November 2017 Public Education Events

The following are free public education events offered by VCE for November 2017.

Holiday and Winter Containers (Note that the class is offered twice)

Holiday greenery

Wednesday, November 1, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206 


Saturday, November 4, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St., Alexandria 22314

Come learn some tips and tricks for keeping greenery fresh and for selecting plants for winter-long interest in containers. This fun and popular class is part winterizing your garden pots and part flower-arranging, as well as an opportunity for getting some hands-on experience.

Free. Advance registration requested at Questions 703-228-6414 or

Selecting Shrubs

Monday, November 6, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304

Jasmine Shrub © Mary Free

Jasmine Shrub © Mary Free

The right shrubs can add beauty and curb appeal to your home and yard, and in this presentation you will learn about the variety of shrubs that thrive in this area. We will include how to identify which shrubs will do the best in your site or location, how to attract birds and pollinators, and how you can create beauty and interest all year long.

Free. Advance registration requested at Questions 703-228-6414 or

Season Review and Winter Interest In The Garden

Red Twig Dogwood ‘Baileyi

The stems of Red Twig Dogwood ‘Baileyi’ ( Cornus sericea) shine in morning light, showing off their charm as “winter interest.”

Wednesday, November 8, 7-8:30 p.m.
Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria 22305

How did your garden perform this year?  What did you learn?  Looking for tips for next year?  Come unpack your garden experience and learn about some woody plants you can still add to provide interest and beauty throughout the winter.

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

Printable Flyer – November 2017 Public Education Events

Our Plant Clinics at the Farmers’ Markets and the Arlington Central Library and the Garden Talks at the Arlington Central Library are closed for the season but our Horticulture Help Desk remains open!

VCE Horticultural Help DeskOur 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 at the Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206 

Contact us at 703-228-6414 or, or drop by to speak with our Help Desk volunteers.  It’s best to call before you come to make sure we’re 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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