September 2017 Public Education Events

The following are free public education events for September 2017.

Garden Talk at Arlington Central Library:
Cover Crops for Healthy Soil 

Wednesday, September 6, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

Sowing cover crops can add nutrients & structure to your soil during the winter months for next spring

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


Fall Lawn Care

Saturday, September 9, 10:30-noon
Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206 

lawn closeupFall is the ideal time to restore cool-season grass, the most common turfgrass grown on lawns in our area. This program will describe how to improve lawns and the underlying soil and outline steps for ensuring a beautiful weed-free lawn. Alternatives to turf will also be explored.

 

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


The Organic Vegetable Demonstration Garden’s Annual Taste and Tour

Sunday, September 10  1 pm – 3 pm
Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington, VA 22207

Organic Vegetable Fall ProduceEnjoy samples from the garden and talk with Master Gardeners about growing vegetables in Northern Virginia, with a special emphasis on planting fall crops and overwintering vegetables.

Free. No registration necessary.

Printable Flyer of the Annual Taste and Tour


Plant Natives at Home

Monday, September 11, 7:00-8:30 pm
Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria 22305

July Sunny Garden with native perennials including Rudbeckia and Liatris (front) and Eupatorium spp. (Joe-Pye Weed) and white Phlox paniculata (behind). © Mary Free

Learn about planting natives right before the fall plants sales and planting season ensues. Find out which plants are easiest to grow, because they already call this area home. Want to attract birds, butterflies and pollinators to your yard? We will tell you the tips and techniques for creating a wildlife oasis.

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


Simpson Gardens Stroll

Tuesday, September 12, 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.

Join the MG volunteers as they show off their herb, pollinator, water-wise, tufa, and gravel gardens in late-summer bloom. This is the season when the butterflies and bees are everywhere, gathering nectar and pollen. Seasonal flowers are a riot of color, others are making seeds and pods and fruits. Tour the garden, ask questions, seek information!

 

 


Garden Talk at Arlington Central Library
Extend the Growing Season: Protecting Crops from the Cold

Wednesday, September 13, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

 Hot caps, cold frames, row covers & other protective layers can protect crops through chilly fall evenings & even through winter months.

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


Autumnfest!

Sunday, September 17  10 am – 3 pm
Glencarlyn Library Garden, 300 S. Kensington St, Arlington. 22204

Glencarlyn Autumnfest September 2017

Bring the family and celebrate with free tastes of herbal treats and drinks, a Naturalist with critters, a balloon artist and face painters! Attend mini-workshops on native plants, caring for your tools and dealing with invasive plants. 100’s of locally grown sun- and shade-loving perennials, ferns, shrubs, and trees for sale, just in time for fall planting.  As always, plenty of Master Gardeners to help you with selections and answer your plant questions.

Free.  For more information, call Alyssa, 703-907-9318 or Elaine, 703-979-6216 or email: glencarlynlibrarygarden@gmail.com

Printable Flyer for Autumnfest 2017


Garden Talk at Arlington Central Library
Planting and Care of Fruit Trees

Wednesday, September 20, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

This is the time of year you can plant fruit trees. Best varieties of fruit trees to plant now will add food & beauty to your landscape for years to come.

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


Weeds – Getting To Know Your ‘Closest Neighbors’

Dandelion

Photo by Pavlofox

Thursday, September 21, 7-8:30 pm.
Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206 

Learn why they like your lawn/garden and what you can do to encourage or discourage their presence. Remember a weed is just a wildflower in the wrong place!

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


Simpson Gardens – Fall Open House

Sunday, September 24, 1-3 pm
Simpson Park Demonstration Gardens, 420 E. Monroe St., Alexandria (by the YMCA)

Zinnia with Monarch

Zinnias in the Butterfly Garden at Simpson Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia attract pollinators like the monarch butterfly. Photo © Mary Free

Come get free refreshments and garden tours while you learn first-hand how to make your garden more hospitable to birds, bees, butterflies, and other interesting wildlife. You can see the Gardens abuzz with pollinators of all kinds, including birds visiting for water and seeds and other fascinating worms and insects. We can provide information on how to get your home gardens certified as Audubon Wildlife habitats.

Free. No registration necessary.


Tree Selection for Small Urban Landscapes

Monday, September 25, 10:30-noon
Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206 

Right Tree in the Right PlaceDid you know that trees can save you money in heating and cooling bills, as well as add to your home’s value and curb appeal? Come learn how to pick the right tree for the right spot in your yard. Learn to consider ideas like summer shade, winter sun, screening and seasonal interest. We will include a DIY segment and a discussion about when to hire a professional arborist.

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


Composting and Vermiculture

Monday, September 25, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria 22304

You will learn the many natural things you can do to improve your soil, such as turning yard clippings and kitchen waste into black gold, as well as using worms that will nourish your plants. We will explore the many types of composts, and how to grow and maintain your own worms and the use of vermiculture to enrich and improve garden soil.

 

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


Garden Talk at Arlington Central Library
International Flavors from the Garden

Wednesday, September 27, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

Join Arlington Food Assistance Center clients, staff & volunteers as they explore international cuisines that use harvests from local farms & gardens.

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


Printable Flyer – September 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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