The following public education programs, scheduled by Extension Master Gardeners in Arlington and Alexandria in November & December of 2018, are open to all, but space may be limited. To reserve a spot, please register online.
(please note that the same class content is offered twice)
Microgreens: What Are They, Why They Are So Fabulous, and How to Grow Them
Microgreens—you’ve likely seen them, but what makes them so good for you? Join us to learn their many benefits, and some simple ways to grow these delicious, nutritious, and inexpensive baby plants and sprouts in your own home. Plus, we provide supplies for you to plant your own container, so come prepared to get a bit dirty while you make your own microgreen garden in class!
Putting Your Garden to Bed
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.
Gardening to Attract Wildlife in a Yard of Any Size
Looking to attract more birds, butterflies, and pollinators to your yard and in the process help our local ecosystem? Providing wildlife habitat is key, even in small spaces. Learn how to make your yard more attractive to wildlife using sustainable landscaping techniques, many of which require less work and maintenance than traditional gardening methods! Learn about native plants and other resources that can create a healthy garden for birds, butterflies, as well as for you and your family.
The Edible Oasis: Permaculture Ideas for Small Urban Yards
Why is gardening so much work? Learn to grow vegetables, fruits, nuts, and herbs to produce food now and for many years to come, while reducing your annual labor and capital investments. Our basic permaculture concepts and designs will let you transform your small urban yard, or a tiny slice of it, into your own mini food forest.
Check out the Extension Master Gardener Help Desk!
The Extension Master Gardener 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop by to speak with our Help Desk volunteers. It’s best to call before you come to make sure we’re available.
Our other plant clinics will resume in the spring.
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.