July 2018 Public Education Events

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

Classes |  Wednesday Library Garden Talks | Plant Clinics

Printable Flyer: July 2018 MGNV Flyer


Saturday, July 7, 11 a.m. – 12 noon
Glencarlyn Library Community Garden

300 South Kensington Street, Arlington, VA 22204

Garden Talks: Good Gardens All Start with Good Soil

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

Join Extension Master Gardener volunteers in the Library’s Community Garden the first Saturday of each month to learn about a different sustainable gardening topic. The mission of the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden is to provide resources for Arlington residents to learn how to create gardens in both suburban and urban landscapes. The Garden consists of many smaller gardens including herb, shade, sun, tropical, dry, container, and native gardens

Free. Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Tuesday, July 10, 11 a.m.–12 noon
Simpson Park Gardens

420 East Monroe Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301

Simpson Gardens StrollSimpson Gardens Tuesday Stroll

Extension 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.event address will be provided upon registration.

Free. Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Tuesday, July 10, 6:30-8 p.m.
Tuesday, July 17, 6:30-8 p.m.
Tuesday, July 24, 6:30-8 p.m.
Event address will be provided upon registration.
North Arlington 22205

Twilight Home Gardening Series

purple flowers at twilightThis series of talks by Extension Master Gardeners will focus on a variety of home garden maintenance tasks including summer pruning, weed management, permeable paver maintenance, perennial plant division, and more. Focus will be on sustainable landscape maintenance techniques that will keep plants healthier, reduce work load, increase the landscape curb appeal, and provide wildlife habitat. There will be lots of opportunities for attendees to ask questions and to try their hand at routine garden tasks. Attend one, two, or all three evenings in the series.

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

Thursday, July 12, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Burke Branch Library
4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304

Ticks and Mosquitos and Other Bloodsuckers

Adult Deer TickLearn 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, 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 mgnv.org.
Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Saturday, July 14, 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

Have questions about growing vegetables in Northern Virginia? An Extension 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.

Thursday, July 26, 7:00–8:30 p.m
Fairlington Community Center
3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206

Summer Garden Critter Controls

Pest Management Guide: Home Grounds and Animals, 2018Learn how to manage and control garden critters affecting your vegetables, fruits, ornamentals, and lawn with the Agricultural Natural Resource Extension Agent.  This will be an entertaining look at the Pest Management Guide: Home Grounds and Animals, 2018, published by the Virginia Cooperative Extension (download for free).

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

2018 Wednesday Library Garden Talks

Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m
Arlington Central Library
1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201


July 11: Surviving the Heat.
Learn how heat affects plants, how to protect heat-hating plants, and which plants tolerate heat during our summers.

July 18: Garden Therapy.
A physical therapist teaches how the right moves can help you avoid aching muscles and injury. Auditorium.

July 25: All About Honey Bees.
Want to start a bee hive or just understand how a bee hive works? Learn from an expert bee-keeper the basics of bee-keeping.

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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