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An appealing addition to the landscape, this native is rare in Pennsylvania and historical in Delaware’s Piedmont, but frequent to common elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Virginia Native Plant Society named White Fringetree as Wildflower of the Year in 1997. Be aware though, it also appeals to deer! Continue reading
Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Green Spring Gardens 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA. Love the idea of using native plants, but can’t find them? Come buy native plants at reasonable prices that are specially-suited for this area, … Continue reading
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 reading
by Master Gardener Nancy Dowling Enough already, the tomatoes seem to be screaming. It’s too hot; you expect too much from me. And I agree. It is too hot to put out new fruit, too hot to stand up straight and … Continue reading
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Gardening strikes me as the perfect metaphor for life. Everything goes swimmingly well for a while, then adversity strikes and we need to plod through it until we’ve solved the problem or survived the crisis or found a new pathway. Continue reading
Not all gardeners have big plots. So sometimes we just exploit what’s nearby. It’s a bit iffy, but taking a little risk and adding a dollop of luck and patience, some digging and weeding and a mix of bought and donated plants can pay off. Witness the former parking lot island near my town house. It used to be a dog- and sun-seared plot of weedy grass that never looked good after the first green flush of spring. Continue reading
Did you know that one-third of the world’s pine species are represented at the State Arboretum of Virginia? Do you its history, including the “radiation pit” era? Check out five things you probably don’t know about the State Arboretum of Virginia! Continue reading
FROGS will be selling bundles of greens at the Gardeners Holiday Open House on Sunday December 6th. As always, we are turning to our wonderful Green Spring volunteers and asking that you bring in any greens that you may have or can cut from your yards for this purpose. Continue reading
One of the joys of summer is to watch butterflies flaunt their shapes and colors by flitting, floating and fluttering from flower to flower. Attracted to clustered or composite blooms that are bright, red, purple, blue, and yellow, they pick up and transport pollen on their legs and wings. Continue reading