Putting a Little Spring in Your Step: Understanding and Selecting Ground Covers and Low-lying Stepables

What are Ground Covers? Ground cover plants, or simply “ground covers,” are exactly what they sound like: plants that are used to cover or “carpet” the ground. When someone refers ...
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Beat the Winter Blues with Bulbs: A Fun, Festive Winter Project

By forcing bulbs to grow indoors, it is possible to welcome spring ahead of schedule by growing bulbs like daffodils, grape hyacinths, crocus and tulips throughout the frigid months that ...
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Overwintering House Pests: How to Send Stink Bugs, Ladybugs, and Boxelder Bugs Packing

Many events mark the transition from summer to fall in Central Virginia: the striking color change of the trees, the numerous autumn festivals and, unfortunately for us, the annual migration ...
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Putting Your Beds to Bed

Poet Dorothy Parker once said, “Summer makes me drowsy. Autumn makes me sing….” When heat affects you this way, fall is a welcome reprieve from the lethargy of long, sultry ...
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Getting Down and Dirtless: Alternative Gardens for indoors and small spaces

Come on in, the water’s fine! Did you know there are soilless gardening alternatives that can produce a bumper crop, even for beginners? By using hydroponic (water-based) and aeroponic (a ...
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Spice it up with Herbs: Traditional floral arrangements with a twist

When your mouth is watering from all the fresh flavors of summer, extend the sensory pleasure from table to tabletop by creating a uniquely fresh floral arrangement. Select a few ...
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Ask the Professionals: What’s your Favorite Plant?

With spring in swing and summer on the horizon, it’s time to think about what you’re going to do to spruce up your outdoor space. We asked professionals from several ...
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Historic Garden Week: An Early Glimpse of Tour’s Homes, Gardens

This year the Garden Club of Virginia celebrates 80 years of Historic Garden Week, a spectacular statewide event referred to as “America’s Largest Open House.” This year’s local tour, sponsored ...
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