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Joan McIntyre, a Master Gardener of Northern Virginia (MGNV), talks to bystanders about sustainability and an overall focus on reducing the amount of fertilizer and energy that goes into maintaining a yard. She stresses the importance of native plants. The Junior Master Gardener and Outdoor Explorer program at six elementary schools in 2017 reached 130 students with the support of 31 volunteers. MGNV is available to assist in plant selection, planting practices, pest and disease control in Arlington and Alexandria.

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