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AutumnFest at Glencarlyn Library Community Garden was a huge success thanks to all the Master Gardener support. Read more.


Fall Public Education Events

Tuesday, October 21―Home Composting With Leaf Litter, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. Learn how to use all those autumn leaves to enrich and improve your garden soil. This program will provide basic instructions and information on how to start composting at home, what to put in a compost pile, how to maintain it so the materials break down properly, and how to make good use of finished compost.  Advance registration is requested. Free. Register here, call 703-228-6414 or e-mail mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Thursday, October 23―Trees of Walter Reed, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th St. S., Arlington. Arlington County Extension Agent Kirsten Buhls and VCE Master Gardeners will briefly discuss tree selection for specific locations, followed by a tree walk to see the varieties of trees at the center. Advance registration is requested. Free. Presented for the Over 55 Senior Center at Walter Reed. To register, contact Marcia Kot, Senior Center Manager, at 703-228-0949 or email mkot@arlingtonva.us.

Saturday, October 25―Fall Vegetable Gardening, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria. Learn how to extend the growing season with crops that can and should be grown in the fall. This program will also focus on putting the garden to bed, tool clean-up and planning for next year.  Advance registration is requested. Free. Register here, call 703-228-6414 or e-mail mgarlalex@gmail.com.


Sunny Garden Renovations 2014 With the support of their team of Master Gardener volunteers and interns, coordinators Kate Donohue and Joe Kelly have undertaken a second year of renovations in the Sunny Garden. Read more about their work.


 

The Long View – Meditations on Gardening

We garden to achieve that space that gladdens our eyes, lends peace to our souls, and calms our harried minds on days when life seems to run away from us. Enjoy more.


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Passiflora incarnata, Passion Flower, Maypops

Tried and True Plants for the Mid-Atlantic 

Found naturally in rocky slopes, fence rows, and thickets, the purple and white fragrant flowers and edible fruit of Passion Flower make this unique vine an interesting plant for the garden.  The common name “Maypops” refers to the hollow fruit which pops loudly when crushed. Read more.


VCE Plant Clinics

Plant clinics sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension are gearing up for the 2014 gardening season in Arlington and Alexandria. All are staffed by VCE Master Gardeners, who answer general gardening questions as well as questions about pests and diseases and plant identification. They also provide free soil test kits on request. Find one near you:


Upcoming Master Gardener of Northern Virginia (MGNV) Events

Our upcoming events are listed in this calendar. For more information on any event, use the Event Calendar menu above to see full writeups. If you have any questions about an event, contact the Helpdesk at mgarlalex@gmail.com or 703-228-6414. Click here to view events of interest to gardeners in the greater D.C. area.