May Public Education Events

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

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


Container and Balcony Gardening

Tuesday, May 2, 7-8:30pm,
Fairlington Community Ctr, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206

Container GardenIf you have a balcony or a sunny porch, you can have a garden! Learn easy steps to add color with flowers and foliage, create a little privacy, and grow edibles. Transform your balcony or concrete jungle into a garden oasis.

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


Garden Talk at Arlington Central Library:
Foraging for Wild Edibles

Wednesday, May 3, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

Find edibles in our urban area, by foraging in our wild (and not so wild) areas.

AFAC logoFree. No registration necessary. Presented with the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).


Sustainable Landscaping 4: Maintaining the Sustainable Yard
FULL – WAIT LIST ONLY

Saturday, May 6, 9am–noon.
Fairlington Community Ctr, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206

Diseased cucurbitLearn plant health and disease identification and troubleshooting, good bugs vs. bad bugs in integrated pest management, and how and when to prune woody plants and other seasonal maintenance tasks.  We will also explore wildlife issues and things you can do now to maintain your sustainable yard.

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


May Day Music Festival

Saturday, May 6, 12-5pm.
Potomac Overlook Park, 2845 Marcey Rd., Arlington 22207

Judy with the Rye and Vetch

Judy with the Rye and Vetch 
Photo © 2016 by Nancy Dowling

Come meet the VCE Master Gardeners who maintain the Organic Vegetable Demonstration Garden who will be on hand during the festival to answer your questions about organic gardening, including controlling pests and diseases without the use of chemicals. The garden is located beyond the Nature Center.

Free. No registration necessary.


Simpson Gardens Stroll

Red Salvia henryi

Photo © 2016 by Christa Watters

Tuesday, May 9, 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 Talks at Arlington Central Library:

Gardening with Your Children (a hands-on session)
Wednesday, May 10, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201
Bring your children to learn about garden scents, colors, and textures.

Weeds 101 —Keep Those Weeds at Bay
Wednesday, May 17, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201
Learn how to identify & keep the area’s top ten weeds out of your garden and yard.

AFAC logoFree. No registration necessary. Presented with the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).


Lawn Substitute:  Easy Alternatives for Beauty and Nature

Glencarlyn Library Garden

Glencarlyn Library Garden
Photo © 2017 Paul Nuhn

Monday, May 22, 7-8:30pm.
Mt Vernon Recreation Ctr, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria 22305

Are you tired of the time and costs to mow, water, fertilize, and maintain your lawn?  Come learn about the many alternatives for reclaiming all or part of your lawn back to nature while creating a better and more colorful outdoor space for you and the environment.

Free. No registration necessary. In partnership with the Alexandria Beautification Commission.


Garden Talk at Arlington Central Library:
Garden Structures: Supports, Going Vertical, Rabbit & Deer Control.

Wednesday, May 24, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

Lack of space in your yard? Grow things UP with help of garden structures.

AFAC logoFree. No registration necessary. Presented with the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).


Mosquitoes and Ticks:  Identification and Control

Thursday, May 25, 7-8:30pm.
Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304

Aides Species Mosquito biting fleshIn this fascinating presentation, you will learn the science of how to best control mosquitos and ticks and keep them away from you and your family. This includes how to identify the ticks and mosquitos prevalent in this area, their life cycle, how they reproduce, and where they go in the winter. We will focus on more sustainable options for you and your yard.

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


Garden Talk at Arlington Central Library:
Top 10 Vegetable Diseases.

Wednesday, May 3, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

Our area’s hot & humid summers make vegetables ripe for diseases. Learn how to control disease through simple techniques.

AFAC logoFree. No registration necessary. Presented with the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).


Plant Sales!!!!

Love the idea of using native plants, but can’t find them? Come buy native plants at reasonable prices that are specially-suited for this area, and meet with Master Gardeners who will answer all your questions and help you pick out the plants that will grow the best in your yard. These sales also help support your local Master Gardener program.

Sunday, May 7, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Glencarlyn Library Community Garden
300 S. Kensington St,
Arlington VA
Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Green Spring Gardens
4603 Green Spring Road,
Alexandria, VA.
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Check out our Plant Clinics! 

  • The Arlington Central Library Plant Clinic is open from 6:45-8:45 pm. every Wednesday to October 25, 2017 and is located in the East Lobby of the library, 1015 N. Quincy Street.
  • The Arlington Farmers’ Market Plant Clinic is open every Saturday morning from 8-11 am. through September, and is at N. 14th St. and N. Courthouse Rd.
  • The Del Ray Farmers Market Plant Clinic, located at 203 E. Oxford Ave, Alexandria from 8:30-11am, opens Saturday, May 6 and runs through September.
  • The Alexandria Farmers Market Plant Clinic, at 301 King Street, Alexandria, 7-9:30am, opens Saturday, May 6 and runs through September 30.

Horticulture Help Desk:

Our Help Desk operates year-round and 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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