January 2018 Public Education Events

MGNV LogoThe following events are scheduled by VCE Master Gardeners in Arlington and Alexandria in January 2018.

microgreensMicrogreens: What Are They, Why They Are So Fabulous, and How to Grow Them

Saturday, January 13, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington 22205

OR   

Monday February 5, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Rescheduled from Jan 8, 2018)
Barrett Branch Library
717 Queen St., Alexandria 22314

Microgreens – You’ve likely seen them, but what makes them so good for you?  Join us to learn their many benefits, and some simple ways to grow these delicious, nutritious and inexpensive baby plants and sprouts in your own home.  Plus, we provide supplies for you to plant your own container, so come prepared to get a bit dirty while you make your own microgreen garden in class!

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


Sustainable Landscape Design

Landscape Design Basics: DIY Sustainable Yard Series

Wednesday, January 17, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Beatley Central Library
5005 Duke St., Alexandria 22304

OR

Tuesday, January 30, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington 22205

Learn how to create a sustainable landscape, building on the unique conditions of your own site and situation. This class will focus on how to make a base map and introduce you to basic design principles you can use to transform your property.

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


Packets of Vegetable Seeds at MenardsVegetable Gardening Part 1: Seed Selection, Starting and Saving

Thursday, January 25, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Burke Branch Library
4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304

OR

Saturday, January 27, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington 22205

Start your garden early this year by getting the scoop on seed selection, hybrid vs. heirloom, what seeds to start indoors, germination tips, and best bets for seed saving. Find out how to make your own starter pots, and easy-to-create lighting systems to bring the sunlight inside.

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


Starting SeedsStarting Seeds Indoors….Getting A Head Start On Your Garden!

Monday, January 29, 1 – 3 p.m.
Walter Reed Community and Senior Center
2909 S. 16th St., Arlington 22204

Learn how to start your garden early, including what seeds are best to use, germination tips, and best bets for seed saving. Find out how to make your own starter pots, and easy-to-create lighting systems to bring the sunlight inside. Free. For more information and registration, go to http://bit.ly/VCESenior or contact LeeAnne Kaniut, 703-228-0955.


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 mgarlalex@gmail.com, or drop by to speak with our Help Desk volunteers.  It’s best to call before you come to make sure we’re available.


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