August 2017 Public Education Events

The following are free public education events for August 2017.

Garden Talk at Arlington Central Library:
Food Preservation

Wednesday, August 2, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

Learn how to freeze, can, dehydrate, & ferment so you can savor fresh summer flavors this winter.

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


Garden Talk at Arlington Central Library:
Vegetables for Fall Planting

Wednesday, August 9, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

Vegetables can be grown nearly year-round in our area. If you didn’t have a chance to plant spring crops, there’s still time to grow and enjoy them now!

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


Simpson Gardens Stroll 

Tuesday, August 8, 11 am 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
Managing your Herb Garden

Wednesday, August 16, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

A little maintenance can keep your herb garden healthy & productive.

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


Arlington County Fair

Arllington County Fair Logo

Wednesday, August 16 thru Sunday, August 20.
Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 Second Street South, Arlington, 22204

Did you know that the Arlington County Fair is one of the largest free events on the East Coast and has been providing fun and interesting experiences for all ages for over 40 years? Join your neighbors in competitive horticulture, home crafts, and other exhibits; midway rides and games; entertainment; vendors; racing piglets; and more. Come visit the VCE Master Gardener booth to get advice and get solutions for your plant and gardening questions, or just to say “Hi”.

Free.  Shuttle service is provided from locations throughout Arlington. For more information and specific schedule of events, see http://arlingtoncountyfair.us/ or https://www.tripsavvy.com/arlington-county-fair-1040023.


Fruit Trees

Saturday, August 19, 10:30-noon,
Fairlington Community Ctr, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206 

Apple TreeOur Northern Virginia soil and temperatures are actually very well-suited for growing fruit. You will learn the tips and techniques to help you successfully grow commonly grown fruit trees in your own yard, including apples, cherries, peaches, nectarines, figs, pears and more. We will include best practices for assessing your site; pruning, watering and fertilizing; integrated pest management; and other ideas to maximize your harvest.

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


Garden Talk at Arlington Central Library
Garden Therapy

Wednesday, August 23, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

Gardening is inherently therapeutic. A yoga instructor will teach how to adapt your environment, tools, & gardening methods and use yoga to enhance your time in the garden.

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


Fall Vegetable Gardening (Note that class is offered twice)

Monday, August 28, 7-8:30,
Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria 22304,

OR

Tuesday, August 29, 7-8:30,
Fairlington Community Ctr, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206 

Lots of Lettuce!

Lots of Lettuce!
Photo © Nancy Dowling

Now is the time to think about what to plant when the weather starts to cool. Join us for this popular session on fall gardening―what to plant when and simple tips for success. Think healthful greens like kale, collards, bok choy and a wealth of lettuces. Fall is a delightful time to garden, with cool autumn days and waning pest populations. Learn inexpensive techniques to extend your harvest and even how you can enjoy some of your crops in the dead of winter!

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


Printable Flyer – August 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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