April 2018 Public Education Events

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

Printable: April 2018 Publicity Flyer


Plant Selection: DIY Sustainable Yard Series

Natives summer phlox and red bee balm (behind) in July 2010. Photo Credit: Mary Free

Wednesday, April 4, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Beatley Central Library
5005 Duke St., Alexandria VA 22304
OR
Tuesday, April 10, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington VA 22205

There’s a perfect palette selection of plants right for you that will thrive best in the conditions of your site.  Learn how to select appropriate plants for your site, what is meant by a native plant versus a cultivar, and some best practices for planting and maintenance.

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


2018 Gardening Talks at Arlington Central Library
2018 Gardening Talks Planning & Planting the Herb Garden

Wednesday, April 4, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

If herbs be the spice of life, plant on! An ounce of oregano, a sprig of rosemary can change a dish from okay to delicious.

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


Arlington County Earth Fest!

Earth Fest 2018 FlyerMonday, April 9, 10 am-12 pm
Arlington Mill Community Center,
909 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington 22204

This is a new family-friendly community event featuring an “Ask the Master Gardener” table; topics covered include seed distribution, paper pot making, and transplanting of seedlings.  Please join us!

Free.
Contact Details:
nenglund@arlingtonva.us
703-228-7369


2018 Gardening Talks at Arlington Central Library
2018 Gardening TalksIrrigation: Gravity Drip Systems with Rain Barrels, Ollas, DIY Sub-irrigated Planters

Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

Water conservation saves money and natural resources. Learn about efficient drip irrigation systems that deliver water directly to roots.

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


Arlington Home Show & Garden Expo

Arlington Homeshow & Garden ExpoSaturday, April 14, 10 am – 4 pm,
Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington 22204

 This is a family-friendly community event featuring an “Ask the Master Gardener” table; topics covered include composting, soil fertility, and turf alternatives.  

Free. http://arlingtonhomeshow.org


2018 Gardening Talks at Arlington Central Library
2018 Gardening TalksGarden Structures: Supports, Going Vertical, and Rabbit & Deer Control

Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

Lack space? Grow up! Have rabbit & other critter problems? Learn about garden structures that support tomatoes, vines, and other crops to increase yields, improve circulation, prevent disease, AND keep those critters out.

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


Vegetable Gardening Series, Part 5: Square Foot Gardening

Square Foot Garden

Square Foot Garden
Photo © 2017 Madeleine Faust

Thursday, April 19, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Burke Branch Library
4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304
OR
Saturday, April 21, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington 22205

Using this system, originated by Mel Bartholomew, you can grow more fresh produce with less in a small space, and save time with less watering, weeding, and tilling. Learn the simple principles of square foot gardening that give you a high yield, easily maintained intensive garden.  

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


Aprilfest

Walker Chapel LogoSaturday, April 21, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Walker Chapel
4102 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, 22207

 This is a family-friendly community event featuring an “Ask the Master Gardener” table; topics include with a focus on container gardening.

Free.


Small Space Gardening: Selecting Trees & Shrubs

Peonies in the perennial garden with boxwood shrubs beyond

Peonies in the perennial garden with boxwood shrubs beyond
Photo © 2017 Elaine Mills

Monday, April 23, 7-8:30 p.m.
Barrett Branch Library
717 Queen St., Alexandria 22314

 Even if space is tight in your yard, there are a variety of trees and shrubs native to our area that could work for you. We will discuss how to assess your site and soil conditions, how to select trees and shrubs to reshape your small yard into a more sustainable landscape, and how to install and maintain your new plantings

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


2018 Gardening Talks at Arlington Central Library
2018 Gardening Talks Balcony & Container Gardening

Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

Apartment and condo dwellers can also enjoy gardening on roof decks & balconies in containers. Learn how to plant containers for vegetables and herbs, creating food and beauty at the same time.

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


Alexandria Earth Day

Alexandria Earth DaySaturday, April 28, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m
Harris Memorial Fields at Braddock Park, 1005 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria 22301

This year’s theme is Local Action, Global Impact. The event will include educational exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for all ages.  

Free. Earth Day Contact Information
For general inquiries on Alexandria Earth Day, or to help sponsor the event, please contact Eldon Boes, Committee Chair at boes509@comcast.net.


Walter Reed Garden Group  

Wildlife Garden

Wildlife Garden
Photo © 2017 Elaine Mills

Monday, April 30, 1-3 p.m.
Walter Reed Community and Senior Center
2909 S. 16th St., Arlington 22204

Share your knowledge and experience, learn from each other, and enjoy the company of other seniors (55+) who understand the challenges, rewards, and wonder of gardening. 

Ages: 55+ Cost: Free
Contact Details: LeeAnne Kaniut
703-228-0955


Gardening in Containers, Window Boxes, and on Balconies

Container GardenMonday, April 30, 7-8:30 pm,
Barrett Branch Library
717 Queen St., Alexandria 22314
OR
Tuesday, May 1, 7-8:30 p.m.
Shirlington Library
4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

Use your prettiest containers in a sunny window or on a balcony or patio to grow flowers, foliage, herbs, and edibles. Learn what works best in these special places and get tips for maintaining them in our tough climate.

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


Sowing the Seeds of Victory: War Gardens in America

Victory-gardenMonday, April 30, 7-8:30 pm,
Burke Branch Library
4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304

Provides an overview of home food production during World War I and describes how contemporary gardeners can grow the same crops in your gardens today.

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


Check out our Plant Clinics!  

The Arlington Central Library Plant Clinic is now open from 6:45-8:45 pm, every Wednesday through October 24 and is located in the East Lobby of the library, 1015 N. Quincy St.  Click here to find out when the Farmers’ Market Plant Clinics start.

 Horticulture Help Desk 

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.


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.


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