October 2017 Public Education Events

The following are free public education events for October 2017.

Tour Our Gardens in Bon Air Park!

Sunday, October 1, 2-4 p.m.
Sunny and Shade Garden, 850 N. Lexington St, Arlington, 22205 
(in Bon Air Park off Wilson Blvd, next to the rose garden)

Tour our Gardens logoCome get free seeds and try your luck in a plant raffle as you tour our magnificent gardens and learn first-hand how to grow beautiful plants in the sun or the shade. You can get advice from our Master Gardeners and pick up helpful information resources and ideas for that special place in your own yard.

Free. No registration necessary.

 Printable Flyer for the Sunny and Shady Gardens Tour


Garden Talk at Arlington Central Library:
Fruit From Vines, Brambles and Shrubs

Wednesday, October 4, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

Learn about best varieties & growing techniques. Plant now for next year!

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


3rd Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit

Thursday and Friday, October 5-6, 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
Arlington Campus, George Mason University, 3351 Fairfax Drive Arlington, VA 22201

VIRGINIA URBAN AGRICULTURE SUMMIT October 5-6, 2017 George Mason University 3351 Fairfax Drive Arlington, VA 22201 703-993-8999 VUAS 2017 Registration now Open

Join us for one of our most exciting and informative events of the year! With over 30 presenters from all over Virginia and the surrounding states, you will learn from those who have a passion about Urban Agriculture, food systems, education and more. Topics include urban-rural partnerships, how to color your gardens, practical science-based challenges and solutions, how to make money in urban agriculture, how to promote urban agriculture, and agriculture in the classroom.

For more information, including registration fee and tours, see the 2017 Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit website.


Simpson Gardens Stroll

Tuesday, October 10, 11 a.m. 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 in their last stroll of the year as they show off their gardens in early fall bloom!  See the beautiful leaf colors and learn how to create a great winter garden while our Master Gardeners answer all your garden questions.

Free. No registration necessary. 


Tree Selection, Planting and Care

Wednesday, October 11, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria 22305

Black Walnut Tree( Juglans nigra)

Black Walnut Tree( Juglans nigra)

Photo © 2017 Elaine Mills

Did you know that trees can save you lots of 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, with consideration of 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. No registration necessary. In partnership with the Alexandria Beautification Commission.

 

 


Garden Talk at Arlington Central Library:
Growing Garlic and Its History

Wednesday, October 11, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

A handful of garlic sown this fall will yield beautiful heads of garlic next summer.

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


Composting and What To Do With All That Leaf and Yard Waste

Saturday, October 14, 10:30 – noon,
Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206 

compost turners

Students turn compost in bins before adding it to improve the soil of the organic vegetable beds at the T.C. Williams Discovery Garden.

Learn how to turn yard clippings, kitchen waste and excess paper into black gold for your garden! We will show you how to start composting at home, what to put in a compost pile, how to easily maintain it so the materials break down properly, and how to apply it in your own garden and lawn.

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

 


Putting Your Garden To Bed (Note that class is offered twice)

Monday, October 16, 7-8:30pm,
Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria 22304

OR

Saturday, October 21, 10:30-noon,
Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206 

Did you know that Fall is an ideal time to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials, and even vegetables? You will learn easy tips for onsite composting, providing winter habitat and food for wildlife, and end-of-season care of tools and equipment. We’ll help you identify great plants that can add interest to your yard during the grey doldrums of winter.

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


Native Grasses and Sedges for the Home Garden

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

Drifts of muhly grass in a naturalistic landscape at the National Garden, USBG

Drifts of muhly grass in a naturalistic landscape at the National Garden, USBG

Learn about a selection of native grasses and sedges that can add structure and beauty to your garden through the seasons. Landscaping uses, maintenance techniques, and ways these plants support wildlife will also be discussed.

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


Printable Flyer – October 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, Del Ray Farmers Market Plant Clinic, and Alexandria Farmers Market Plant Clinic will be closed in October, but will be back next May!

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.  Call before you come to make sure we are available.


Virginia Cooperative Extension  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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