Shade Garden Tour – This Sunday!

 The Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia invite you to in Bo&n Air Park Sunday ❀ June 2, 2019 ❀ 1-3pm The Sunny Garden & The Shade Garden Get ideas for the right plant for that special place in your yard: ■ Tour the gardens ■ Get advice from Master Gardeners ■ Tree Walk in the Park ■ Take home some free seeds ■ Try your luck in a plant raffle

Get ideas for the right plant for that special place in your yard:

Tour the gardens • Get advice from Master Gardeners • Tree Walk in the park
Get free seeds • Try your luck in a plant raffle

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Location and Directions

The Sunny and Shade Gardens are located in
Bon Air Park off Wilson Blvd. at 850 N. Lexington Street. The Sunny Garden is located adjacent to the parking lot near the rose garden. To find the Shade Garden, walk along the paved path by the left side of the Sunny Garden around the corner.

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Gardening for Pollinators – A Redesign of the Glencarlyn Pollinator Bed

Garden Talks - First Saturday of the month - June - SeptemberSaturday, June 1, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Glencarlyn Library Community Garden
300 South Kensington Street, Arlington, VA 22204

Learn from Extension Master Gardener interns how they designed and installed a trellis and selected native plants to serve as nectar and host plants for a variety of pollinators in the renovation of the Pollinator Bed at Glencarlyn Library Community Garden.

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Free. Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

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