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July 7, 2017

“Invasives: Bullies of the Plant World” workshop set

Common English ivy may look pretty, but it can stunt and damage native trees.
A free presentation, “Invasives: Bullies of the Plant World,” will take place Tuesday, July 18, in Warrenton.

The Fauquier County Master Gardeners and Virginia Cooperative Extension will sponsor the workshop. It will begin at 6 p.m. in the extension office at 24 Pelham St. in Warrenton.

Invasive plants constitute a growing problem in local gardens and the landscape. Those vines, trees, grasses, shrubs and herbaceous plants from other parts of the world have overtaken native vegetation in some areas.

Master Gardener Winny Buursink will explain how to identify and manage the invaders. She will show samples of common invasives in our area and discuss responsible ways to better control them. Ms. Buursink also will share suggestions on native alternatives to grow.

“Invasives: Bullies of the Plant World” is part of the Fauquier/Rappahannock Master Gardeners’ Twilight Tuesdays program, a series of horticultural classes held from spring to fall each year. Horticultural experts and seasoned Master Gardeners lead the workshops that cover a broad range of topics.

The program is free of charge and open to the public, rain or shine. It will last 60 to 90 minutes. Organizers recommend registering and arriving early.

To register or for more information, please contact the Master Gardener Help Desk at 540-341-7950, Ext. 1, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For more information about the Master Gardener program and upcoming events visit

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