Caring for birds in winter, wiki

Caring for Birds in Winter

As temperatures turn colder, food availability for non-migratory birds becomes limited and our feathered friends can benefit from a helping hand. Use these 13 tips on caring for birds in winter to create a healthier habitat in your own yard. Keep bird feeders up and full all winter. Choose feeders that will keep the seed…

soil tests, wiki

Soil Tests for Home Gardeners

When was the last time you conducted soil tests in your yard? As you probably know, soil tests identify areas in your yard with nutrient deficiencies, as well as areas that are fine and don’t require fertilizers or amendments. So soil tests help us use fertilizers more effectively, save money, and improve the health of…

monarch, wiki

Gardening Symposiums Coming this Winter

Gardening symposiums are coming soon to the Mid-Atlantic region and winter is shaping up to be a busy season for gardening events in general. Here are five gardening symposiums that may be of interest to you, especially if you live in Virginia or the Washington, D.C. area and Maryland suburbs and care about sustainable landscape…

Seed starting, wiki

Seed Starting Resources for Mid-Atlantic Gardeners

The growing number of seed starting workshops and classes that we’re entering into the Mid-Atlantic Gardener calendar of gardening events this winter tells me that more of us are choosing to enjoy home-grown food from our own gardens. Are you ready to learn about growing your own vegetables (and flowers) from seed? Or do you…

Environmental internships, Mt. Cuba Center.

Environmental Internships at Mt. Cuba Center

Do you know a recent college graduate with an interest in public horticulture and conversation? Environmental internships at Mt. Cuba Center might be a perfect fit. Located in Hockessin, Del., the Center is now accepting applications for year-long and summer interns. Year-long internships focus on native plant curation, greenhouse production, public engagement, and natural lands….

winter pruning resources, wiki

Winter Pruning Resources in Mid-Atlantic

Winter pruning of trees and shrubs is on the minds of many gardeners as we approach February. So now is a great time for a refresher on best practices for winter pruning. We’re currently updating the Mid-Atlantic Gardener calendar of gardening events for 2017, and you’ll see several pruning classes, workshops and demonstrations coming to…

Echinacea House, MAG

Echinacea House: Garden Fun

Echinacea (coneflower) will NOT be ignored on this street in Fredericksburg, Va. Passing through over the holiday, we hit the brakes when we saw this cottage. Just for fun, I thought I’d share the beautiful view.  

Garden accessories at the Hermitage

Garden Accessories at the Hermitage

I recently enjoyed seeing  an interesting variety of garden accessories at the Hermitage Museum and Gardens in Norfolk, Va., … cement containers, statuary, benches, gates, arbors, fountains, beautiful iron and stonework, … all set on the Lafayette River. Here’s a sampling of some of my favorite garden accessories at the Hermitage in Norfolk. It’s a…

Philadelphia Flower Show, 2016

Philadelphia Flower Show Coming in March

The Philadelphia Flower Show  will be March 11 to 19, 2017 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, so mark your calendars and make plans now to attend. Many of you know that the Philadelphia Flower Show is the nation’s longest-running and largest horticultural event. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) launched the first one in 1829. Today,…