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Native Plants for Winter Interest

A number of plants native to our region provide continuing value and interest in our gardens into the winter. Their evergreen foliage or interesting bark add beauty to the landscape, while their berries, seeds, or stems provide support to wildlife through the cold months. Continue reading

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November 2017 Public Education Events

The following are free public education events offered by VCE for November 2017. Holiday and Winter Containers (Note that the class is offered twice) Wednesday, November 1, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206  … Continue reading

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TREE: Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Red Cedar)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Eastern Red Cedar’s dense foliage provides excellent roosting and nesting cover for birds. Besides being a favorite wildlife food, the fruit gives gin its characteristic flavor. This long-lived juniper, which is native to eastern North America, … Continue reading

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SHRUB: Physocarpus opulifolius (Ninebark)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic This drought-tolerant, adaptable shrub is found in open woods, lake shores, stream banks, and rock outcroppings.  Its papery bark continually molts in thin strips, revealing multiple layers of reddish to light brown inner … Continue reading

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GRASS: Chasmanthium latifolium (Northern Sea Oats)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic This beautiful, tall woodland grass grows in upright clumps and produces fresh green leaves that are held perpendicular at intervals on stiff, wiry culms (hollow stems). Spangled over drooping culms that stand well above the foliage, … Continue reading

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The Long View – Meditations on Gardening (The Garden as Artifact)

The Garden as Artifact By Christa Watters Garden: n. Planted area of ground, a plot of ground where plants such as fruits, vegetables and flowers are grown. (Latin origin hortus garda implies a closed area. Ultimately from a prehistoric German … Continue reading

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