Gardening Resources

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Gardening help, plant selection, diseases/pests, local demonstration sites: Fairfax County Master Gardeners  http://fairfaxgardening.org

  • Help Desk  703-324-8556
  • Email  mgfairfax@vt.edu
  • Online Plant Guide  http://www.onlineplantguide.com/
  • Fairfax County Plant Clinics (May – October)  www.fairfaxmga.org    Look for listing of plant clinics around the county. Master Gardeners are available here to answer your questions, help submit plant samples  for free disease/pest diagnosis, provide soil sample kits, etc. Click on the name of the clinic for directions,hours and detailed information.

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Virginia Tech – Virginia Cooperative Extension: A treasure trove of information for home gardeners, all specific to Virginia.  http://www.ext.vt.edu

Virginia Tech weed identification guide    www.ppws.vt.edu/scott/weedindex.htm 

Virginia Tech insect identification lab    www.insectid.ento.vt.edu/index.html

Audubon Society of Northern Virginia: Click on the tab for Audubon at Home to find a fabulous compendium of native plant nurseries, green landscaping products, local demonstration sites and useful web links to organizations, parks, government agencies and landscaping/gardening information. www.audubonva.org

Weed ID, dictionary, turf and garden tips. Enter your zip code for information specific to your location. www.msuturfweeds.net

Maryland Home and Garden Landscape Problem Solver   http://plantdiagnostics.umd.edu

Herbicide and pesticide labels, reference library  http://greencastonline.com

Monarch butterflies: education, conservation, setting up a way-station  www.monarchwatch.org

Pest Management Guide – Virginia Tech:  Treatments to eliminate and/or control insects and diseases of fruit, vegetables, ornamentals, lawns, yards   http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/456/456-018/456-018.html

Do it yourself pest control http://nycitypestcontrol.com/diy-garden-pest-control-infographic/

NC State Dept. of Horticultural Science  www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer

USDA Database  http://plants.usda.gov/

Fine Gardening Magazine  www.finegardening.com

Bug of the Week: Want to know if stink bugs have any predators or if a black and yellow garden spider bite is poisonous? Michael J. Raupp, Ph.D., Professor of Entomology and Extension Specialist with the University of Maryland has the answers.  www.bugoftheweek.com 

The National Wildlife Federation www.nwf.org/backyard

Ideas for managing to garden through lifestyle changes, age, infirmity,  work, changes in financial circumstances  www.gardenforever.com

Information on pesticides and alternatives  http://ourwaterourworld.org

Pronunciation guide for plant names; how to; designs and more  http://www.finegardening.com/pronunciation-guide

Metro DC Lawn and Garden Blog; native plant database, gardening tips  www.gardening.mwcog.org

This Rutgers University website lists many common deer resistant garden trees, perennials and shrubs sand rates them on a scale of A through D – rarely damaged to frequently severely damaged.  http://www.njaes.rutgers.edu/deerresistance

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has an online catalog of flora with origins in North America. Search for plants that thrive in our area, find flowers, herbs, shrubs and trees to fit your specifications, and more.  www.Wildflower.org

U.S. National Arboretum   www.usna.usda.gov

Blandy Experimental Farm, UVA   www.blandy.virginia.edu

Natural Resource Conservation Service provides an extensive database and plant lists   www.plants.usda.gov

Deer resistant plant ideas   www.myohiolandscape.com

Maryland Cooperative Extension Service Integrated Pest Management Report. This list serve provides information about garden pests and when you can expect them in your area.   MDCOOPEXT-IPMREPORT@LISTSERVE.UMD.EDU

Lyme Disease   http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3136&q=395590

LYME DISEASE Power Point  (Click to download presentation)

Tick handbook

Homeowner guide to planting trees, flowers, vegetables and more  http://store.alansfactoryoutlet.com/Building-Your-Own-Home-Garden-s/1852.htmInvasive plants

Weeds Gone Wild: Plant Conservation Alliance    www.nps.gov/plants/alien/

Invasive Plant List of Virginia  www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/invspinfo.shtml

Beginner’s Guide to Gardening and Landscaping (DIY)  www.sodgod.com/gardening-basics/

The Helpful Gardener – a friendly gardening forum:
http://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/

Audubon Society native plants database (searchable by zip code):
http://www.audubon.org/native-plants

Garden fence kits to keep out deer and other pests:
https://www.deerfencing.com/deer-fence-kits

Local Botanical Gardens

Green Spring Gardens  www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/gsgp/

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens  www.nvrpa.org/park/meadowlark_botanical_gardens/

Native plants:

Bringing Nature Home: includes information on the number of butterflies and moths supported by each plant  http://bringingnaturehome.net

Virginia Native Plants Society  http://vnps.org

North Carolina Extension Service   www.ncsu.edu/goingnative

List of plants native to each Virginia county    http://www.vaplantatlas.org

Virginia Tech brochure, Native Plant Garden for Pollinators  http://filebox.vt.edu/users/adamson/VTApiaryPollinatorGarden.pdf

Native plants and natural landscapes   www.blueridge.wildones.org

Virginia Wildflowers  www.virginiawildflowers.org

Guide to Northern Virginia native plants from Virginia Native Plant Society  www.plantnovanatives.org

 

Local retail sources specializing in native plants:

Merrifield Garden Centers – Fairfax, Falls Church, Gainesville, Manassas, VA  http://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com/Gardening-Advice/Plant—Garden-Info/Gardening-Bulletins/Plants—Habitat/Virginia-Native-Plants.aspx

By Design – Alexandria, VA; 703-683-4769, www.nature-by-design.com

This is from Brian, his email is below:

I see there is no resource related to chimineas. I actually recently finished an in-depth article on what exactly a chiminea is which might make a great addition to the page (chimineas are great for spending time around in the garden).
http://chimineaguy.com/what-is-a-chiminea/
Brian
chimineaguy.com

Books We Like

Designing with Plants, Piet Oudolf

Planting Design by Oudolf and Kingsbury

Plant-Driven Design, Scott and Laura Ogden

Seedheads in the Garden, Noel Kingsbury

The Well-Tended Perennial Garden, Tracy DiSabato-Aust

The Book of Lists, Bonnie Appleton

 

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