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11 Tips for Pruning Shrubs and Trees in Late Winter

The final weeks of winter are an ideal time for pruning shrubs and trees. Why is pruning important? “Pruning shrubs and trees is part of an overall plant health regimen,” says Kirsten Ann Conrad, Extension Agent for Arlington County and the City of Alexandria, Va. “Pruning is a tool for managing the size of your…

Claudia West, gardening and climate change

Gardening and Climate Change: 7 Tips from Claudia West

Claudia West will be speaking at the upcoming Green Matters Symposium “Plant Solutions in The Age of Climate Change,” February 24, 2017 in Silver Spring, Md. Claudia is a frequent speaker, co-author of Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes, and the Ecological Sales Representative at North Creek Nurseries. I recently…

6 Ways to Create a Backyard Wildlife Habitat

Are you looking for ways to boost the value of your yard as a habitat for birds, butterflies, beneficial insects, and other wildlife? Fred Ball, an organizer for the upcoming Creating a Backyard Wildlife Habitat Workshop on March 4, 2017 with the Virginia Beach Master Gardeners, shares these useful tips and reminders. Look at your…

wildlife habitats, Bill McLaughlin, USBG

Bill McLaughlin on Creating Healthy Wildlife Habitats

Bill McLaughlin, Curator at the United  States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., will be speaking about biodiversity and wildlife habitats during the upcoming  EcoSavvy Symposium on February 18, 2017 at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Va. In 2005, Bill became the Curator of Plants with oversight of the plant-based content of the Botanic Garden. He…

climate change and gardening, Ken Druse

Climate Change and Gardening: Ken Druse Shares Insights

Ken Druse spoke about climate change and gardening at the Green Matters Symposium, “Plant Solutions in The Age of Climate Change,” on Friday, February 24, 2017, in Silver Spring, Md. Ken is a best-selling and award-winning author and photographer and a popular lecturer. His most recent books include The New Shade Garden and Natural Companions:…

Gardening Events Virginia

Gardening Events in Tidewater Virginia

If you or someone you know lives in the Tidewater area of Virginia, now is a good time to check out what’s happening with the Virginia Beach Master Gardeners. Mark your calendars for these free upcoming educational gardening events in Virginia Beach. VBMG Tree Workshop February 25, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Spend the…