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…

Native shrubs with winter interest. wiki

10 Shrubs with Winter Interest

Many shrubs with winter interest could be perfect candidates for your yard, and a couple on this list have the extra benefit of being native shrubs. Who wouldn’t enjoy beautiful blooms, foliage, or fruit; interesting forms or branch structures; fragrances, and other attributes of these shrubs during the cold winter months. Les Parks, Curator of…

Halloween in the Garden

Halloween in the Garden

Celebrating Halloween in the garden is a custom that appears to be going strong, if the folks in my surrounding neigborhoods are an indicator. Within a short walk’s distance, I found a wide variety of creative, fun, and sometimes downright scary Halloween garden decorations and ideas. Neighbor’s Jack-o-lantern arbor creates a sensational holiday entrance.  …

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…

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…