Earth Sangha Spring Native Plant Sale Success

By Rodney Olsen The Earth Sangha Native Plant Sale, co-sponsored by Arlington Regional Master Naturalists, occurred on May 6 and was a great success.  Following the dictum that “good news is never old news,” here is account of the sale by Lisa Bright, Executive Director of Earth Sangha. “Our spring plant sale, on Sunday, MayContinue reading “Earth Sangha Spring Native Plant Sale Success”

A Walk in the Woods; Separate or A Part?

By Kelly Brown We urban humans are “of nature,” but our cities and suburbs can feel disembodied from the very natural resources we use to create our living spaces.  As a child I watched fields and wetlands bulldozed, replaced by stately homes and treeless sidewalks.  So much greenery vanished as the inevitable roads were added. Continue reading “A Walk in the Woods; Separate or A Part?”

Demonstration Native Plant Garden for Shady Backyards

By Kathy Landis and Joanne Hutton On Sunday May 6, 2012, Potomac Overlook Regional Park (PORP) held a dedication ceremony that marked the official opening of the new demonstration native plant garden for shady backyards. The garden is adjacent to the Master Gardeners’ demonstration vegetable garden, across the driveway from the Native American garden. NextContinue reading “Demonstration Native Plant Garden for Shady Backyards”

Native Plants Demonstration Garden Dedication

By Joanne Hutton We look forward to seeing as many of you who can come to the dedication of our new demonstration garden showing off native plants suitable for backyards on Sunday, May 6th, at the annual May Day Fair at Potomac Overlook Regional Park.  The dedication will take place tentatively at 2:30 p.m. with Mary Hynes, ChairContinue reading “Native Plants Demonstration Garden Dedication”

Alexandria Neighborhood Presentation on Choking Hazard Campaign

By Christine Matthews My neighborhood in Alexandria (Beverley Hills), which borders Monticello Park, is known for its beautiful mature trees. Unfortunately, storms, age, and construction have claimed many of them and English ivy threatens to overtake many that remain. So, I was happy to be able to put my training from the Choking Hazard campaign to good useContinue reading “Alexandria Neighborhood Presentation on Choking Hazard Campaign”

Meet Me On A Sunday At Potomac Overlook Park

By John Bernard Arlington Regional Master Naturalists (ARMN) partners with regional parks for great volunteer outreach opportunities.  One such weekly outreach is Meet Me on a Sunday at the Potomac Overlook Park in North Arlington run by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.  Among numerous activities on this beautiful Easter Sunday, I joined fellow Master Naturalist NancyContinue reading “Meet Me On A Sunday At Potomac Overlook Park”

ARMN First Anniversary of Barcroft Park Invasive Pull

By Jim Hurley The March invasive pull was the first anniversary of the Arlington Regional Master Naturalist monthly focus work on Barcroft Park.  Having bought coffee and doughnuts (hint, hint), I arrived to the area of Barcoft Park we were going to work on an hour before start time to tag Multiflora Rose stems forContinue reading “ARMN First Anniversary of Barcroft Park Invasive Pull”

Choking Hazard – English Ivy Threatens Virginia’s Trees

By Caroline Haynes To the passing eye, English ivy seems like a lovely little green plant. But, it is actually a serious threat to the beautiful trees that give yards and neighborhoods shade and character. Ivy strangles trees. It can accelerate tree rot by holding moisture close to the tree bark, while also stealing theContinue reading “Choking Hazard – English Ivy Threatens Virginia’s Trees”

ARMN Volunteers Contribute to Earth Sangha Seed Cleaning

By Julie Speers On February 13, 2012, ARMN and Earth Sangha co-hosted a seed-cleaning activity at Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington.  Puffs of fluff and seed flew through the air as a group of ARMN volunteers threshed dried native-plants stems to release their seeds.  Lisa Bright, Director of Earth Sangha Wild Plant Nursery inContinue reading “ARMN Volunteers Contribute to Earth Sangha Seed Cleaning”