Go to http://www.goodtreecare.com on the Web for names of certified arborists, or call the Virginia Cooperative Extension for a listing.
Available for those without access to a yard, these garden plots are available for a nominal rental fee. Be aware that there is often a long waiting list for a community garden plot. In Alexandria, call 703 746-4654 or visit City of Alexandria Community Gardens. In Arlington, call 703-228-6426 or visit Arlington County Community Gardens.
For a limited time during the Spring and early Summer months, mulch is available free of charge at the City of Alexandria’s mulch site, located at 4215 Eisenhower Avenue. Pickup is limited to Alexandria residents and private contractors who use the mulch for pre-approved Alexandria City government projects only. Mulch is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and residents must bring their own shovels, buckets, and other necessary supplies. Proof of residency will be checked at the site. The mulch site hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Gates close at 3:30 p.m.).
For a limited time during the Spring and early Summer months, mulch is also available for delivery. Deliveries are made to Alexandria residents only. The charge is $50 for each load (full, or half). Delivery of mulch loads, which equal about six cubic yards (one dump truck load) are scheduled each day Monday through Friday. No deliveries are scheduled on weekends or holidays.
SCHEDULE DELIVERY ONLINE
Pick up your free mulch at the Earth Products Yard or 26th Street North and Yorktown Boulevard.
Schedule a mulch delivery through the Arlington County online order page. A mulch delivery fee will be applied to your next quarterly utility bill.
Home Depot and Lowe’s are sources for gardening equipment, supplies, and plants. There are many fine nurseries, some with several locations, such as Bill’s True Value Garden Center; Burke Nursery; Earth Sangha; Greenstreet Gardens; Holly, Woods, and Vines; Landscape Design Associates (formerly Tree Frog Nursery); Merrifield Garden Center; Nature by Design; and others. Plants can also be purchased from Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia and other vendors at various local spring and fall plant sales. Behnke’s Nursery has closed, but they still have a website with gardening information: Beyond Behnke’s.
Check the Plant NOVA Natives site for a list of where to buy native plants.
Contact the National Capital Area Federation of Garden Clubs at 202-399-5958 or go to National Capital Area Garden Clubs website, or contact your neighborhood civic association for information.
The Washington, D.C. area has many wonderful gardens. Check out DC Gardens for more information on area gardens.
- Dumbarton Oaks
- Hillwood Estate
- Smithsonian Gardens
- United States Botanic Garden
- U. S. National Arboretum