May 2018 Public Education Events

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

Classes | Plant Sales | Library Garden Talks | Plant Clinics


Tuesday, May 1, 7–8:30 p.m.
Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington VA 22205

DIY Sustainable Yard Series, Part 5: Problem Plants and Better Alternatives

English ivy (Hedera helix)

English ivy (Hedera helix)

Problem plants in the home garden can out-compete native and beneficial plants and don’t support our local wildlife.  They may even be invasive.  Learn about alternatives and ways to rid your yard of problem plants.

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

Tuesday, May 1, 7–8:30 p.m.
Shirlington Library
4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

Small Space Gardening on Balconies

Container GardenUse your prettiest containers on a balcony to grow flowers, foliage, herbs, and edibles. Learn what plants grow best on balconies and get tips for maintaining them in our tough climate.

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

Tuesday, May 8, 7–8:30 p.m.
Barrett Branch Library
717 Queen St., Alexandria 22314

Victory-gardenSowing the Seeds of Victory:
War Gardens in America

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

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

Tuesday, May 8, 11 a.m.–12 noon
Simpson Park Gardens
420 East Monroe Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301

Simpson Gardens StrollSimpson Gardens Tuesday Stroll

Master Gardener volunteers will be in the Simpson Park demonstration gardens to answer questions and provide information on sustainable gardening. Simpson includes beds that feature waterwise gardening, scented plants, attracting pollinators, plants that prefer shade, and illustrate the use of structure and texture in the garden.

Free. Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or email

Saturday, May 12, 9:30–11:00 a.m.
Fairlington Community Center
3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206

Weeds: Getting to Know Your “Closest Neighbors”

Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule)

Learn why they like your lawn/garden and what you can do to encourage or discourage their presence. Remember, a weed is just a wildflower in the wrong place!

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

Saturday, May 12, 3–4:30 p.m.
Barrett Branch Library
717 Queen St., Alexandria 22314

Small Space Gardening: Edible Landscaping

Organic Vegetables

Organic Vegetables

Even if space is tight in your yard, you can incorporate edible plants into your garden design. We will discuss how to reshape your small yard into a more sustainable landscape, and how to install and maintain your new edible plantings.

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

Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m.–12 noon
Organic Vegetable Garden at Potomac Overlook Regional Park
2845 Marcey Rd., Arlington 22207

Saturday Morning in the Vegetable Garden

March 1, 2017 OVG Harvest

March 1, 2017 OVG Harvest
Photo © 2017 Nancy Dowling

Have questions about growing vegetables in Northern Virginia? A Master Gardener will answer questions and discuss such things as composting, soil preparation, seed selection, and protecting crops from insects and animals.

Free. Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or email

Tuesday, May 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fairlington Community Center
3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206

Learn about Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training

Alyssa demonstrates propagating techniques to a training class. Download permissions

Alyssa demonstrates propagating techniques to a training class.

Have you always wanted to be an Extension Master Gardener? Come and find out what it means to be an Extension Master Gardener volunteer, what the Volunteer Training program includes, and about our mission to share urban agriculture and sustainable landscaping best management practices with our community

Free. Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or email

Thursday, May 31, 7–8:00 p.m.
Cherrydale Library
2190 North Military Rd., Arlington 22207

mosquitoMosquitoes and Ticks: Identification and Control

In this fascinating presentation, you will learn the science of how best to control mosquitoes and ticks, keeping them away from you and your family.  This includes learning how to identify the mosquitoes and ticks that are common in our area, as well as learning about their life cycle, how they reproduce, and where they go in the winter.  We will focus on implementing sustainable options for you and your yard.

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

Note to All: Support Our Plant Sales! 

Glencarlyn Spring Celebration & Plant Sale

Sunday, May 6, 10 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Glencarlyn Branch Library Community Garden
300 South Kensington Street, Arlington, VA 22204

Spring Celebration and Plant Sale - Plants and Nature to Enrich your LIfe

This sale features a wide range of plants cultivated at the garden, as well as native plants from Hill House Native Plants & Nursery and blooming plants and herbs from Country Gardens and the Library Garden. Logs inoculated with mushroom spores, compost tea, local honey, and other nature related products will also be for sale in time for Mother’s Day. Master Gardeners will be available to help with plant selection and garden-related questions.

All proceeds support care and maintenance of the garden. Some items are cash or check only. Come early in the day for the best selection.

For more information:
Alyssa Ford Morel at 703-907-9318 or Elaine Mills at 703-244-7309

Printable Flyer: Glencarlyn Spring Plant Sale 2018

Green Spring’s Plant Sale & Spring Garden Day 

Saturday, May 19, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Unit 13 at Green Spring Gardens 
4603 Green Spring Rd.,
Alexandria, VA 22312

The sale offers a tremendous variety of native and hard-to-find plants for shade or sun from Master Gardeners, along with dozens of nurseries from across the mid-Atlantic region. Enjoy the festive, open-air market in the lovely Green Spring Garden setting. Be sure to stop by the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia tent to select bargain-priced perennials and shrubs raised by our VCE Master Gardeners, and chat with our garden experts about your selections and other garden-related questions.  Located close to the intersection of

Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or email

Printable Flyer: 2018 Green Spring Plant Sale Flyer

2018 Wednesday Library Garden Talks

Arlington Central Library
1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

7 p.m. on Wednesdays

May 2: Foraging for Wild Edibles.
Find edibles in our urban area, by foraging in our wild (and not so wild) areas.

May 9: Tomatoes – Grow for Success.
Tips & tricks for getting the best out of your tomato crop. Fertilizing, pruning & recognizing pests and diseases.

May 16: Weeds 101 – Keep those Weeds at Bay.
Learn how to identify & keep the area’s top ten weeds out of your garden & yard.

May 23: Building Raised Beds. Learn how to build a raised bed.
We will be building a bed during this Talk!

May 30: Top 10 Vegetable Diseases.
Our area’s hot, humid summers make vegetables vulnerable to diseases. Learn how to control the occurrence and spread of plant diseases.

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

Check out our Plant Clinics!  

  • The Arlington Central Library Plant Clinic is open from 6:45–8:45 p.m., every Wednesday through October 24 and is located in the East Lobby of the library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201
  • The Arlington Farmers’ Market Plant Clinic is open every Saturday morning from 8–11 a.m., operating through September 29, and is located at N. 14th St. and N. Courthouse Rd.
  • The Del Ray Farmers Market Plant Clinic, located at 203 E. Oxford Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301 is open from 8:30–11:00 a.m. The clinic opens Saturday, May 5 and runs through September 29.
  • The Alexandria Farmers Market Plant Clinic, located at 301 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314, is open from 7–9:30 a.m. The clinic opens Saturday, May 5 and runs through September 29.
  • VCE Horticultural Help DeskThe VCE Horticulture Help Desk  operates year-round and we welcome your garden-related questions, including those related to plant and insect identification. The Help Desk is staffed 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.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Arlington County Cooperative Extension 5 days prior to the event at 703-228-6400 or *TTY 800-828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations.

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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