Gardening Resources

I.  General Gardening Information

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 Gardening and Plant Clinic Information – http://fairfaxgardening.org.  At this site you will be able to find a listing of Plant Clinics around the county.  Master Gardeners are available to answer questions, help submit plant samples to diagnose diseases and pests.  This service is free through the Fairfax County Extension Office.  At the Plant Clinics and all Fairfax County Libraries, there are free Soil Test Kits available  – just ask the librarian.

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

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

The National Wildlife Federation www.nwf.org

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

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

ReviewLab has an in-depth guide called the “Ultimate Guide to Gardening Resources” http://www.reviewlab.com/gardening-guide/

Lots of useful gardening information https://awaytogarden.com

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

Maryland Home and Garden Landscape Problem Solver www.extension.umd.edu/hgic

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

Need to sign up to be on listserv /email a request  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

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

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/

Your guide to everything gardening www.gardenguides.com

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

Deer resistant plant ideas   www.myohiolandscape.com

Japanese Moss Balls  https://www.kokedamaresources.com

Gardening Supplies https://www.gardeners.com

Great Gardening Information  https://davesgarden.com

Ashley, 5th Grader in Kingston, NY sent this website about a Kid’s Guide to Planting A Flower Garden https://www.avasflowers.net/kids-guide-to-planting-a-flower-garden

II.  Weeds

Virginia Tech Weed Identification Guide http://oak.ppws.vt.edu/~flessner/weedguide/

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

To help identify Weeds http://www.weedalert.com

The Nature Conservancy Invasive Plants  www.nature.org/maryland/invasives

National Park Service Alien Plants  www.nps.gov/plants/alien

USDA Invasive Species Information  www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov

Lawn Weed Identification https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/lawns/lawn-weed-identification

Common Weeds Found In Lawns and Gardens  https://garden.org/learn/library/weeds

III.    Garden Insects and Pests

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

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

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

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

IV.     Trees – Shrubs- Groundcovers

Great resource for identifying  plants and  their growing conditions
www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/plantfinder/plantfindersearch.aspx

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

Information of Growing Roses  www.rosemania.com

All About Hydrangeas www.hydrangeashydrangeas.com

Information On Tree Care http://www.treesare good.org

V.  Perennials – Annuals – Bulbs – Groundcovers

Great resource for identifying  plants and  their growing conditions
www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/plantfinder/plantfindersearch.aspx

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

Uncommon and Astonishing Plants http://www.louistheplantgeek.com

Perennials 101  http://www.perennials.com

Information on Planting  and Growing Bulbs  https://www.americanmeadows.com/planting-flower-bulbs

Planting and Caring for Bulbs   http://extension.illinois.edu/bulbs/planting.cfm

10 Great Ground Covers  https://awaytogarden.com/slideshow-10-great-groundcovers-to-rely-upon/

A List of Groundcovers  http://www.onlineplantguide.com/Plants/GroundCovers.aspx

VI.     Native Plants

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

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

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


VII.    Plant Societies – Organizations – Blogs

 American Horticultural Society http://www.ahsgardening.org

 American Hydrangea Society www.americanhydrangeasociety.org

American Hosta Society www.americanhostasociety.org

Arlington Rose Foundation www.arlingtonrose.org

American Dahlia Society www.dahlia.org

American Daffodil Society www.daffodilusa.org

American Camellia Society www.americancamellias.com

The American Boxwood Society www.boxwoodsociety.org

American Fern Society www.amerfernsoc.org

Herb Society of America www.herbsociety.org

The American Orchid Society www.aos.org

VIII.   Local Botanical Gardens

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

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

United States Botanic  Garden  www.usbg.gov

Brookside Gardens https://www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/brookside-gardens/

Smithsonian Gardens  http://www.gardens.si.edu

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens    https://www.nps.gov/keaq/spring-into-life.htm

The United States National Arboretum  http://www.usna.usda.gov

Lovely Gardens and Educational Programs https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring/

Walking Gardens and Research Center  https://www.doaks.org/visit/gardens

Historic Gardens and Mansion  https://www.oatlands.org/historic-gardens/

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA  http://www.lewisginter.org

IX.      Tick Disease Information

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

Lyme Disease Power Point  (Click to download presentation)

Tick handbook

Information on Lyme Disease and Ticks  https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/index.html

Tickborne Diseases of the United States  https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/index.html

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

Bringing Nature Home Douglas W. Tallamy

The Right-size Flower Garden  Kerry Ann Mendez

Herbaceous Perennial Plants  Allan M. Armitage  Third Edition

Manual of Woody Landscape Plants  Michael A. Dirr

Flora of Virginia  Weakley, Ludwig,Townsend

The Art of Gardening  R. William Thomas

Garden Revolution  Larry Weaner and Thomas Christopher

Weeds of North America  Richard Dickinson and France Royer

Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants  C. Colston Burrell

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