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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.  Continue reading

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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.

But wait! There's something missing from this fall festival of fun. Fall is for Planting. Yes, when you think of plaid, the return of football and changing leaves, think of your yard as well. And I don't just mean that container of mums on the front porch. Fall is the best time to plant more plants, especially shrubs and trees. The soil is still warm and roots can establish themselves before summer heat comes back. To get you started, I've gathered a list of fall plant sales around the Chesapeake Bay region. Remember: More Plants. Less Runoff. Healthier Bay.

And don't forget to visit local garden centers. They'll be open through October.

Northern Virginia & Maryland
Sept. 21
Arlington's Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road, will sell a selection of plants and shrubs. Sale is cash only. 

Sept. 22 and 28, Oct. 5 and 20
Herring Run Nursery at 6131 Hillen Road, Baltimore, is open for retail sales 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The nursery offers hundreds of species of native trees, shrubs and perennials.  
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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.
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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: 

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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. 
Plus, working in the yard on crisp autumn days is downright pleasant versus toiling under the harsh summer sun.
We at Plant More Plants have been busy gearing up for fall. Our website has undergone a fall makeover that?s sure to inspire you past the autumnal equinox. Finding local landscape experts, retailers and helpful resources for fall planting is easier than ever.
The Plant More Plants message also will be hitting the airwaves this fall. Watch for our ads on broadcast and cable TV in the Richmond and Hampton Roads markets, and on cable in the Washington, D.C. area. Here's one of our ads:

If you live in these regions, look for our banner ads on websites for HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network and others. 

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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.

As an eco-friendly kid, the garden center should have been my Shangri-la. I should?ve reveled in the opportunity each spring to browse balmy greenhouses and help my mom choose the perfect plants to fight those evils of stormwater runoff and air pollution. Alas, I did not revel in these trips. To be honest, garden centers bored the heck out of 10-year-old me.

Despite my love of nature, I simply wasn?t making the connection between plants and a healthy environment. I didn?t realize the special ability plants have to clean our waterways, even though my family lived just a few hundred yards from a stream. The concept of native plants for native wildlife never crossed my mind.

In fairness to 10-year-old me, these ideas were not in the conscience of most people at the time. I feel they?re only now starting to percolate into mainstream thinking.

Recycling and litter cleanups (and, I?ll be honest ? Captain Planet) remain passions for 30-year-old me. But I?ve happily added plants to the list. Working on the Plant More Plants campaign this past year has fostered an appreciation for plants and gardening I didn?t have before. I enjoy visiting garden centers now. I'm jealous of other people's beautiful yards. Ten-year-old me would be so surprised.

In honor of Earth Day, April 22, add your name to the Plant More Plants pledge. Plant more trees, shrubs and hardy perennials. Don?t fertilize the lawn. Enjoy your yard ? your own small piece of nature. Be truly all about the Earth.
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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. Continue reading

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