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Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia

Best Free Gardening Advice

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Not sure how to combat the aphids that have infested your hydrangeas, or why those newly planted azaleas are already turning yellow? Ask one of the experts of Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (MGNV), a volunteer organization that partners with the Virginia Cooperative Extension to promote environmentally responsible gardening practices. To receive the Master Gardener designation, volunteers must complete more than 60 hours of classroom and field training, plus another 60-hour internship, so rest assured they know their subject and won’t steer you wrong. MGNV maintains six local demonstration gardens, and its plant whisperers offer a help desk (703-228-6414) and various horticultural clinics at local libraries and farmers markets.

–Jenny Sullivan