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Fall in Full Swing


Enjoy some fall photos from Glen Allen Nursery and Garden Center in Henrico County, Virginia. This garden center is one more than 40 retail partners in the Plant More Plants campaign, as well as a member of the Central Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association. 
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So many plant sales, so little time


Ah, fall is almost upon us. Time to don light jackets and indulge in pumpkin-flavored goodies. Perhaps apple cider or an Oktoberfest beverage is calling your name. It won't be long before kids are deciding on Halloween costumes. Continue reading

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Your inspiration to plant more plants


Spring is finally here, and our yards are beckoning us outside. Here?s a list of April events that are sure to get you in the planting mood.
 
April 12-13
8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Everything will be 20 percent off at Colesville Nursery, 14011 Nursery Road, Ashland, Va. Lines get long at this annual sale, so arrive early and bring a plant wish list. Enter to win one of two Japanese maples.
 
April 13
11 a.m.
Children between the ages of 4 and 10 can sign up for the Sneed?s Seeds Club at Sneed?s Nursery and Garden Center, 8756 Huguenot Road, Richmond, Va. Club members get to make a monthly garden craft, receive a birthday gift and, most importantly, foster an early love for plants.
 
April 14
11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Nearly 150 species of native plants will be for sale at Herring Run Nursery, 6131 Hillen Road, Baltimore, Md. Spend $30 or more and receive a free woodland poppy (redeem the poppy coupon at the nursery?s Facebook page). This nonprofit nursery is an affiliate of Blue Water Baltimore.
 
April 20
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Water your plants for free. Make a rain barrel at the Christopher Newport University Garden Symposium in Newport News. Contact Newport News Cooperative Extension at 757-591-4838 to register for one of two workshops. Cost is $50 per barrel.
 
2 p.m.
Rich Poulin of The Perennial Farm will give a primer on new and underused perennials at Countryside Gardens, 220 E. Mercury Blvd., Hampton, Va.
 
April 21
11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Natural Art Garden Center, 27358 Old Valley Pike, Toms Brook, Va., celebrates five years in business with an open house in conjunction with the Shenandoah County Gardens, Galleries and Grapes Tour. Make a day of it finding plants for the yard and sampling local ciders.
 
1 p.m.
Merrifield Garden Center founder Bob Warhurst (a.k.a., The Plant Whisperer) discusses how to be a successful gardener in a program at the Gainesville location, 6895 Wellington Road, Gainesville, Va. Self-proclaimed ?brown thumbs? should attend.
 
April 21 and 26
The nursery of Garden Gate Landscape and Design, 15101 Quaker Church Road, Montpelier, Va., will be open for walk-in business. Owner Beth Farmer grows native plants from seed. The nursery is open two Fridays and two Sundays per month, but Beth?s plants also can be purchased Saturdays at the Lakeside Farmers Market and April 27 at Maymont?s Herbs Galore and More.
 
April 27
10:30 a.m.
Attend a free seminar about proper planting techniques for trees, shrubs and perennials at Boulevard Flower Gardens at Ruffin Mill, 2100 Ruffin Mill Road, South Chesterfield, Va.
 
This is by no means an all-inclusive list. Add events we left off in the comments section below.
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Mark Your Calendar for These Spring Plant Sales and Giveaways

Some of us soon might be gazing wistfully at snow out our windows, but the truth is spring is not far away. What better way is there to beat the winter doldrums than to gear up for spring planting?  Continue reading

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Top 10 Bay-Friendly Gifts


Selecting gifts for your Chesapeake Bay-loving friends need not be difficult! Here are our top 10 bay-centric gifts: 

1) ?Lynnhaven River, Restoring a Legend? ? This new book by the folks at Lynnhaven River Now tells the story of the cherished river through photos and personal narratives. It?s a coffee table book that surely won?t collect dust on the coffee table. Click here for purchase information.

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Fall is the best time to Plant More Plants


You may have heard the slogan, ?Fall is for Planting.? It isn?t just a marketing gimmick invented by the landscape or nursery industries. Fall really is the best time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials. One reason is that soils are still warm and will promote strong root growth even through winter. Fall also is cooler, so the need to water isn?t as great. 

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The Education of an Eco-Kid


When I was a kid, I proclaimed to be all about the Earth. It was the early 90s. Recycling, spotted owls and a certain superhero named Captain Planet were among my chief obsessions. Fully aware of this, my parents ? bless their hearts ? chauffeured me to all variety of environment-themed activities. There were tree plantings and litter cleanups and ecology club meetings and, of course, Earth Day celebrations. Continue reading

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Care To Make A Trade? Check Out Seed Swaps

The idea couldn?t be simpler. You have seeds left over from last year?s garden but, this year, would like to try some new plants. Somewhere nearby, a fellow gardener is in the same boat. The two of you attend a neighborhood seed swap organized by one very ambitious person or group and ? voil? ? you both have new seeds to plant. Continue reading

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Reaping the Benefits of Gardening ? at Work

For most people, gardening is an at-home activity, a hobby for the weekend or a way to unwind after a day spent sitting behind a desk.

But for several employees with the Virginia Department of Health, the joys of gardening are part of the daily work routine. They participate in a program called Plaza Planter Adopt-a-Box at their department?s headquarters ? the Madison Building in downtown Richmond. Continue reading

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Gardener's Dilemma: What To Do With All Those Plastic Pots?

I'm not ashamed to admit I haven't thrown away a single plastic pot from this year's spring planting. Right now, my porch is a sort of plastic pot graveyard, where old pots have found (seemingly) eternal resting places over in a far corner.

I imagine lots of gardeners experience this, um, "attachment" to their plastic pots and flats. Most curbside recycling programs won't accept them, so what's an eco-conscious gardener to do? There's got to be a clever way to reuse them, but I haven't figured that out yet. Continue reading

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