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Garden Party: 8 items to add to your outdoor space this summer

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Barrel of Fun
Take your farmhouse style outdoors with a rustic planter that is sure to make your flowers pop. // Real Wood Products 25.5-in W x 17.5-in H Rustic/Weathered Oak Wood Barrel; $40

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Hello Sunshine
Skip the screen time and instead track the day with the movements of the sun. // Flowers Sundial; $95

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Cool Stool
Take a seat and admire your garden a er a long day of digging in the dirt. // Rivera Ceramic Garden Stool; $105

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For the Birds
Create a sanctuary for your feathered friends with this chic bird feeder. // Bunny Williams Bird Feeder; $79.20

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Hearty Harvest
Pick and wash your homegrown veggies in style with the help of this adorable multipurpose basket. // Gardener’s Harvest Basket; $50

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Wonder Wheels
No yard, no problem. Put this quirky bicycle planter on your front porch to spruce up your home this summer. // Soderlund Metal Bicycle Pot Planter; $126

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Splish Splash
Listen to sweet serenades as birds flock to your bird bath to keep cool during those hot summer days. // Hanging Bird Bath; $63.99

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Seeing Green
Skip the veggie garden this year and create a relaxing Zen garden centered around this tranquil frog. // Mini Tranquil Frog; $89

This post originally appeared in our June/July 2020 print issue. For more home decor inspiration, subscribe to our Home newsletter.

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Chef Spike Mendelsohn shares his top edible garden tips

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With a few pots on your balcony or a small patch of your backyard, there’s more than enough rain and sunshine to grow your own garden this year. Plus, the benefits are endless: Choose your favorite fruits and veggies, reap the rewards in your weekly meals and avoid the long lines at the grocery store. We caught up with Spike Mendelsohn, celebrity chef and restaurateur (Good Stuff Eatery in Crystal City, Vim & Victor at The St. James), who is known for his emphasis on sustainable food, to discuss what you need to start your very own successful, sustainable garden this summer.

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What’s your advice for someone who wants to start their own garden?

Especially for people that have their kids at home, there has never been a more opportune time to get the whole family gardening and cooking. I recommend starting with the easy stuff like tomatoes, lettuces and fresh herbs. Personally, I’ve been inspired by the documentary Fantastic Fungi and have started growing my own mushrooms in the yard. This is especially awesome for those who, like me, suffer from lack of sunlight in their backyard, but the moist and shady conditions are perfect for mushrooms.

What’s your favorite way to garden, depending on the space you have?

I’ve done it all—balcony, rooftop, pots, in the ground with soil. It all depends on what you have to work with. It’s part of the experience of gardening. Whatever you do, remember you have to be able to get water to the garden.

What’s the best part of starting your own gardening and cultivating from it?

Hanging with your plants, seeing the fruits of your labor, watching them from seed to sprout and eventually incorporating them into a delicious dish. It’s so rewarding.

What else would you suggest for maintaining healthy, sustainable habits and hobbies?

Lean into the plant-based movement. Never has there been a better reason to try it out and grow your own food. After the garden is going, start to dial in the chicken coop. Fresh eggs are the best!

Chef Spike’s 5 Gardening Tips

• “Find the all-day sun. This will make gardening a lot easier.”

• “Grow something you’ve never grown before.”

• “Pick and cook as you go, such as green tomatoes or squash blossoms. Using ingredients at their different growth stages can be exciting, and at the same time, help you yield more fruit.”

• “Water twice a day, early in the morning and before the sun goes down. I call it a coffee and tea watering.”

• “Get the pollination harmony going. Add flowers and hummingbird homes. Plants need some action.”

This post originally appeared in our June/July 2020 print issue. For more from local celebrity chefs and restaurateurs, subscribe to our weekly Food newsletter. 

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6 gardening apps to use this planting season

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Gardening may seem easy, but there is a lot that goes into getting a bountiful harvest. Everything from soil conditions, watering and pests play a role and that can be very daunting for a first timer. Luckily there are tons of resources to help you pick the right plants for your home, without dealing with the stress of an unsuccessful garden. Here are six gardening apps to help beginners (and experts) plant the perfect garden this summer.

Perennial Match 
Skip the vegetable garden and go floral. When picking flowers most people go for looks, but this app shows you which plants can grow together and what conditions are best for peak bloom. // Available on iOS; $4.99

Garden Answers Plant ID
Identify the plants around your home and neighborhood in a snap. If you find some plants you like, just take a picture and find out the info and where to buy it. If you have any additional questions, you can use the app to ask an expert horticulturist. // Available on Android and iOS; free 

From Seed To Spoon 
This app has everything you need to plant the perfect garden. Find everything you need to know about your plants, including growing requirements, recipes and seed information. If you notice pests are getting in the way of your harvest, identify them on the app and see what suggestions are given to get rid of the problem. // Available on Android and iOS; free

Garden Manager
Never forget to water your plants again. Garden Manager allows you to set alarms for when to water, fertilize or harvest your plants and leave notes for each plant. Track the growing process of your garden with pictures, measurements and weather conditions as a comparison for next year’s crop. // Available on Android; free

Sowing Calendar
If you are a first-time gardener, this app will help you keep track of optimum sowing and harvesting dates. Find all the information you need on your fruit and veggie plants, from info on how long the plant takes to mature to what other plants are compatible in close areas. // Available on Android; free

GrowIt! The Plant Community
Connect with fellow gardeners through the GrowIt! app. Get expert tips from the gardening community and share the progress of your own garden. Along with the social aspect, the app offers plant identification and tips for what can grow in your area and how to grow it. // Available on Android and iOS; free

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Starting a herb garden in quarantine? Here’s how to do it right

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Boredom for many is in high gear right now. It’s been almost two months since Gov. Ralph Northam enacted the stay-at-home order, and he has not definitively decided when Northern Virginia will enter phase one of reopening. In summary, Northern Virginians need something to do to keep themselves entertained.

A perk of the stay-at-home order happening in the spring is it’s the perfect time to plant a garden. And, with restaurants closing and more residents turning to their own kitchens to make meals, a herb garden is the perfect mix of productivity and fun. Plus, it comes with benefits (who doesn’t want fresh seasoning on their homemade meals?).

But, if you’ve never started a herb garden before, you may not know where to start. We asked the team over at Merrifield Garden Center, which has locations in Fairfax, Gainesville and Falls Church, to give us advice for beginners. See below for quick tips from the team.

For someone who is starting a herb garden from scratch, what are the main tools they’ll need to begin?

Most gardeners grow herbs in containers. Whether you’re planting in indoor containers or outdoor containers, you will need a hand trowel for planting and kitchen or garden scissors for harvesting. If growing outside in the ground, you will also need a sturdy shovel for cultivating the soil.

What are the easiest herbs to maintain in a garden?

Easy-to-grow herbs include basil, chives, oregano, mint, rosemary and thyme.

What is the best soil to use?

Oregano, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme and other Mediterranean herbs prefer a coarse, slightly dry soil and don’t need much fertilizer. Basil, cilantro, dill, mint and parsley grow better in a moist, well-drained, fertile soil.

How much sun does a herb garden need each day? How much water?

Most herbs need six hours of full sun per day. Basil, cilantro, mint and parsley are exceptions and will grow well with as little as three to four hours of sun per day.

In general, you should water your herb garden when the soil begins to dry out. We recommend putting your finger into the soil and watering when it feels like a slightly damp sponge. 

What are the main benefits of planting a herb garden?

Having fresh herbs to use when cooking and making cocktails! Gardening, even on a small scale, is a mood-boosting activity and has been shown to increase happiness, similar to biking or walking.

For indoor herb gardens, is there anything readers should know that differs from outdoor herb gardens? 

You can grow your herb garden indoors or outdoors. Indoor herb gardens are typically not as productive as outdoor herb gardens given the lack of sufficient sunlight. If you are planting your herb garden indoors, choose a location with as much direct sun as possible, such as a garden window. If window light is a challenge in your space, you can also use a plant light.  

What are the biggest mistakes beginners make with herb gardens?

Over watering. Herbs are generally easy to grow but beginners will sometimes kill them with kindness. Always check the soil to see if it is moist to slightly dry before watering. Mint is an exception and will thrive in moist to wet conditions.

Is it better to start a herb garden with seeds or plants?

Many of the most popular herbs, including oregano, marjoram, rosemary, sage, tarragon and thyme, will take two or more years to grow from seed to harvest. If you’d like a harvest this year, we recommend purchasing those herbs as plants. Basil, dill, cilantro, chives, fennel and parsley grow quickly and easily from seed. Growing from seed can save the expense of purchasing plants, but will take some additional time.

Should you plant flowers with herbs or is this a no-no?

This is an absolute yes-yes! Dill, fennel and parsley are all host plants for swallowtail butterflies and make great additions to a butterfly garden. Allowing herbs to flower may reduce the productivity of the herb, but basil and chive blooms are beautiful and provide pollen and nectar for bees. Hummingbirds will also feed on the flowers of sage. 

Any other general tips?

It’s important to group herbs with similar environmental and cultural needs. For example, lavender, rosemary, sage and thyme all thrive in sunny, slightly dry conditions and make good companions. Basil prefers more moisture and some protection from strong sun and wind and would not thrive in the same conditions as the others. Mint and its relatives (lemon balm, horehound, etc.) spread aggressively from underground stems. They will out-compete other herbs and will be easier to manage if grown separately in their own pot or corner of the garden.

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Freshen up your at-home garden with help from Mount Vernon Estate

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As the weather warms up and rainy days become a norm here in Northern Virginia, many have taken the time to turn a small patch of land into a garden landscape. And, while gardening is a great hobby to take part in during the global pandemic, it can also be quite challenging if you don’t know where to start. 

Lucky for you, there are plenty of plant experts in the NoVA region who can help, including the horticulturists at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, who have launched several virtual offerings to better your garden this spring as the stay-at-home order remains in place. 

On April 23, Mount Vernon started its annual Historic Plant & Garden Sale in honor of George Washington’s early days as a plantsman and a farmer. While typically this affair serves as an opportunity for local residents to explore the gardens of the estate and purchase plants grown on the property, this year the sale is taking place entirely online. The sale will continue until all flora and plants are sold out. Then, on Friday, May 1, Sunday, May 3, Tuesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 7, shoppers will have the opportunity to come to Mount Vernon and pick up their items curbside.

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In addition to plants, annuals, perennials and heirlooms, online shoppers can choose from The General’s Choice plant line this year, which were inspired by the estate and designed by Greenhouse Manager Melanie Welles Creamer. The varieties include American beautyberry, American boxwood, common fig and so much more, all of which can be added to your at-home garden. Mount Vernon is also currently selling various garden accessories online, such as colonial black lanterns, suncatchers, a distressed outdoor clock and more.  

While the Historic Plant & Garden Sale will only last about two weeks, aspiring gardeners can learn from Mount Vernon experts through several live and pre-recorded videos found on the organization’s website. The most recent course? A container gardening workshop, hosted by Welles Creamer. 

For a full schedule of Mount Vernon’s daily workshops, which vary in topic each week, click here. Plus, Mount Vernon has a variety of other garden-focused resources, including virtual tours and fact sheets of the grounds, history lessons on gardening’s roots and so much more to keep you informed and entertained at home.

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Why you should take a road trip to The Philadelphia Flower Show this week

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As winter is officially coming to an end, it’s time to start thinking about the spring season. Typically consisting of cleaning up the garden, growing new flora and prepping for warmer days, for those looking for a little inspiration for their garden this season, head to the Philadelphia Flower Show, being held in the City of Brotherly Love through Sunday, March 8. 

In its 191st year, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will celebrate the spring season by hosting the nation’s largest and longest-running horticultural-focused event inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center. From Saturday, Feb. 29 through Sunday, March 8, the convention center will be filled with rare displays of the world’s premier floral and landscape designers, competitions, gardening presentations and various special events.   

This year’s theme is Riviera Holiday, immersing locals and visitors alike in the sights, scents and tastes of the region, including plants like citrus trees and lavender brushes. With 28 exhibits, ranging in style from modern to traditional, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.  Plus, the 2020 show features five new landscape designers who are traveling from Nice, France to showcase their work. 

Throughout the weeklong affair, individuals of all ages can hear from experts in the field, learn about the most recent trends in garden work and participate in hands-on sessions to strengthen their green thumbs. For a full list of events, as well as hotel packages still available, click here.

Below, find images from previous years of the decades-old affair. // Pennsylvania Convention Center: 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; $17-$75

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Why you should take a road trip to The Philadelphia Flower Show this week

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As winter is officially coming to an end, it’s time to start thinking about the spring season. Typically consisting of cleaning up the garden, growing new flora and prepping for warmer days, for those looking for a little inspiration for their garden this season, head to the Philadelphia Flower Show, being held in the City of Brotherly Love through Sunday, March 8. 

In its 191st year, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will celebrate the spring season by hosting the nation’s largest and longest-running horticultural-focused event inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center. From Saturday, Feb. 29 through Sunday, March 8, the convention center will be filled with rare displays of the world’s premier floral and landscape designers, competitions, gardening presentations and various special events.   

This year’s theme is Riviera Holiday, immersing locals and visitors alike in the sights, scents and tastes of the region, including plants like citrus trees and lavender brushes. With 28 exhibits, ranging in style from modern to traditional, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.  Plus, the 2020 show features five new landscape designers who are traveling from Nice, France to showcase their work. 

Throughout the weeklong affair, individuals of all ages can hear from experts in the field, learn about the most recent trends in garden work and participate in hands-on sessions to strengthen their green thumbs. For a full list of events, as well as hotel packages still available, click here.

Below, find images from previous years of the decades-old affair. // Pennsylvania Convention Center: 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; $17-$75

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5 home-focused coffee table books being released in March

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Need new inspiration for your house’s interior design or just simply love taking a look at beautiful homes? Pre-order these new coffee table books, featuring great photos and tips on all-things home, which hit store shelves in March. You’ll not only get expert tips, but the books serve as home decor all on their own too. Below, find details on all six.

 

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Live Beautiful basking in the morning sun! I realized I haven’t shared much about the overall concept of the book. My initial goal was to create a coffee table book with arresting photography that documented the personal homes of designers. Abrams wanted an actionable book that offered the reader a take away, something to learn. Thankfully we found the perfect middle ground. Being the curious creature that I am, I always want to dissect and understand the smaller, seemingly insignificant choices that accumulate along the creative journey — the alchemy of how beautiful design comes together. I do feel I have successfully struck the balance in creating an elevated design book while distilling actionable tips for the reader. I am fortunate to call @amyastley a friend and beyond grateful for her thoughtful words taken from the forward — they truly encompass what #livebeautiful is about — “Athena unpacks the personal style and clever solutions behind each space. The accompanying text, in her clear and instructional, yet warmly affirmational voice, offers up practical suggestions for anyone eager to re-imagine their own environment.” THANK YOU AMY. I can’t wait to share this book with you all! March 3rd is the pub date but you can preorder now!

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Live Beautiful
By Athena Calderone
Creator of lifestyle blog EyeSwoon, Athena Calderone wrote this book in hopes of improving the quality of home spaces, and the quality of live for those living in the spaces too. Inside, you’ll get a glimpse into how interior decorators, fashion designers and tastemakers carefully craft interiors. You may even see two of Calderone’s own residences inside. // Available March 3; $36

She Made Herself a Home: A Practical Guide to Design, Organize, and Give Purpose to Your Space
By Rachel Van Kluyve
Rachel Van Kluyve of blog Crate & Cottage teamed up with other home decor bloggers to create this practical guide to designing your home. With full-page photos of intentional spaces and budget-friendly tips, you’ll find yourself brainstorming updates to your own home. // Available March 17; $17.49

 

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Hello dear friends! Today I’m so thrilled to officially reveal the cover for my next book, London in Bloom! We’ve been shooting styled content today for the launch on March 17 and I just didn’t want to wait any longer to show you (I sneaked a peek recently in stories). Sharp eyes have noticed that this image was taken at the beautiful @peggyporschenofficial Belgravia location and I couldn’t be happier that my publisher chose it for the cover. The book is already available for preorder worldwide (see stockists at the link in my profile) and as I’ve mentioned before, preorders are increasing valuable to a successful book launch. If you do preorder, hang on to your receipt as soon I’ll announce the preorder gifts – they are off the chart this time! Take a look at the link in my profile for a peek into the interior pages, too! And I just want to say thank you to all of you all over the globe who have my books. I create them for YOU, to take you along with me to discover the wondrous beauty I find on my travels. More Paris always @aparisianmoment

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London in Bloom
By Georgianna Lane
Showcasing the English city in spring with florals in full bloom, this coffee table book includes shots from parks, gardens, florists and flower markets in London. There is also a field guide of common spring-blooming trees and shrubs and a step-by-step guide on how to create your own London-style bouquet. // Available March 17; $17.99

At Home in the English Countryside: Designers and Their Dogs
By Susanna Salk
Celebrating the country life in England, this book includes British country homes and gardens owned by some of the world’s most famous designers, as well as their dogs. Designers included are Paolo Moschino, Kit Kemp and Veere Grenney. // Available March 17; $36.70

 

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So thrilled that my other baby, the book that I worked on for six years (Seriously!), is finally available for pre-order on Amazon. I’m so proud of this project. The book is filled with anecdotal histories of all the objects that make our house, a home. So I’ve written about the history of the sofa and the duvet cover and the fork…. and more! The project was beautifully illustrated by @alicepattullo Right now, everything is off to the printers! Preorders are so important for authors and book sales (It’s often how retailers decide how much to order). So if it’s something you’re interested in, don’t wait until March (particularly if you have mommy brain, like I do!), preorder and it will be sent to you hot off the presses! Westlake Legal Group 1f495 5 home-focused coffee table books being released in March style shopping interior design interior decorating Home Resources home inspiration Home & Design Home gardens gardening garden coffee tables coffee table books Books  (Link in profile)

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The Elements of a Home: Curious Histories behind Everyday Household Objects, from Pillows to Forks
By Amy Azzarito
Find the history behind over 60 everyday household objects and furnishings in this coffee table book full of anecdotes and trivia. Expect to learn how napkins got their start, why forks were once seen as immoral tools of the devil and how Plato made one of the earliest alarm clocks. // Available March 17; $19.95

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Here’s what to expect at the upcoming Capital Remodel and Garden Show

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With the warmer temperatures and the lack of winter weather this year, it’s not hard to believe that it’s almost time to get your garden in shape for the 2020 season. 

To get yourself prepared, add the Capital Remodel and Garden Show to your calendar for the weekend of Feb. 21 to 23. Just like in years past, the Dulles Expo Center will be filled with featured gardens that allow attendees to explore different flower beds, water features, modern gardening accessories, greenery options and more. 

At the Flower Market, presented by Merrifield Garden Center, find take-home items for your home, whether indoor or outdoor. You might leave with a small potted succulent or unique items to brighten up your home before the seasons change. 

The main stage will host George Oliphant, host of George to the Rescue on NBC, and Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, who will both discuss various topics related to home remodeling, easy house and garden fixes and more. 

Once you’re done observing, learning and exploring, be sure to check out all of the local vendors that are ready to provide all of the home services you could be in the market for. Want to save a few bucks when attending? Check the website for daily military and metro deals. // Dulles Expo Center: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly; $9-$12

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Want to compost but not in your backyard? Here’s where to drop off organic waste across NoVA

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In recent years, Northern Virginia counties have introduced several regulations in an effort to increase local residents’ impact on the environment. From the newly implemented purple bins for glass recycling to programs centered on water conservation, sustainability reform is constantly popping up throughout NoVA. 

One way to can take part in lowering your carbon footprint on your own in 2020 is through composting—an easy, effective and often misunderstood form of repurposing organic material as fertilizer to help plants grow. 

According to the United States Environmental Agency, food scraps and yard waste currently make up more than 28% of what we throw away, ultimately ending up in landfills and releasing potent greenhouse gas methane into the air. Yet if composted, these organic materials can enrich soul, reduce the need for chemical fertilizers and encourage the production of beneficial bacteria that breaks down organic matter.

For those who don’t want to make a compost garden in their backyard, there are plenty of sites in the region where you can drop off your organic waste and here, we share them all.

Alexandria 

Old Town Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon
Market Square: 301 King St., Alexandria

Del Ray Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon
Corner of East Oxford Avenue and Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria 

Four Mile Run Farmers’ Market
Sundays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
4109 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria

Arlington County

Earth Products Recycling Yard
Monday-Friday, 5 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturdays, 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
4300 29th St. S., Arlington

Pike Park Farmers Market
Sundays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
2820 Columbia Pike, Arlington 

Fairfax County

Composting Center
Open 24 hours daily
Fairfax City Hall: 10455 Armstrong St., Fairfax

City of Falls Church

City Hall and Community Center parking lot
Open 24 hours daily
300 Park Ave., Falls Church

Prince William County

Balls Ford Road Compost Facility (BFDC Facility)
Monday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
13000 Balls Ford Road, Manassas

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