MGNV Speakers Bureau – See What We Are All About!

As we mentioned in last week’s blog about the MGNV Speakers Bureau, we offer programs in five basic topics year-round. Each is in demand, with most requests for composting and container gardening:

Composting. How to recycle your fall leaves, grass clippings, and garden and kitchen waste to enrich your soil. It helps your plants and saves space in our landfills.

Container gardening. How to grow flowers, herbs, and vegetables successfully even in small spaces, such as a balcony, patio, or deck.

Gardening for Life. How to prepare for garden activities, use tools and pesticides safely, and reduce garden maintenance chores.

Lawn care. How and when to seed, fertilize, mow, and water your lawn to maintain healthy, weed-free turf.

Vegetable gardening. How and why to adopt environmentally friendly organic practices and reap the harvest of your own vegetables.

We also organized or participated in 10 events on a wide range of other topics, such as schoolyard gardens, pollinators, trees and shrubs, shade gardening, landscape design, gardening in historic spaces, butterfly gardening, bulbs, wreathmaking.

In 2012, we will be adding three more topics to our standard programs: Waterwise Gardening, Pruning, and Managing Local Insect and Disease Pests.

Stay tuned for details about the Speakers Bureau’s next exciting event, a seed-starting demonstration at Arlington Library on Sunday, 5 February!

For more information or to request a speaker, contact the Master Gardener Help Desk at 703-228-6414 or

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