VCE Plant Clinics Gearing Up for Gardening Season

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:


Other VCE Events in May

May 7, 14, 21, and 28, Wednesday evening programs series on Urban Gardening 7 to 9 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. This series, taught by Arlington Food Assistance Center volunteers and VCE Master Gardeners, is designed to teach gardening skills to a wide audience. Topics to include: Garden Structures & Vertical Gardening; Herbs and Herb Container Gardens; No Room? No Problem―Growing Food in Small Spaces; Edible Landscaping. Learn more.

Wednesday, May 14—Urban Agriculture: Vegetable Gardening 101, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington 22204. Join VCE Master Gardeners and Horticultural Agent Kirsten Buhls to learn the basics of seed  starting, soil preparation, and when and where to plant. To register, call 703-228-6414 or e-mail mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Saturday, May 17—Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Space # 13, Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd, Alexandria. Shady perennials, sunny perennials, natives and more. Grown in the gardens of Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners and in VCE Demonstration Gardens in Arlington and Alexandria.

Thursday, May 22—Composting for Home Gardeners, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. 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. To register, call 703-228-6414 or e-mail mgarlalex@gmail.com.


What happened to my shrubs?

Did your evergreen shrubs lose their leaves this winter, and you’re not sure why or what to do about it? If so, click here.


imageAsarum canadense, Wild Ginger

Tried and True Plants for the Mid-Atlantic 

This native of rich deciduous forests in eastern North America is not related to culinary ginger, although early Americans used it as a substitute.  It features two velvety heart-shaped leaves, and will naturalize to create a lush ground cover in shade. It was named 2010 Wildflower of the Year by the Virginia Native Plant Society. Read more.


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.