April Public Education Events

The following are free public education events for April 2017.  They are open to all!

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


Sustainable Landscaping 3: Plant Selection, Design & Planting
FULL – WAIT LIST ONLY

American Wisteria, a new native plants introduced into the garden.

Saturday, April 1, 9am – noon.
Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206

Learn how to select plants that will function best in your location, focusing on the 3,000 native and naturalized plant alternatives to commonly used non-native plants. You will learn about designing with the propagation and habit of plants in mind, best practices for planting, companion planting, and identifying and removing invasive plants.

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


Sunday in the Organic Vegetable Garden

Green tomatoes

Green tomatoes
Photo © Nancy Dowling

Sunday, April 2, 1-4pm.
Potomac Overlook Park, 2845 Marcey Rd., Arlington 22207

Join our very own VCE Master Gardeners who maintain the Organic Vegetable Demonstration Garden when they answer your questions about organic gardening, including controlling pests and diseases without the use of chemicals. The garden is located beyond the Nature Center. No registration necessary.


Garden Talk at Arlington Central Library:
Edible Landscaping & Fruit in the Garden

Wednesday, April 1, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

Fruit plantings can add beauty & sources of food in your garden.

AFAC logoCo-Sponsored with AFAC &
Virginia Cooperative Extension


Simpson Gardens Stroll

The butterfly garden at Simpson Demonstration Gardens in Alexandria, filled with native plants and pollinator attractors.  Photo: Christa Watters

Tuesday, April 11, 11 a.m. to noon,
Simpson Park Demonstration Gardens, 420 E. Monroe St., Alexandria (by the YMCA).

Stop by and chat with the VCE Master Gardeners who maintain the Simpson Park Demonstration Gardens and see what is springing to life. Have all your gardening questions answered too! No registration necessary.


Garden Talk at Arlington Central Library:
Planning & Planting the Herb Garden

Wednesday, April 12, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

If herbs are the spice of life, then add some to yours! Learn basic techniques on how to plan & plant an herb garden at home.

AFAC logoCo-Sponsored with AFAC &
Virginia Cooperative Extension


Plan, Plant and Use Herbs (note class is offered 2 times)   

3 herb bed

Replanted herb beds

Monday, April 17, 7-8:30 pm.
Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria 22304 OR

Thursday, April 20, 7-8:30pm,
Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304

Taught by our Guest Lecturer, Sally Baker, learn about the elements of an herb garden and tips for planting a successful herb garden. And now that you’re growing it, what are you going to do with it?  Come and explore the many uses of herbs for cooking and crafting.

Free. Advance registration requested at tinyurl.com/RegisterVCE.
Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com


Container and Window Box Edible Gardening

Monday, April 17, 7-8:30.
Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St., Alexandria 22314

Container GardenUse your prettiest containers or sunny window to grow herbs, vegetables, and other edibles. Learn what works best in these special places, and tips for maintaining them in our tough climate.

Free. Advance registration requested, at tinyurl.com/RegisterVCE.
Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.


Garden Talk at Arlington Central Library:
Irrigation, Hand Watering, Rain Barrels, Ollas, Storm Water Re-use

Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

Making the most of water during the growing season.

AFAC logoCo-Sponsored with AFAC &
Virginia Cooperative Extension


Garden Talk at Arlington Central Library:
Container Gardening — a Hands-on Workshop

Wednesday, April 26, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

No room? No problem! Grow herbs & other edibles on your patio, balcony, front stoop, or back deck

CAFAC logoo-Sponsored with AFAC & Virginia Cooperative Extension


Creating a Bird-Friendly Garden

Sunday, April 30, 1-3pm,
Simpson Park Demonstration Gardens, 420 E. Monroe St., Alexandria (by the YMCA).

Rufous Hummingbird on LoniceraLearn easy tips to entice birds and other beneficial pollinators to your yard. Master Gardeners and Audubon at Home volunteers will be on hand to offer tours, answer your gardening questions, and distribute free seeds. No registration necessary.


Check out our Plant Clinics! 

  • The Arlington Central Library Plant Clinic has opened and will operate from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. every Wednesday to October 25, 2017. It is located in the East Lobby of the library, 1015 N. Quincy Street. (Directions/Map).
  • The Arlington Farmers’ Market Plant Clinic opens April 16 and will operate every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. through September. The Farmers’ Market is located at N. 14th St. and N. Courthouse Rd.  (Directions/Map).  Our other Plant Clinics will open in May.

Virginia Cooperative Extension

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