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New River Farm Garden Showcases Native Plants

The Clara B. Plein Memorial Garden reflects the collaborative achievement and generous support of multiple landscaping and nursery companies across the region. Some of the attendees included Matt Zuccari (Ruppert), Sophia Ciallela (Ruppert), Cole Stoy (Ruppert), Scott Plein (White House Farm Foundation and American Horticultural Society), Joan Honeyman (Jordan Honeyman Landscape Architecture), Kris Alvarez (KT Enterprises), Matt Teese (South Riding Nurseries), and Matt Deivert (South Riding Nurseries). (Photos courtesy of the American Horticultural Society)

Alexandria, VA – A new garden showcasing native plants in a traditional Virginia landscape setting now resides at River Farm, the American Horticultural Society’s (AHS) headquarters. Inspired by the backyard of a beloved gardener, the Clara B. Plein Memorial Garden was unveiled on June 7.

Scott Plein, Chair of the AHS Board of Directors, made a toast and cut the ribbon to celebrate the garden dedicated to his beloved grandmother.
A new garden showcasing native plants in a traditional Virginia landscape setting now resides at River Farm, the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society.

Inspired by her grandson, Scott Plein, Chair of the AHS Board of Directors, in partnership with numerous horticultural companies and experts, the Clara B. Plein Memorial Garden features 2,400 individual plants across 30 species, comprising 68% native plants and 32% native cultivars. Plants were selected for their ability to support pollinators, create habitat, improve air and soil quality, and provide food for humans and wildlife.

ICYMI: River Farm Unveils New Native Garden: Clara B. Plein Memorial Garden

Marlene Miller

Marlene Miller has lived in, and written about, Mount Vernon for decades. She raised her family here, her two children graduating from area public schools. After retiring from over 16 years of publishing her own newspaper, The Zebra has tempted her back to community journalism

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