Requests Start to Sprout for the MGNV Speakers Bureau

By Carol Rosen

Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted six more weeks of winter when he emerged in early February, but that’s when spring started for the MGNV Speakers Bureau. Regardless of the cold and snow, a good crop of ten Arlington and Alexandria groups have requested presentations or displays on spring gardening topics in February, March, and April 2013.  Altogether, nineteen Master Gardeners and interns volunteered to meet those requests:

February 13: Carol Rosen talked to the Northridge Civic Association in Alexandria about Getting Ready for Spring.

February 15: Jane King gave a presentation on Gardening for Life to the Bellevue Garden Club in Arlington.

February 21: The Rosslyn Business Improvement District, in support of its public art project “Yarn Bomb” invited Kay Morrell and Carol Rosen to entertain volunteer knitters and crocheters, who are making yarn representations of native plants to decorate the barren streetscape in Rosslyn. Carol talked about the long history of botanical illustration, and Kay described many beautiful plants that once thrived in Rosslyn.

March 7: Edible Landscaping is a popular topic, too. Nancy Dowling gave a colorful slide show on decorative and delicious vegetables to the Wilton Woods Garden Club in Alexandria.

March 13: Carol Kilroy has become the go-to gardener for the Aurora Hills Senior Center in Arlington. She gave a talk on Spring Gardening, assisted by Beth Tindal.

March 14: Bellevue Garden Club came back to us for another program, following their request in February. Jean Shirhall and Jane Wickens spoke to their members on organic vegetable gardening.

March 20: Master Naturalists invited us to staff an information table on soil testing and composting at Arlington Central Library. Cheri Harris, Mary Frase, Karen Smagala Hendricks, and Liz Pittleman helped with that event.

March 20: Westover Library in Arlington requested a program on composting and vegetable gardening. Carol Rosen, Oren Swain, and Nancy Dowling, assisted by Judy Salveson, combined to talk about sustainable soil and gardening practices, with emphasis on composting and edible landscaping.

April 15: Carol Kilroy again spoke at the Aurora Hills Senior Center in Arlington in honor of Earth Day. She was assisted by Denise Dieter.

April 18: The Arlington Women’s Club requested an information table on general gardening advice as a highlight for their outdoor fair. Alyssa Ford Morel, Kim Haun, Christine Friedel, and Joan Lynch all volunteered to help at this event.

We ask civic associations, garden clubs, and other private groups to make a donation in support of our public education efforts when they request a speaker. So far this year, these donations have brought in $275.

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