March Public Education Events

Printable Flyer – MGNV March 2017 Public Education Events
Printable Flyer – Garden Talks at Arlington Central Library 2017


Spring Lawn Care, You Can Do It!  (note that class is offered twice)

lawn closeupSaturday, March 4, 10–11:30 am.
Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206 OR

Tuesday, March 7, 7-8:30 pm.
Westover Library,
1644 N McKinley Rd #3, Arlington 22205

Have the healthiest lawn in your neighborhood! Learn what you can do now to improve and maintain your lawn. We will discuss the best types of grasses for our area, specific springtime turf management practices, nutrient management and soil testing, and basic pest and disease management.

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


Sustainable Landscaping 2: Soil Health and Water Conservation

Fertile SoilSaturday, March 11, 9am – noon. Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206

Get to the root of the matter, and learn to protect and build soil health!  We will delve into soil structure, the geology of our area, how to create great compost, and preventing soil erosion and compaction.  Learn about easy and natural water conservation techniques such as rain gardens, dry beds or bioswales, rain barrels, and the best plants for wet and dry areas. You will leave with practical ideas you can put into practice right now.

Free. Advance registration required as space is limited, at mgnv.org. Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.


Pruning:  How and Why

RESCHEDULED: NEW DATE AND TIMES!!!

(Note that class is offered twice)

Wednesday, March 22, 9 am – 11 am

 OR

Wednesday, March 22, 2:30 pm -4:30 pm.

Class meets outside, in front of 3205 White Street, Falls Church  22041

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, how to care for your tools and use them safely, and how to thin and prune fruit and other trees to create healthier more attractive growth. Bring your own tools, and remember to dress for the weather! Entire class is held outdoors.

Free. Due to limit of 15 attendees for each session, advance registration required at mgnv.org. Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.


AFAC logoGarden Talk at Arlington Central Library:
Planning Your Garden – Design for Success.

Wednesday, March 15, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

Learn basic principles of garden layout, design, orientation.

Co-Sponsored with AFAC & Virginia Cooperative Extension


AFAC SPRING GARDEN KICK-OFF – Cosponsored by VCE

Saturday, March 18, 10 am – 1:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) LogoClick here to RSVP

Plot Against Hunger presents the 4th Annual Spring Garden Kick-off featuring speakers, knowledgeable practitioners,  free seeds, and demonstrations of garden techniques.  The kick-off is a great way to learn about how to start a garden for AFAC, how to donate produce to AFAC, and hear from community garden coordinators and others about lessons learned. For information, contact Puwen at plotagainsthunger@afac.org

The Arlington Food Assistance Center’s (AFAC) Plot Against Hunger program promotes AFAC’s vision of providing access to nutritious food for all Arlingtonians in need by asking for donations of produce from local gardeners and farmers. We seek to educate AFAC clients and others in incorporating fresh produce into healthy diets. 703-845-8486 http://www.plotagainsthunger.afac.org


Edible  Landscaping – FULL – WAITLIST ONLY

Organic Vegetable Fall ProduceSaturday, March 18, 10 am – noon.
Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206 

Can’t decide whether to plant “pretty” plants or things you can eat?  Limited time and/or space constraints? Want to put more “fun” in your gardening fundamentals?  Then come learn the art of edible landscaping that mixes ornamentals, herbs, greens and vegetables.  Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will present easy and straightforward techniques for turning your yard into a delightful and delicious oasis!

Free. Advance registration required as space is limited, at mgnv.org. Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.


Herbs and Plants: From the Grocery Store to the Garden to the Kitchen!
(note that class is offered twice)

Saturday, March 18, 11-12:30,
Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304,  OR

Monday, March 20, 7-8:30 pm,
Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St., Alexandria 22314

Garlic plants growing

Garlic planted in October 2015 are flourishing in April 2016

Do you have a taste for ginger and new potatoes? Do you use a lot of garlic and shallots? Now you can learn how to plant, grow and cook with the many vegetables and herbs you can buy at the grocery store.  This class will teach you the tips you need to shop the produce aisles of your grocery store to supplement your seed and plant purchases.

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


Vegetable Gardening Part 3: Manage, Maintain
(note that class is offered twice)

Tuesday, March 21, 7-8:30 pm,
Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206 OR

Saturday, March 25, 10:30-noon,
Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206

Milkweed bug on swamp milkweed leaf

Milkweed bug on swamp milkweed leaf
(Asclepias incarnata)
Photo © 2016 Mary Free

Manage and maintain a healthy garden in an eco-friendly way.  You will learn how to distinguish between those all-important beneficial insects vs. pests…..(hint: ladybug larvae look like tiny black and orange alligators).  Other topics include the importance of pollinators and other beneficial insects; crop rotation and intercropping to help control garden pests; how to identify diseases and weeds; and how to maximize harvests with space-saving techniques.

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


AFAC logoGarden Talk at Arlington Central Library:
From the Grocery Store to the Garden to the Kitchen

Wednesday, March 22, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

Shop produce aisles for seeds & plants, including herbs that can go from dinner to garden.

Co-Sponsored with AFAC & Virginia Cooperative Extension


AFAC logoGarden Talk at Arlington Central Library:
Succession Planting, Enhancing Soil & Mulching

Wednesday, March 22, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

Grow vegetables intensively & year round using methods from an experienced gardener to increase production & save work.

Co-Sponsored with AFAC & Virginia Cooperative Extension


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.

Virginia Cooperative Extension

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