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Five things you may not know about . . . annuals

by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener Unlike perennials, which live for more than two years, annual plants sprout, bloom, produce seeds, and die in a single growing season. If the garden was a stage, perennials would be the leads and … Continue reading

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For Your Pollinator Garden

Written (and Photographed) by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener Do you want to create or add to a pollinator garden? Do you look at lists of plants that claim to be superior at attracting pollinators, then wonder which ones really … Continue reading

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On the Echinacea – What’s that Insect? Answers!

Written (and Photographed) by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener We wrap up pollinator week with one last challenge: can you identify the insects in the video? These hairy pollinators were buzzing around the Echinacea at Green Spring Gardens on Wednesday. One characteristic … Continue reading

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On the Echinacea – What’s that Insect?

Written (and Photographed) by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener [Note: This is an updated and revised version of an article originally posted on June 13, 2012.] This year, June 2oth is not only the summer solstice, but the beginning of … Continue reading

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Master Gardeners’ Bookshelf – American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid-Atlantic

American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic, a recently published book intended for both artists and gardeners, was created by a local nonprofit group, Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment. This group is composed of botanical artists who participated in painting classes offered by Anne-Marie Evans in Falls Church, VA. The BAEE undertook the publication project with the intention of stimulating an appreciation of native plants and encouraging their use in home landscaping. The introductory text includes a contribution from the renowned entomologist Dr. Douglas Tallamy on the vital role of native plants in local ecosystems. Continue reading

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The Long View – Meditations on Gardening (A Venture in Guerrilla Gardening)

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

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How to Celebrate National Pollinator Week – 15-21 June: Go Native!

National Pollinator Week – See how MGNV can help you “Go Native!” with pollinators. Continue reading

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Photographing the Tried and True Sheets: Part 2 – Capturing Flowers and Fruits

Written by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener Part One of Photographing the Tried and True Sheets explored how best to capture the forms of plants and trees in photographs. You can read part one here! This week, a closer look at capturing … Continue reading

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New Monarch Waystation at Bluemont Park

Written by Maraea Harris, Master Gardener Intern The Bluemont Bird and Butterfly Garden began around 2004. The space, which had been just another parking lot island, was filled with various flowering perennials and shrubs and was used and maintained by … Continue reading

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Happy Pollinator Week! Happy 25th Anniversary!

Celebrate National Pollinator Week and the first day of summer at Bon Air Park. On June 21, 2014, the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (MGNV) in cooperation with the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) and Arlington County will celebrate the 25th anniversary of … Continue reading

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