June 2017 Public Education Events

The following are free public education events for June 2017.

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


Waterwise Gardening

Monday, June 5, 7-8:30 p.m.
Fairlington Community Ctr, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206

Simpson Water Wise GardeLearn tips and easy-to-implement practices for having a healthy green garden that you don’t have to water every day. We will discuss which plants can best survive our long, hot summers, how to group plants to take advantage of existing water sources, and use of water gardens, rain barrels, and best landscaping practices.

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


Garden Talk at Arlington Central Library:
Insects: Pests & Beneficial

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

Learn from an expert how to manage the pests and favor the beneficials in your garden.

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


Sunday in the Organic Vegetable Garden

Sunday, June 11, 1-4 p.m.
Potomac Overlook Park, 2845 Marcey Rd., Arlington 22207

Lots of Lettuce!

Lots of Lettuce!
Photo © Nancy Dowling

Join our very own VCE Master Gardeners who maintain the Organic Vegetable Demonstration Garden when they answer your questions about tending the summer garden, Square Foot Gardening, veggies in containers and irrigation ollas. Visitors should walk beyond the Nature Center to reach the garden. No registration necessary.


Simpson Gardens Stroll

Tuesday, June 13, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Simpson Park Demonstration Gardens, 420 E. Monroe St., Alexandria (by the YMCA).

Large tufa bed: Raising some beds above grade level using tufa rocks permitted more plant varieties.

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

 


Garden Talk at Arlington Central Library:
Pollination, Pollinators & Flowers

Wednesday, June 14, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

Put out the welcome mat for native bees & other beneficial & beautiful insects by increasing perennial diversity.

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


Summer Pruning and Plant Care

Bahco ergonomic pruners

Bahco ergonomic pruners

Wednesday, June 21, 7-8:30 p.m.
Mt Vernon Recreation Ctr, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria 22305

Want to learn how to deadhead your perennials to get them to bloom again? Come learn what plants should be pruned in the summer, and tips for better growth and flowering. We will review how to keep your tools sharp (and you and your plants safe), proper mulching, fertilizing and watering tips to help plants survive our Washington summers.

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


Garden Talk at Arlington Central Library:
Best Practices in the Garden

Wednesday,June 21, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

The Whys & Hows of organic practices.

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


Growing Cut Flowers In Your Garden

Monday, June 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304

AnnualsCome discuss ways to create a garden that is attractive, fragrant, sustainable and offers material year-round for the vase.  We will look at plants in the ground and in arrangements, and talk about annuals, perennials, bulbs, greenery as well as other resources to help you bring beauty into your home.

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


Garden Talk at Arlington Central Library:

Mushroom Growing

Wednesday, June 28, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

Grow your mushrooms on logs. A hands-on demonstration of the techniques & materials you need for success.

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


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, runs through September.
  • The Alexandria Farmers Market Plant Clinic, at 301 King Street, Alexandria, 7-9:30am, 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.


Virginia Cooperative Extension http://www.ext.vt.edu is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. VCE programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; Jewel E. Hairston, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State, Petersburg.

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