Category: Gardening

Arlington Community Garden Grants Available. Apply Soon!

Arlington Community Garden Grants Available. Apply Soon!

Are you part of a condominium, place of worship, or non-profit that might be interested in starting a community garden in Arlington? Grant funds are available to get you started, but you must act quickly. A maximum of three $800 grants for use between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013 will be issued. Here [...]

EVENT: Native Plant Seed Collection & Propagation

EVENT: Native Plant Seed Collection & Propagation

From our friends at the Virginia Native Plant Society Potowmack Chapter … Native Plant Seed Collection & Propagation: Techniques to Break Dormancy Thursday, September 20 at 7:30 pm Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA Seed dormancy is nature’s mechanism to keep seed viable until conditions become favorable for germination, seedling growth and survival. Seeds won’t germinate [...]

Creating a Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard

Creating a Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard

When I first heard about the concept of establishing a backyard wildlife habitat, I thought, “Yeah, right. Nice for the folks who live down the in areas where trees and woodlands are an integral part of the landscape, but not for those of us living in more urban settings.” Sure, there are pockets of wildlife-friendly [...]

Eco-Friendly Events in May

Eco-Friendly Events in May

Lots of great green ways to get involved. Check out this list of upcoming events, activities, and observances happening this month: Statewide Invasive Plant Removal Day Saturday, May 5 Join volunteers from across the state for the 4thannual state-wide invasive plant removal day. Alexandria is hosting three sites across the city at Chinquapin Park, Dora [...]

National Parks Week, Native Plant Sales, and More Earth Day Events

National Parks Week, Native Plant Sales, and More Earth Day Events

Lots of green green events happening this month in honor of Earth Day. From Native Plant Sales to National Parks Week, opportunities to get out and involved abound! National Parks Week April 21 – 29 The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are teaming up to host National Park Week, during which you [...]

Farm-to-Table Summer Camp at Arcadia Farm

Farm-to-Table Summer Camp at Arcadia Farm

If you haven’t yet locked in your camps for the summer, here is a great one to add to the list. Campers ranging in age from 6 to 10 years old will gain hands-on experience as they work the farm and engage in related activities designed to help them understand and appreciate where their food [...]

Invasive Species and Why They are a Threat

Invasive Species and Why They are a Threat

Invasive species are all around us. From plants to insects to marine life, non-native species are presenting serious challenges to native species and their habitats. In addition to a post I wrote here on Eco-Active Family last week about National Invasive Species Awareness Week activities for kids at the U.S. Botanic Garden, I also wrote [...]

Butterfly Garden Discussion, Feb. 23 @ 7:30 p.m.

Butterfly Garden Discussion, Feb. 23 @ 7:30 p.m.

Want to learn how to attract butterflies to your garden? Come learn how at the Washington Area Butterfly Club meeting at Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington. Naturalist Lisa Bierer-Garrett, one of the original members of WABC, will speak on butterfly and wildlife gardening for your backyard. Lisa, a Calvert County, MD resident and longtime [...]

Green and Simple: A Gardening Partnership

Green and Simple: A Gardening Partnership

This piece originally appeared in my Green and Simple column on the Old Town Alexandria Patch. When I was a kid growing up in Massachusetts, my parents always planted a garden. Because we lived in a rural area, we had a sizable yard and a generously sized garden with rows and rows of plantings. We grew tomatoes, [...]

Organic Garden at the White House, Part 2

Organic Garden at the White House, Part 2

In follow up to my last post on the subject of an organic garden at the White House, I read with great anticipation the follow-up article in the Washington Post home section, which I hoped would describe some of the logistical and other issues that would present the greatest challenges. While the article provided lots [...]

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