October 2018 Public Education Events

MGNV LogoThe following public education programs scheduled by VCE Master Gardeners in Arlington and Alexandria in October 2018 are open to all, but space may be limited.
To reserve a spot, please register online.

Register for Public Education Classes
Register for the Oct. 5 Urban Agriculture Symposium

ClassesPlant Clinics |   Wednesday Library Garden Talks


Friday, October 5, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church,
4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington 22207

2018 Arlington/Alexandria Urban Agriculture Symposium

2018 AAUA Symposium

A day of fun, food, and learning on topics ranging from urban agriculture policy and innovation to vertical gardening, indoor and rooftop farming, soil health, agriculture business development, private and public community garden management, food waste recycling, season extension, edible landscaping, and building horticulture literacy. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture. The 2018 symposium is sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension, Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, Bushel, Greenstreet Gardens, Love & Carrots, Rooftop Roots, The Fertilizer Institute, and Virginia State University.

Registration is $30 plus $2 credit card fee.
Program schedule and advance registration are online
Registration on the day of the event starts at 8 a.m.
For more information call 703-228-6414.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m.– 12:00 noon
Burke Branch Library
4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304

Native Shrubs for the Home Garden

Clethra alnifolia in woods in July.

Clethra alnifolia in woods in July, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens.
Photo © 2015 Elaine Mills

A variety of native shrubs thrive in our area that can provide beautiful structure and ecological function to your yard. Extension Master Gardeners will teach you how to identify which shrubs will do best in your site, how to select shrubs for your landscape goals — whether you want to create wildlife habitat and attract birds and pollinators, provide screening or a focal point, or just find the right shrub for a problem area — and how to maintain your shrubs to keep them healthy.

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


Sunday, October. 14, 1-3 p.m.
Bon Air Park 
850 N. Lexington St., Arlington 22205

Open House at the Sunny and Quarry Shade Gardens

Fall is a great time to see the demonstration gardens in Bon Air Park. Extension Master Gardeners will show children leaf-rubbing, give tours, answer questions, give away seeds, and raffle off a few plants. No matter your growing conditions, this is the place to get ideas for your garden.

Printable flyer

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

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Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7-8:30 p.m.
Barrett Branch Library
717 Queen St., Alexandria 22314

Putting Your Garden to Bed

Hamamelis virginiana, Witch Hazel

Hamamelis virginiana, Witch Hazel

Fall is an ideal time to plant trees, shrubs, perennials, and even vegetables. Learn easy tips from Extension Master Gardeners for onsite composting, providing winter habitat and food for wildlife, and end-of-season care of tools and equipment. We’ll also help you identify great plants that can add interest to your yard during the gray doldrums of winter.

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

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
  • 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.

2018 Wednesday Library Garden Talks


Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m
Arlington Central Library
1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 222012018 Gardening Talks

October 3: Growing Season Extension and Winter Sowing.
Protect your crops from the chill with hot caps, cold frames, row covers & other techniques. Learn winter sowing technique to start your spring seeds early outdoors in milk jugs. Auditorium

October 10: Harvest Celebration. 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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