September 2018 Public Education Events

MGNV LogoThe following public education programs are scheduled by VCE Master Gardeners in Arlington and Alexandria in September 2018

ClassesPlant Clinics |   Wednesday Library Garden Talks


Classes

Saturday, September 1, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Glencarlyn Library Community Garden
300 South Kensington Street, Arlington, VA 22204

Garden Talk—Partnering with Pollinators:

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

Join Extension Master Gardener (EMG) volunteers in the Library’s Community Garden the first Saturday of each month to learn about a different sustainable gardening topic. This month, EMGs will highlight attracting pollinators to your garden. The mission of the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden is to provide resources for Arlington residents to learn how to create gardens in both the suburban and urban landscape.

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


Tuesday, September 4, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Arlington Central Library, Bluemont Room
1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

OR

Saturday, September 8, 2:30–4:00 p.m.
Barrett Branch Library
717 Queen St., Alexandria VA 22314

Fall Lawn Care

grassFall is the ideal time to restore cool-season grass, the most common turf grass grown on lawns in our area. This program, offered on two different dates, describes how you can improve your lawn and the underlying soil, outlines steps for ensuring a beautiful weed-free lawn, and emphasizes sustainable practices that minimize the impact on our native pollinators and wildlife. We’ll also explore alternatives to turf.

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


Tuesday, September 11, 11 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
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.

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


Tuesday, September 11, 7:00–8:30 p.m.,
Shirlington Branch Library, Campbell Room
4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

Small Space Gardening — Selecting Trees: 

Acer rubrum, Red Maple

Acer rubrum (red maple)
Photo © Elaine Mills

A tree can add beauty, value, and a host of sustainable benefits to your home and yard. There are various trees native to our area that can thrive with the right care in a small space. Learn how to assess your site’s conditions to help you select, plant, and maintain the right tree for your yard.

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


Sunday, September 16, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Glencarlyn Library Community Garden
300 South Kensington Street, Arlington, VA 22204

Glencarlyn Library Community Garden AutumnFest

Glencarlyn Autumnfest Logo 2018

Come see the garden in all of its autumn glory! The morning presentation at 11:00 a.m. is “Weeds or Wildflowers? What’s in Your Garden?” Numerous plants that we rip out of our yards as weeds may be native plants that benefit our local ecology. Learn how to identify some of these and how to work with them in your garden.

The afternoon presentation at 1:00 p.m. is all about “Identifying Invasive Plants in Your Garden.”  Invasive plants like English ivy and porcelain berry can out-compete native and beneficial plants and don’t support our local wildlife. Learn how to identify and rid your yard of some common invasive plants.

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


Tuesday, September 18, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Barrett Branch Library
717 Queen St., Alexandria 22314

OR

Monday, September 24, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Burke Branch Library
4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304

Composting: What to do with all those leaves?

Turn leaves, yard clippings, kitchen waste, and excess paper into black gold for your garden. Learn how you can start composting at home, what to put into a compost pile, how to maintain it easily so the materials break down properly, and how to apply it to your garden and lawn.

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


Thursday, September 27, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Beatley Central Library
5005 Duke St., Alexandria 22304

Native Grasses and Sedges for the Home Garden

Clump of Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Clump of Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)
Photo © Elaine Mills

Native grasses and sedges can add structure and beauty to your garden all year long. Come explore landscaping uses for native grasses and sedges, learn how to maintain them, and appreciate the important ways that these plants support wildlife.

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


Sunday, September 30, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Simpson Park Gardens
420 East Monroe Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301

Fall Open House and 25th Anniversary Celebration

Penstemon drifts at Simpson Gardens
Photo © 2017 Christa Watters

Come celebrate 25 years of gardening in Simpson Park with us! The Simpson Park Demonstration Gardens are a fine example of cooperation between the City of Alexandria and the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. Simpson was built on top of an old road bed and parking lot, adding a green, peaceful, and environmentally beneficial space to Simpson Park, which is used otherwise largely for athletic purposes and a playground.

Audubon at home Logo

The garden is certified as an Audubon at Home Wildlife Sanctuary. Extension Master Gardener volunteers will be in the demonstration gardens to answer questions and provide information on sustainable gardening. Simpson includes beds that feature waterwise gardening, scented plants, plants that attract pollinators, plants that prefer shade, and beds that illustrate the use of structure and texture in the garden.

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


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2018 Wednesday Library Garden Talks

Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m

Arlington Central Library
1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

September 5: Making Teas and Using Herbs from Your Garden.
Teas & herbs have many benefits. Learn what your garden can offer you for enjoyment and health. 2nd floor conference room.

September 12: Fruit Trees for the Landscape.
Fruit trees provide food for years to come & add beauty. Learn about best varieties for NOVA. 2nd floor conference room.

September 19: Lasagna Gardening
Here’s an easy no-dig, no-till organic gardening method that builds rich soil in your garden bed. 2nd floor conference room.

September 26: International Flavors from the Gardens.
Join Arlington Food Assistance Center clients, staff & volunteers as they explore international cuisines using harvests from our local farms & gardens. Auditorium

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


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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