February Public Education Events

The following events are scheduled by VCE Master Gardeners in Arlington and Alexandria in February.

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Sustainable Landscaping 1: The DIY Sustainable Yard 

Saturday, February 11, 9am – noon.
Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206

Fairlington Community CenterFirst in our new Sustainable Landscaping Series, this interactive class will provide you with ideas you can use now to create an easy-to-care-for and environmentally sustainable yard or common area.

We will include case studies and a site design exercise to present best practices for landscape planning and preparation, assessing sustainable landscape materials, and techniques for energy and water conservation.

Ideal for homeowners, property managers, and those interested in promoting sustainable land stewardship practices in our urban environment.

Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.orgQuestions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.


Vegetable Gardening Part 2: Planning and Preparation (note that class is offered twice)

Monday, February 13, 7 – 8:30 pm,
Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304, OR

Saturday, February 18, 10:30 – noon,
Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206

Cherry Belle radishes

Cherry Belle Radish at the Organic Vegetable Garden
Photo © 2016 by Nancy Dowling

For the beginning gardener, we will review garden requirements and discuss easy-to-implement practices for selecting the best site and evaluating and improving your soil. We will focus on what plants work best in our area and techniques for growing plants from seed, planting seeds directly into the soil, and transplanting new seedlings.

Included will be an introduction to succession planting to get you on your way to maximizing your harvest!

Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.


Winter Gardening…. Not Too Early to Start! 

Tuesday, February 21, 7 – 8:30 pm,
Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St., Alexandria 22314.

Itching to get out in the garden, but find February too cold to start outdoor activities? Now you can get a head start with some easy-to-implement practices that will save you time, money and labor! First, we’ll teach you what you need to know about testing your soil, and how to improve the soil you already have.  Next, we’ll teach you to tackle the task of tool tune up.  Sharpened tools make life easier and safer for you and your plants. Bring along a gardening tool, and we just may select yours for a demonstration!

Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.


Wintertime Pruning…and Why It is the Best Time to Prune (some) Plants. (Note that class is offered twice)

Winter Pruning

Saturday, February 25, 10 am – noon, OR
Saturday, February 25, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Class meets outside, in front of 965 N Longfellow Street, Arlington, VA  22205

Come for some hands-on training on the proper way to prune hedges, evergreen and deciduous shrubs, and deadhead perennials. You will be shown how to remove large limbs from trees safely, and how to thin and prune fruit and other trees to create bushier growth.

Bring your own tools, and remember to dress for the weather! Entire class is held outdoors.

Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.


Note to All:  While our plant clinics at the Farmers’ Markets and the Arlington Central Library have closed for the season, our Help Desk operates year-round. We welcome your garden-related questions, including those related to plant and insect identification. The Help Desk operates from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays at the VCE office, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington 22206. Contact us at 703-228-6414 or mgarlalex@gmail.com, or drop by to speak with our Help Desk volunteers. But it’s best to call before you come to make sure we’re available.

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