Gardening Resources

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

  • Help Desk  703-324-8556
  • Email
  • Online Plant Guide
  • Fairfax County Plant Clinics (May – October)    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.

kokedamaresources(Japanese Moss Balls)

kokedama(Japanese Moss Balls)

Virginia Tech – Virginia Cooperative Extension: A treasure trove of information for home gardeners, all specific to Virginia.

Virginia Tech weed identification guide 

Virginia Tech insect identification lab

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.

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

Maryland Home and Garden Landscape Problem Solver

Herbicide and pesticide labels, reference library

Monarch butterflies: education, conservation, setting up a way-station

Pest Management Guide – Virginia Tech:  Treatments to eliminate and/or control insects and diseases of fruit, vegetables, ornamentals, lawns, yards

Do it yourself pest control

NC State Dept. of Horticultural Science

USDA Database

Fine Gardening Magazine

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. 

The National Wildlife Federation

Ideas for managing to garden through lifestyle changes, age, infirmity,  work, changes in financial circumstances

Information on pesticides and alternatives

Pronunciation guide for plant names; how to; designs and more

Metro DC Lawn and Garden Blog; native plant database, gardening tips

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.

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.

U.S. National Arboretum

Blandy Experimental Farm, UVA

Natural Resource Conservation Service provides an extensive database and plant lists

Deer resistant plant ideas

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

LYME DISEASE Power Point  (Click to download presentation)

Tick handbook

Homeowner guide to planting trees, flowers, vegetables and more plants

Weeds Gone Wild: Plant Conservation Alliance

Invasive Plant List of Virginia

Beginner’s Guide to Gardening and Landscaping (DIY)

The Helpful Gardener – a friendly gardening forum:

Audubon Society native plants database (searchable by zip code):

Garden fence kits to keep out deer and other pests:

Local Botanical Gardens

Green Spring Gardens

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Native plants:

Bringing Nature Home: includes information on the number of butterflies and moths supported by each plant

Virginia Native Plants Society

North Carolina Extension Service

List of plants native to each Virginia county

Virginia Tech brochure, Native Plant Garden for Pollinators

Native plants and natural landscapes

Virginia Wildflowers

Guide to Northern Virginia native plants from Virginia Native Plant Society


Local retail sources specializing in native plants:

Merrifield Garden Centers – Fairfax, Falls Church, Gainesville, Manassas, VA—Garden-Info/Gardening-Bulletins/Plants—Habitat/Virginia-Native-Plants.aspx

By Design – Alexandria, VA; 703-683-4769,

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).

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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