June 2016 Public Education Events

VCE Master Gardeners of Arlington/Alexandria have a full schedule of events planned in June. We hope you will join us at these events!

Wednesdays in the Garden―June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 7 to 9 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington 22201. This series, taught by Arlington Food Assistance Center volunteers and VCE Master Gardeners, is designed to teach gardening skills to a wide audience.

Topics by date:

  • June 15, Insect Pests & Beneficials;
  • June 22, Solar Cooking;
  • June 29, Made in the Shade.
  • Free. No registration required. To confirm topic and room number, check the Arlington Library Events Calendar at http://library.arlingtonva.usor call the library at 703-228-5990.

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Walter Reed Community Center

Thursday, June 16, 1 to 3 p.m.—55+ Walter Reed Tree Walk, Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th St. S., Arlington 22204. Come and walk around the grounds with Arlington County’s VCE Horticulture Agent Kirsten Conrad Buhls, learn about the trees that grow on the grounds and ask questions about your own trees. Topics covered will include tree identification, growth habits, cultural requirements, and common tree pests. Presented for the Over 55 Program at Walter ReedRegistration Information at http://bit.ly/VCESenior.

Saturday, June 18, 10:30 to noon—Growing Edibles in Containers, Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304. Learn how to grow ornamental edible plants in containers on your porch, deck, balcony, or patio. This workshop will cover soil, containers, maintenance, and selection of suitable plants.Free and open to the public. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

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Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (A. aegypti and A. albopictus) Photo from CDC

Monday, June 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m.—Mosquito Control: Gardening in the Time of Zika―Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria 22304. Learn how you can help reduce mosquito populations in your yard and protect yourself from biting insects. This program will cover mosquito lifecycle, effective and ineffective control tactics and the risks of using outdoor sprays and other chemical products. Free and open to the public. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org.  Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

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