April 2016 Public Education Events

VCE Master Gardeners have a full schedule of events planned in April. Please share this information about these events with your neighbors and friends as well as members of your own organizations.

Wednesdays in the Garden, April 6, 13, 20, and 27,7 to 9 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. This series, taught by Arlington Food Assistance Center volunteers and by VCE Master Gardeners, is designed to teach gardening skills to a wide audience. April sessions will take place in the second floor conference room. Topics are: April 6, Growing Superfoods; April 13, Container Gardens for Edibles; April 20, Edible Landscaping & Fruit in the Garden; April 27, Water, Irrigation, Ollas & Rain Barrels. Free; no need to register. To confirm topics and locations, check the Arlington Library Events Calendar at http://library.arlingtonva.us/ or call the library at 703-228-5990.

Tuesday, April 12, 7 to 8:30 p.m.―Plan, Plant and Use Herbs, Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St., Alexandria 22314. Learn the elements of an herb garden, tips for planting a successful garden and how to use the herbs you’ve grown. Free. Register here: tinyurl.com/RegisterVCE. Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or send an email to mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Thursday, April 14, 1 to 3 p.m., Growing Vegetables in Small Spaces, Walter Reed Recreation Center, 2909 16thSt. S, Arlington 22204. Learn how to improve soil and choose plants so that you can create a thriving vegetable garden in limited space. Free. Register here: tinyurl.com/RegisterVCE. Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or send an email to mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 16, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.―Opening of Arlington Farmers Market Plant Clinic, N. 14th St. and N. Courthouse Rd. The plant clinic will be open every Saturday morning through September. VCE Master Gardeners answer questions on a wide range of gardening questions.

Monday, April 18, 7 to 8:30 p.m.―Composting Basics, Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington 22206. Composted material, including leaf litter and kitchen waste, can enrich and improve garden soil. Learn 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 use compost. Free. Register here: tinyurl.com/RegisterVCE. Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or send an email to mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 23, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Carlyle House Plant Clinic, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria 22314. Held in conjunction with the Carlyle House Annual Garden Day Herb & Craft Sale. VCE Master Gardeners will answer questions and provide information on gardening.

Sunday, April 24, 1 to 3 p.m., Spring in Simpson Park Gardens, 426 E. Monroe Ave. by the YMCA, Alexandria 22301. VCE Master Gardeners who maintain the Simpson Park Demonstration Gardens will be in the garden to show off spring blooms and provide information and handouts on pollinators, native plants, herbs and other topics to visitors interested in starting a spring/summer home garden.

Monday, April 25, 7 to 8:30 p.m.—Vegetable Gardening 2: Management and Maintenance, Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria 22304.  This program for new gardeners will emphasize best management practices to manage and maintain a healthy garden. Topics covered include the importance of pollinators and other beneficial insects and how to identify them; how crop rotation and intercropping can help control the challenges of garden pests; how to identify diseases and weeds; and how to maximize harvests with space-saving techniques. Free. Register here: tinyurl.com/RegisterVCE. Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or send an email to mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.―Alexandria Earth Day, Lenny Harris Memorial Fields at Braddock Park, 1005 Mt. Vernon Ave., Theme: Choose to Reuse―Your Choices Matter. Educational exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for all ages. Visit VCE’s booth focused on urban food production.  Learn how to reuse your newspapers to make seed pots, turn your yard waste into beneficial compost and use your garden to beautify your landscape and put food on your dinner plate.  Displays will include information on container gardening, edible landscaping, and soil management.

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