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Gardening Events in Virginia in March

March is shaping up to be a busy month for gardening events in Virginia. Here’s a sampling of workshops, symposia and other gardening events being held across the Commonwealth. 8th Annual Gardening Symposium Leesburg, Va., March 18, 2017, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Sponsored by the Loudoun County Master Gardeners, this popular annual gardening symposium…

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Alonso Abugattas’ Native Plant Picks for Wildlife

Expert naturalist and environmental educator Alonso Abugattas recently spoke at the sold-out 13th Annual EcoSavvy Symposium at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia. I asked Alonso to share some of his favorite native plants for attracting and supporting wildlife. Here’s his reply. Goldenrods (Solidago spp.) There are many different species of Goldenrods – 36 species…

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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…

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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…

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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:…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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Paul Dougherty “Stickwork” Exhibit at Hermitage

The Paul Dougherty exhibit “Stickwork” at the Hermitage Museum and Gardens in Norfolk, Va. is a real treat. We toured it yesterday and left with lighter hearts and inspiration for new creative projects in our own gardens. Paul Dougherty is an internationally acclaimed environmental artist who designs and creates monument-sized sculptures from sticks. He has…