MG Events September 2015

VCE Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (Alexandria/Arlington) have scheduled the following free events in September 2015. We hope you will be able to share this information widely with your organizations, neighbors and friends.

Saturday, Sept. 12, Edibles, Containers, and Making it Through the Winter, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22204. Discover the basics of incorporating edible plants into container gardens that not only look attractive but also can survive harsh winter conditions. Registration requested. Sign up at mgnv.org. Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Sunday, Sept. 13, Organic Vegetable Garden Taste and Tour, 1 to 4 p.m., Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington 22207. Hosted by VCE Master Gardeners. Enjoy samples from the garden and talk with Master Gardeners about growing vegetables in Northern Virginia―with a special emphasis on planting fall crops and overwintering vegetables. (Park in the lot and walk past the Nature Center to the garden.)

Wednesday, Sept. 16, Putting the Herb Garden to Bed, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington 22206.  Fall maintenance is important for a healthy herb garden. Learn what to cut back, what to compost, the importance of mulching for winter protection, and how to use the bounty from a late fall harvest. Registration requested. Sign up at mgnv.org. Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Saturday, Sept. 19, A Little Grass is Good! Fall Lawn Care, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington 22206. Fall is the ideal time to restore your cool-season grass.  Come learn how to improve your lawn and soil—when, how, and what steps to take to ensure a beautiful weed-free lawn.  Alternatives to turf will be explored. Registration requested. Sign up at mgnv.org. Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Sunday, September 20―AutumnFest Celebration at Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 300 S. Kensington St., Arlington  22204. Free tastes of herbal treats and drinks, a naturalist with critters, balloon artist. Free Master Gardener-led mini-workshops. Hundreds of locally grown sun- and shade-loving perennials, ferns, shrubs, and trees for sale. Rain or shine. Sponsored by VCE Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (Alexandria/Arlington). For information call Judy Funderburk at 703-671-5310.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, A Little Grass is Good! Fall Lawn Care, 7 to 8:30 p.m, Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington 22206. Repeat of Sept. 19 program. Fall is the ideal time to restore your cool-season grass.  Come learn how to improve your lawn and soil—when, how, and what steps to take to ensure a beautiful weed-free lawn.  Alternatives to turf will be explored.Registration requested. Sign up at mgnv.org. Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Sunday, Sept. 27, Simpson Park Gardens Fall Open House, 1 to 3 p.m. 420 E. Monroe St., Alexandria  22301 (by the YMCA). VCE Master Gardeners who maintain this demonstration garden welcome visitors to the garden for a display of what’s in bloom, with emphasis on native plants and plants for pollinators. Enjoy light snacks and drinks and pick up packets of seeds from plants in the garden.

Virginia Cooperative Extension http://www.ext.vt.edu is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. VCE programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; Jewel E. Hairston, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State, Petersburg.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Arlington County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension at 703-228-6400/TDD/PC 1-800-1120 to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event.

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