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When the Bloom Fades

I love it when the seasons change. During the approach to each equinox, I look forward to feeling a change in temperature, seeing the shift in the way sunlight falls, and watching the many ways that plants react to a new season. This year, our typically crisp autumn weather hasn’t been as cool as some years, but the nights will likely dip below freezing this week. With those colder temperatures, many more plants will enter dormancy or die back and, when we look at our garden beds, it's obvi...

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Creating Community Partnership with GRACE

It is said that gardening creates community. And this pleasant saying rings true each time that I tend and nurture a growing garden.

Oftentimes, as I’m tending the Children’s Square Foot Garden in front of the Mary Reinhart Stackhouse Education Center, I get many curious onlookers who are interested in what’s growing. Ultimately, they ask what’s my role at the Arboretum – they wonder whether I’m on staff or am I a volunteer?  My answer is always the same - I tell t...

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Spotted Lanternflies

By now you have probably become all too familiar with the latest invasive pest affecting the trees and plants of the mid-Atlantic region - the Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula.

The insect is a striking and some might say quite beautiful invasive planthopper that is native to Asia, mainly China, India, and Vietnam. It has since become established in South Korea, Japan, and the US. Only first discovered i...

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