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Friday, July 27, 2007

Summer Gardening

Want to know what to plant around a patio that doesn’t attract bees; how to prune leggy roses to get more blossoms at the bottom; or the correct time of year to move lily bulbs? For answers to these and other questions, you can visit a Neighborhood Plant Clinic at the library branches below. Each year, Fairfax County Master Gardeners make themselves available at community locations to share their expertise. But if you can’t get to your local library branch when the experts are there, here are a few resources that may help you improve your green thumb:

Tending Your Garden: A Year-Round Guide to Garden Maintenance
by Gordon Hayward
Down and Dirty by Ellen Zachos
Complete Home Gardening by Miranda Smith
New Garden Book by Scott Aker
Butterfly Gardening: Creating Summer Magic by The Xerces Society

July 28 and August 4 from 10 a.m. – noon at the Kings Park Library
July 30 and August 6 from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Pohick Regional Library
July 31 and August 7 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Pohick Regional Library
August 4 and August 25 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library

Neighborhood Plant Clinics. The Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association gives tips and strategies. Cosponsored by the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service. Adults. No registration is required.

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