February 2018 Public Education Events

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

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

Monday, February 5, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Rescheduled from Jan 8, 2018)
Barrett Branch Library
717 Queen St., Alexandria VA 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 & 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 microgreens garden in class!

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

Plot Against Hunger Spring Garden Kick-Off:
Growing Food for Our Neighbors in Need

St. Andrews Plot Against Hunger garden

St. Andrews Plot Against Hunger garden

Saturday, February 10, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington VA 22207

Come and attend free presentations and demonstrations on seed starting, composting, seedling transplanting, common garden pests, tree pruning, grafting and DIY light stands for indoor use.  There are free vegetable and herb seeds for AFAC gardeners, containers for bagging donations, seed pots and trays, and free home coffee grounds to enrich your soil.


Free.  In sponsorship with Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).
RSVP to: https://afac.org/afac-spring-garden-kick-off/ by February 7.  Light refreshments served

Water Conservation, DIY Sustainable Yard Series 

Waterwise Closeup: The waterwise garden is a mélange of colors and textures in late spring.

The waterwise garden is a mélange of colors and textures in late spring.
Photo © 2013 Christa Watters

Wednesday, February 14, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Beatley Central Library
5005 Duke St., Alexandria VA 22304

Wednesday, February 28, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington VA 22205

Learn how to retain and absorb storm water on your property to benefit your garden and save money!  Using the right landscaping techniques and plant choices you can conserve one of our most precious resources and help your plants grow strong and healthy.

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

Cold FrameLearn How to Build Your Own Cold Frame! 

Saturday, February 17, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Walter Reed Community and Senior Center
2909 S. 16th St., Arlington VA 22204

Come learn how to get more growing days out of your garden and get close to year-round gardening!  Participants will be able to make their own Cold Frame and take it home. This MINI-Greenhouse is 16 x” 31″ base and 16 inches high. A hinged glass top can be raised and lowered to allow for ventilation. It is collapsible and perfect for a balcony or small garden. Made from glass aluminum and marine grade plywood, this wonderful gardening tool will last you for many years.

This is first in a series of DIY Urban Agriculture Workshops for 2018.  Look for upcoming programs on light stand construction and mushroom logs!

Cost: $65.00 per person. Participants will put together a cold frame in class to take home for immediate use.

To reserve your space, send a check to VCE (at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206) made out to Treasurer Virginia Tech and note that it is for the DIY Cold Frame Workshop. Include name, phone number and email for all attendees. Questions, telephone the VCE Hotline at 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.comDeadline for Registration is 2/9/2018.

Vegetable Gardening Part 2: Planning and Preparation

Organic Vegetables

Organic Vegetables

Thursday, February. 22, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Burke Branch Library
4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria VA 22304

Saturday, February 24, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington 22205

For the beginning gardener, learn easy-to-implement practices for selecting the best site and evaluating and improving your soil, including which plants grow best in our area and tips for how to successfully plant seeds directly, transplant seedlings you buy, succession planting, and other ways to easily maximize your harvest.

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

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in any of these programs, please contact VCE at  703-228-6414  from 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

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.

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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