March 2018 Public Education Events

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

Printable: March 2018 Publicity Flyer

Winter PruningWintertime Pruning . . . and Why It is the Best Time to Prune (some) Plants.

Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
OR
Sunday, March 4, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Class meets outside, in front of
2416 Ridge Road Drive, Alexandria, VA  22302

Come for hands-on training on the how, when, and why to prune hedges, multi-stem shrubs, small trees, and large branches. You will also learn dormant season pruning of your non-woody perennials. The results will be healthier and bushier growth, and more attractive landscaping. Bring your own tools, and remember to dress for the weather! Entire class is held outdoors.

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


Building Soil Heath: DIY Sustainable Yard Series

Wednesday March 7, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Beatley Central Library
5005 Duke St., Alexandria VA 22304
OR
Tuesday March 13, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington VA 22205

Healthier soil means healthier and happier plants, and in this class you will learn how to create healthy soil, even if you have hard Virginia clay! You will learn how to create and use compost, and discuss landscape and planting techniques for preventing erosion and compaction.

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


Turf Talk: How To Have Greener GrassLawn banner

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

We are pleased and honored to be hosting this informative and entertaining presentation by Dr. Mike Goatley, an award-winning Virginia Tech professor. Dr. Goatley will be discussing the results of his research on turfgrass and lawn management from around the state. His focus will be on what everyone from “turf managers” to home gardeners should be doing to maintain optimal lawn growth while minimizing pesticide and fertilizer usage. This program will also include information on lawn grass selection, management and care, and pests and diseases. Please join us!

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


Optimal Lawn Care: Steps for a Healthy Lawn

Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Shirlington Library
4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

Grass with dewHave the healthiest lawn in your neighborhood; it’s easy! Learn what you can do now to improve and maintain your lawn. We will discuss the best types of grasses for our area, specific springtime turf management practices, nutrient management and soil testing, and basic pest and disease management.

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


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

Additional class scheduled due to popular demand!

microgreensTues., March. 20, 7 – 8 pm,
Shirlington Library
4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

Microgreens – You’ve likely seen them, but what makes them so good for you?  Join us in this popular class to learn their many benefits, and some simple ways to grow these delicious, nutritious and inexpensive baby plants and sprouts in your own home.

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


Vegetable Gardening Part 3: Manage and Maintain Your Vegetable Garden

Intercropping VegetablesThursday, March. 22, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Burke Branch Library
4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304
OR
Saturday, March 24, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington VA 22205
Discover simple, earth-friendly and smart gardening practices, like crop rotation and intercropping, to attract pollinators and other beneficial insects and to control common garden pests.  Learn to identify diseases and how to manage them. You’ll also pick up tips on space-saving techniques for small gardens. (Class is offered twice)

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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