July 2017 Public Education Events

The following are free public education events for July 2017.

Printable Flyer–MGNV July 2017 Public Education Events-July-v3
Printable Flyer – Garden Talks at Arlington Central Library 2017


Mosquitoes and Ticks:  Identification and Control

Monday, July 10, 7-8:30pm,
Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St., Alexandria 22314

mosquitoIn 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 at mgnv.org. Questions 703-228-6414 or mgarlalex@gmail.com.


Simpson Gardens Stroll 

Tuesday, July 11, 11am to noon
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:
Surviving the Heat

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

Learn how to protect heat hating/heat loving plants during Virginia summers.

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


Gardening for Wildlife: Audubon at Home Wildlife Sanctuary Certification

Tuesday, July 18, 7-8:30pm,
Westover Library,
1644 North McKinley Road, Suite 3, Arlington, Virginia 22205

Fisher's eastern chipmunk

Fisher’s eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus fisheri) is “commonplace and well known to most residents with properties bordering on
parkland.” (page 20, Wildlife of Arlington) Photo © Mary Free

Looking for a way to make an environmental difference in your own yard, church grounds or condo complex by creating a sanctuary for wildlife using native plants and other resources? This friendly talk reviews the “whys and hows” of supporting local wildlife, and how you can obtain an Audubon at Home Wildlife Sanctuary Certification for your garden.

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


Garden Talk at Arlington Central Library:
Seed Saving

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

Learn how to save money by saving seeds from your best crops this year.

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


Garden Talk at Arlington Central Library:
Composting & Vermiculture

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

Compost is superior to fertilizers & mulches. Kitchen scraps are excellent sources of food for worms, who will turn garbage into rich soil. Learn the basics of composting & worm bins for nutrient-rich compost.

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


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


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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