gardening events virginia

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…

Stormwater, rain garden, wiki

Reducing Stormwater Runoff: Great Ideas

Hats off to Arlington County, Va., for encouraging more property owners to reduce stormwater runoff. Through the innovative StormwaterWise Landscape program, property owners receive matching grants when they take actions that significantly reduce runoff flowing over their land. Why is this important? Stormwater carries pollutants to our local streams, like lawn chemicals, fertilizers, antifreeze, oil,…

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:…

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….

Monarda research report, wiki

New Monarda Research Report Now Available

A new Monarda research report is now available from Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, Del. Also known as bee balm or wild bergamot, Monarda is a native perennial that’s cherished by many gardeners for its summer blooms in shades of pink, magenta, purple, and red that attract a variety pollinators. The free report from Mt….

Delaware Botanic Gardens, DBG

Delaware Botanic Gardens Breaks Ground

Construction of the new Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek officially began earlier this month with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site located outside the town of Dagsboro in Sussex County. Guided by a 10-year multi-phase plan, organizers envision establishing a major public garden for the southern Delmarva region that reflects the unique environment of…

Penn State Extension

Penn State Extension Gardening Manual Now Available

Penn State Extension recently published the revised Master Gardener Manual, an 800-page hardcover, case-bound resource covering a broad range of gardening and landscape topics and best practices. Even if you’re not a Master Gardener or considering becoming one – the two primary audiences intended for this publication – the manual is available to the public…

Ginter Urban Gardeners, wiki

Ginter Urban Gardeners: Call for Applicants

Ginter Urban Gardeners is a new program in the Richmond , Virginia region designed to increase urban green space. And it’s now accepting applications for the upcoming program! During the 12-week Ginter Urban Gardeners training program, participants will learn sustainable horticulture and agriculture best practices, urban landscape and garden design, project management, and volunteer coordination….

Tried and true native plants, MAG

Tried and True Native Plants for Your Garden

Looking for tried and true native plants to add to your landscape? Lucky for you, the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (MGNV)  created the “Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic” to help educate people about native plants and encourage more people to plant them. The online MGNV fact sheets include nearly 100…

Arlington Garden Tool Lending Library, Photo Credit Arlington Library

Arlington Garden Tool Lending Library Grows Fans

The Arlington Garden Tool Lending Library offers residents temporary use of nearly 150 gardening tools. What a brilliant idea! I passed the program during a recent visit to Central Library, the main branch of the library system in Arlington, Virginia. Housed inside “The Shed” located in a library courtyard, the program offers planting and digging…