June 2018 Public Education Events

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

Classes |  Wednesday Library Garden Talks | Plant Clinics


Friday, June 1, 6:00–7:30 p.m., OR Saturday, June 2, 10–11:30 a.m.
Class meets outside, in front of
2416 Ridge Road Drive, Alexandria 22302

Summertime Pruning of Woody Shrubs

Hugh Robinson and Mary Frase pruning the Shade Garden’s redbud tree.

Come for hands-on training from Extension Master Gardeners on the how, when, and why of summer pruning of hedges, multi-stem shrubs, small trees, and 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? Call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 2, 10:30 a.m.
Glencarlyn Library Community Garden
300 South Kensington Street, Arlington, VA 22204

Garden Talks: Herbs for Flavor, Fragrance, Health and Butterflies

Library Garden Talks First Saturday of the month in the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden

Learn how to plan and improve your garden from the experts.

Free.  More information at library.arlingtonva.us/events 

Monday, June 4, 7–8:30 p.m.
Burke Branch Library
4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304


Tuesday, June 5, 7–8:30 p.m.
Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington VA 22205

The Kitchen Herb Garden

Rosemary in bloom

Rosemary in bloom

Enjoy creating your own kitchen herb garden and bring flavor, health, beauty, and convenience to your family’s mealtime. Learn simple techniques from Extension Master Gardeners for planting, caring for, and harvesting your favorite superfoods — in a garden or in containers — to enjoy fresh herbs at your fingertips with minimal time and effort.

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

Saturday, June 9, 10–11 a.m.
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 mgarlalex@gmail.com.


Tuesday, June 12, 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 mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Tuesday, June 19, 7–8:30 p.m.
Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington VA 22205

Mosquitoes and Ticks: Identification and Control


Learn the lifecycle and science of how best to control mosquitoes and ticks, keeping them away from you and your family. Extension Master Gardeners will teach you how to identify the mosquitoes and ticks that are common in our area. You will learn about the life cycle, how the critters reproduce, and where they go in the winter. We will focus on sustainable options for you and your yard.

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

Saturday, June 23, 10:30–12:00 p.m.
Shirlington Library
4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

Small Space Gardening: Edible Landscaping 

Organic Vegetables

Organic Vegetables

Extension Master Gardeners will teach you to incorporate edible plants into your garden design even if space is tight in your yard. 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 mgnv.org.
Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.


2018 Wednesday Library Garden Talks

Arlington Central Library
1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

June 6: Pollination, Pollinators & Flowers in the Garden
Diverse plantings of perennials welcome bees and beneficial insects. Visit the library’s native flower garden.

June 13: Insects: Pests & Beneficials
Learn from an expert how to manage the pests & favor beneficial insects in your garden.

June 20: Composting & Vermiculture
Compost is superior to fertilizers & mulches. Kitchen scraps are ex- cellent sources of food for worms, which turn garbage into rich soil. Learn basics of composting & vermiculture for nutrient-rich compost.

June 27: Mushroom Growing 
Grow your own mush- rooms on logs. This hands-on demonstration includes the techniques & materials you need for success.

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 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 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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