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”

Everyday is Earth Day for ARMN Volunteers

By Monique Wong “Everyday is Earth Day for ARMN volunteers,” Robin Davis, ARMN Outreach Committee Chair, remarked at the April ARMN Board Meeting. How right she is! Since ARMN’s mission is to provide environmental education, research, citizen science, outreach, and stewardship of Virginia natural resources and public lands, everyday is indeed Earth Day for all ARMN members. Wherever youContinue reading “Everyday is Earth Day for ARMN Volunteers”

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”

Looking for the Perfect Native Plant?

Spring 2012 Native Plant Sales Green Springs Gardens, Garden Markets April 7, 14, & 21, 9 am to 1 pm 4603 Green Spring Rd, Alexandria, VA Long Branch Nature Center Native Plant Sale April 21, 1 – 3 pm 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd, Arlington, VA  22204 Parkfairfax Native Plant Sale April 28,Continue reading “Looking for the Perfect Native Plant?”

Backyard Nature Photography

By Monique Wong When Christine Freidel moved into her home near Potomac Overlook Park five year ago, she inherited a typical suburban lawn in her backyard.  Inspired by the book “Bringing Nature Home,” Christine applied her training as a Master Naturalist and spent two years introducing native species to her backyard. “We spotted butterflies andContinue reading “Backyard Nature Photography”

Tree Lovers’ Dream Project: Arlington County Street Tree Inventory

By Kathy Philpott Costa On March 13, a group of volunteers made up of Arlington Master Naturalists, Tree Stewards and Americorps members met with Arlington County Forester Vincent Verweij for basic training on how to conduct a street tree inventory. These volunteers will soon contribute to an ambitious project to update information on more thanContinue reading “Tree Lovers’ Dream Project: Arlington County Street Tree Inventory”

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”

Native Plant Sales

Spring is almost here which means it is the perfect time to enrich your garden and support the environment by planting some native plants in your garden!  There are many native plant sales in the region to check out: Long Branch Nature Center Native Plant Sale Saturday, April 21, 1-3pm (rain date Sunday, 4/22) 625Continue reading “Native Plant Sales”

1/12/12 Barcroft Sunny Workday Report

By Jim Hurley Last Thursday, January 12, Master Naturalist (and current ARMN Treasurer) Josh Schnell enticed some 15 of his USDA OLC (Office of Legal Counsel) colleagues to Barcroft Park for a couple of hours cutting and digging Multiflora Rose, English Ivy and Japanese Honeysuckle.  Five Americorps volunteers supported the effort, as well as fourContinue reading “1/12/12 Barcroft Sunny Workday Report”