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,…

Alonso Abugattas

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…

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…

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…

Little Bluestem

Little Bluestem: Native Plant Favorite

Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) is now turning shades of pink, purple and bronze in landscapes across our region. And that’s one of the primary reasons this native plant is a popular ornamental grass. But if you’re also looking for an extremely durable plant for tough environments, add Little Bluestem to your list of plant to…

Leaf composting, Perry-Lee West

Leaf Composting: 9 Tips for Success

Leaf composting became a bit easier for the people who attended Horticulturist Perry-Lee West’s recent workshop at Norfolk Botanical Garden. To help you make the best use of the leaves in your own yard, Perry-Lee shared these tips from her workshop. Shred the leaves really well. If there’s space, run over the entire pile with…

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…

Julia Czerniak, Hardberger Park

Julia Czerniak Speaking at Gillette Forum in November

Julia Czerniak, Associate Dean and Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University, will be speaking at the upcoming Charles F. Gillette Forum on Landscape Design, “Making Beauty Sustainable,” at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on November 3-4, 2016 in Richmond, Va. At Syracuse University, Julia Czerniak teaches studios as well as seminars on landscape theory and criticism. Julia…