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Word of the Week: Ethnobotany

Some universities have departments of ethnobotany, where the uses of plants by various ethnic and indigenous cultures are studied, including how the wood of particular trees is used and whether a plant or a kind of wood or the oil derived from a plant, is regarded as sacred or as having healing properties. Both Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia have departments that study and document the traditional uses of the plants and fungi that grow in the Commonwealth, including their medicinal uses. Continue reading

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Are You Lichen the Bark? Five Birch Trees of the Mid-Atlantic Region

Part 2: Five Birch Trees of the Mid-Atlantic Region
Learn about five birch trees native to different areas of the mid-Atlantic region. Their uses in a cultivated landscape are varied. Those with the showiest bark shine year-round as specimen, shade, or lawn trees. Continue reading

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In the Winter Garden – Reflections from 2012

This article, written by MGNV member Mary Free in December 2012, is worth a repeat.  Appreciating the winter garden makes for a happier all-season gardener! For some excellent native tree suggestions you can explore the MGNV series of tried and true plants. … Continue reading

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