February 2019 Public Education Events

MGNV LogoThese public education events for February 2019 are open to all, but space may be limited. To reserve a spot, please register online at https://mgnv.org/public-education-events/vce-horticulture-programs-registration/.


microgreensMicrogreens: What Are They, Why They Are So Fabulous, and How to Grow Them

Monday, February 4, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Barrett Branch Library
717 Queen St., Alexandria VA 22314

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. Plus, we provide supplies for you to plant your own container, a custom “kit” to make your own microgreen garden at home. This class is offered by Extension Master Gardeners.

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


Sustainable Landscaping: Water Conservation

Waterwise Garden at Simpson Gardens in Alexandria in May. Photo © 2016 Christa Watters

Waterwise Garden at Simpson Gardens in Alexandria in May.
Photo © 2016 Christa Watters

Wednesday, February 6, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Columbia Pike Branch Library,
816 South Walter Reed Drive, Arlington 22204

Water is our most precious resource. Learn how to capture and absorb storm water on your property to benefit your garden with the right landscaping techniques and plant choices. This is the third class in a series on sustainable landscaping offered by Extension Master Gardeners to be held at Columbia Pike Branch Library in January/February 2019.

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


Urban Agriculture – Grow What You Eat: Starting Your Own Vegetable Garden

Organic Vegetable Fall Produce

Organic Vegetable Fall Produce

Saturday, February 23, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Burke Branch Library
4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304

OR

Monday, February 25, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington 22205

THIS CLASS IS FULL!

Learn easy-to-implement practices for selecting a site, and evaluating and improving your soil. Find out which plants grow best locally, which are best planted directly via seeds and which are typically transplanted as seedlings. Discover how to attract pollinators and other beneficial insects. Learn to identify and manage pests, weeds and diseases. Get free seeds and a vegetable garden calendar customized for our region. This is the third class in a series on urban agriculture offered by Extension Master Gardeners to be held at Burke and Westover Branch Libraries in Winter/Spring 2019.

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


And coming in early March:

Plot Against Hunger Spring Garden Kick-Off:
Growing Food for Our Neighbors in Need

St. Andrews Plot Against Hunger garden

St. Andrews Plot Against Hunger garden

Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m
Arlington Central Library
1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

Come learn how to support our partner Arlington Food Assistance Center with fresh produce from your garden or community plot. There will be presentations on seed starting, composting, and lasagna & container gardening; exhibit tables on winter gardening and edible landscapes; and demonstrations of fruit tree pruning.  Also free vegetable and herb seeds!

AFAC Logo

Free.  In sponsorship with Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).
RSVP to: https://afac.org/afac-spring-garden-kick-off/.
Light refreshments served.


Sustainable Landscaping: Selecting Native Plants

RESCHEDULED!

The butterfly garden at Simpson Demonstration Gardens in Alexandria, filled with native plants and pollinator attractors. All of Simpson Gardens is made on the site of a former paved road and parking lot. Photo: Christa Watters

The butterfly garden at Simpson Demonstration Gardens in Alexandria, filled with native plants and pollinator attractors. All of Simpson Gardens is made on the site of a former paved road and parking lot. Photo: Christa Watters

Wednesday, March 6, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Westmont Room
Columbia Pike Branch Library,
816 South Walter Reed Drive, Arlington 22204

There’s a palette of plants that is just right for you and that will thrive in your site’s conditions. Learn how to select appropriate plants for your site, what is meant by a native plant versus a cultivar, and some best management practices for installation and maintenance of your planting bed designs. This is the final class in a series on sustainable landscaping offered by Extension Master Gardeners to be held at Columbia Pike Branch Library in January/February 2019.

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


Our Plant Clinics at the Farmers’ Markets and the Arlington Central Library and the Garden Talks at the Arlington Central Library are closed for the season but our Extension Master Gardener Help Desk remains open!

Extension MG Help DeskOur Help Desk operates year-round and we welcome your garden-related questions, including those related to plant and insect identification. The Help Desk operates 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 five days prior to the event at 703-228-6400 or *TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours (8 a.m.–5 p.m.) to discuss accommodations.


Virginia Cooperative Extension  programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. VCE is 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; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

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