Yellow Flag Iris invasive plants

New Regulations on Invasive Plants in Maryland

On April 11, 2016, new regulations on invasive plants in Maryland went into effect, as reported by Paul Goeringer at the Maryland Extension. The new regulations define what is considered a Tier 1 and Tier 2 invasive plant. For more details, check out the Maryland Risk Management Education Blog.  Also check out the Mid-Atlantic Gardener…

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Longwood and Lewis Ginter Voted Best Gardens

Longwood Gardens and Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens are among the 10 best botanical gardens in the nation, according to a recent survey of USA Today readers. Longwood Gardens ranked first and Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens ranked fourth. A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees. A popular vote determined the 10 winning botanical gardens….

U.S. National Arboretum Azalea Collections

Tour Azalea Collections at U.S. National Arboretum

If you love azaleas, plan now to tour the azalea collections at the U.S National Arboretum. The Azalea Collections at the National Arboretum include thousands of azaleas set along woodland trails on Mount Hamilton, one of the highest points in D.C. More active visitors can even hike to the top of Mount Hamilton for a…

Bleeding Heart

Native Plant Favorite: Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart (Dicentra eximia) is a native herbaceous perennial plant that blooms from April to June. Bleeding Heart features deeply-lobed, fern-like grayish-green foliage and showy, rose pink to purplish-red heart-shaped flowers that are carried above the foliage on long, leaning stems. In cooler climates, blooming may continue well into summer. For the residential gardener, Bleeding…

Native plants, Virginia bluebells

Native Plant Favorite: Virginia bluebells

Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) is an upright, spring-blooming native herbaceous perennial plant that’s a favorite of many gardeners and nature lovers in the Mid-Atlantic region. Their lavender to blue-colored, trumpet or bell-shaped flowers first appear in pinkish tones, then turn to blue – a sure sign that spring is here. Although their favorite habitats are…

Deer tick

Best Ways to Protect Against Ticks

Ticks are most active in May, June and July, so now is a good time for a refresher on the best ways to protect against ticks. First, it’s useful to remember that ticks do not fly or jump. They wait in leaf litter, tall grasses and on low vegetation until they attach themselves to something…

Mosquito

Best Ways to Control Mosquitoes

Are you wondering about the best ways you can control mosquitoes in your yard? After attending a Master Gardener of Northern Virginia (MGNV) lecture this week, it’s clear to me that the best strategy is to eliminate standing water on your property as much as possible. A new article “Mosquitoes and Their Control” from Virginia…

7 Tips to Keep Pests and Pesticides Out of Your Garden

Keep pests and pesticides out of your garden with these tips from Amer Fayad and Allen Straw at Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension. This helpful post offers simple suggestions for minimizing pests in the veggie garden, like using trellises, cages and stakes to keep trailing plants off the ground, where they can become vulnerable to diseases…

Grow Anywhere Gardening Expo on Urban Gardening

“Grow Anywhere” Gardening Expo Comes to Silver Spring

If you live near Silver Spring, MD, check out Gardening Expo on Saturday April 30, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring. Hosted by The Urban Gardening initiative of the Montgomery County Master Gardeners, the event theme “Grow Anywhere” emphasizes how local…

Your Backyard

“The Woods in Your Backyard” Guide Second Edition Now Available

First published in 2006, “The Woods in Your Backyard: Learning to Create and Enhance Natural Areas Around Your Home,” is a guide written for educators and owners of 1 to 10 acres of wooded or unmowed natural areas. This publication is also geared to land owners who want to turn mowed areas into woodlands. Since…