It’s time to check out the Fall Herb Supplement to the monthly post, Between the Rows – A Guide to Vegetable Gardening for vegetable and herb gardening!
Here you will find additional information on growing and using garden herbs. VCE supports local gardeners with a host of resources, including free classes, plant clinics and this newsletter. Want to know more? Subscribe here to receive future editions.
All the Herb Supplements are available at VCE Garden Guide under Resources on the MGNV site.
Eastern Prickly-Pear (formerly O. compressa) is unique. Its natural habitat is in scattered pockets from Ontario, Canada, to Florida and Louisiana, rather than the Southwest. Though infrequent throughout Virginia, it is native to Fairfax and Prince William counties. Like many of its desert relatives, it is edible, but handle with care! Learn more . . .
The following public education programs scheduled by VCE Master Gardeners in Arlington and Alexandria in October 2019 are open to all, but space may be limited.
To reserve a spot, please register online.
In October we celebrate the farmers and gardeners who provide the bounty of food we enjoy. Several events are being held in Arlington and Alexandria, including VCE Master Gardener programs and Garden Talks at the Arlington Central Library on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. See below for specific events.
Two Special Events:
Join Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture at Barley Mac in Rosslyn on Thursday, October 3 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. for the October Urban Agriculture Month Kickoff Event & Social Hour – enjoy food and refreshments, and learn how we can accelerate urban agriculture initiatives in Arlington. Special guest speaker Wythe Marschall, a national expert in vertical and indoor farming, will lead a discussion on how we can transplant best practices from New York City and European cities to grow a sustainable, just and secure food system in Arlington.
On Friday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Arlington Arts Center, 3553 Wilson Blvd,EcoAction Arlington will hold its 2019 EcoExtravaganza. This year’s theme will focus on Celebrating Our Waterways from Source to Sea – a critical part of urban agriculture.
The Hunt Scene is recognized internationally as the symbol of Ladew Topiary Gardens.
Located about 75 miles from Northern Virginia, the Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton, Maryland, are a great destination for a day trip. The manor house and 22 acres of gardens, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, were originally the property of Harvey S. Ladew (1887-1976), a man of leisure and a self-taught gardener.
Come visit the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden for AutumnFest, a lively celebration of fall, herbs and nature. There’s much to learn during three educational presentations
11 a.m. with “Grow Your Own Herbal Teas,” – participants will learn about plants and recipes to create the most soothing and tasty libations.
12 noon – “Succulents for Small Spaces,” – look at how to hop on board with one of the hottest trends in home and garden décor
1 pm “Container Gardening Made Simple,” – an introduction to bringing beauty and food into your life using pots.
AutumnFest also offers native and other plants perfect for fall planting; autumnal décor; the opportunity to consult with Extension Master Gardeners, Tree Stewards and Audubon at Home Ambassadors; a chance to visit the Colonial Ball-Sellers House; vendors selling hand-made pots, hand-crafted jewelry, reusable recycled bags and herbal treats with recipes to try at home.
Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Native to a large portion of North America from eastern Canada into much of the United States, this lovely wetland wildflower shines with brilliant scarlet flowers, which are a favorite of hummingbirds.