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Fall Public Education Events

Edible Landscaping With Trees and Shrubs, VCE Arlington County Horticulture Agent Kirsten Buhls will present a program on Edible Landscaping With Trees and Shrubs on Thursday, September 25, from 9 a.m. to noon at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. The program, part of Arlington County’s Urban Agriculture series, will focus on maximizing garden space using edible nut, fruit and berry-producing plants, with emphasis on those that are native to Virginia. It will also cover low-maintenance, bee-friendly approaches to growing fruit in the urban landscape and resources for fruit producers available from Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. The program is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. To register, call 703-228-6414 or e-mail mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 4―Gardening With Spring Bulbs, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Barrett Bry have wondered what to plant, which bulbs are less tasty to squirrels and other wildlife, how to select among the many options and how to store the bulbs until planting time. This program will address these and other questions. Advance registration is requested. Free. Register here, call 703-228-6414 or e-mail mgarlalex@gmail.com.

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.


Itea virginica, Virginia Sweetspire itea-virginicaTried and True Plants for the Mid-Atlantic  Fragrant, showy four-inch spires of white blossoms fall from arching stems in late spring into July.  In autumn, its leaves turn a vibrant red to orange.  A native favorite, this shrub hasgraceful open growth habit, and does best in part-shade with moist soil. 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.