March 2019 Public Education Events

MGNV LogoThese public education events for March 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/.


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

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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!

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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.Sustainable Landscaping Native Plants MGNV Logos

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

 


Spring Lawn Care and Turf Alternatives

Saturday, March 9, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington 22205

lawn closeupMake your lawn a more environmentally sustainable part of your home garden. We will discuss the best types of grasses for our area, specific springtime turf management practices, nutrient management and soil testing, and basic pest and disease management. If, however, you’ve grown tired of the time and cost to mow, water, and fertilize your lawn, we’ll also discuss turf alternatives to the traditional lawn.

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.


Wintertime Woody Plant Pruning . . . and Why It is the Best Time to Prune (Many) Trees and Shrubs

Coordinators at the Glencarlyn Garden carefully prune red twig dogwood in late winter to encourage the growth of young red stems.

Coordinators at the Glencarlyn Garden carefully prune red twig dogwood in late winter to encourage the growth of young red stems.

Saturday, March 9, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
American Horticultural Society River Farm
7931 E. Boulevard Drive, Alexandria 22308

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Sunday, March 10, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
21 West Walnut Street, Alexandria 22301

Ever wonder when you should prune your roses or boxwood? Come for hands-on training on the how, when, and why to prune hedges, multi-stem shrubs, small trees, and large branches. The results will be healthier and bushier growth, more (or less) flowers and fruit, and attractive landscaping. Bring your own tools, and remember to dress for the weather! Entire class is held outdoors.

This class is offered by Extension Master Gardeners.

Free. Advance registration required by March 7, 2019 at mgnv.orgSpace is limited and we cannot accept walk-ins. Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.


MGNV---Native-Plants-LogoTHIS CLASS IS FULL! Native Plants for Shade Gardens

Tuesday, March 12, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Barrett Branch Library
717 Queen St., Alexandria VA 22314

Do you fret about planting in a shady spot, worried that without sun the plants won’t make it? Come learn how to select native plants that thrive in partial or deep shade and are best suited for your soil conditions. We’ll discuss how to layer in natives with the plants, shrubs, and trees already in your shady yard and best practices for maintenance.

This class is offered by Extension Master Gardeners.


Urban Agriculture – Planning your Perfect Small Space Garden

MGNV---Urban-Agriculture-LogoSaturday, March 23, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Burke Branch Library
4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304

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Monday, March 25, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington 22205

Fairlington front garden Photo © 2018 Elena Rodriguez

Fairlington front garden: Callas, herbs & annuals in containers; native plants including swamp milkweed & oak leaf hydrangea.
Photo © 2018 Elena Rodriguez

What’s the big deal about small gardens? Small gardens can yield big results in food production, color, function, recreation, and aesthetics. Knowing your goals is essential. Learn to identify your objectives for your unique small space; get ideas on maximizing your space, learn the steps to evaluate your existing conditions and the basics of choosing plantings that will both meet your goals and thrive.  We will consider container gardening, balcony gardening, vegetable gardening, and small in-ground gardens.

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.


And coming in early April:

Small Space Gardening for Pollinators

Flowers and pollinators at the garden

Flowers and pollinators at the Glencarlyn Garden.
Photo © Judy Funderburk

Research has shown the importance residential gardens play in providing environmental support for wildlife. Learn which plants will attract and fill the needs of our native pollinators even if your garden space is limited to a small yard, a patio, or a balcony. Best gardening practices for pollinators, and special considerations for designing and maintaining successful containers of native plants will also be discussed.

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.


Check out our Plant Clinics!  

The Arlington Central Library Plant Clinic will be open from 6:45 p.m. -8:45 p.m. every Wednesday from March 20 through October 23 and is located in the East Lobby of the Library, 1015 N. Quincy St.

MGNV---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 open 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 5 days prior to the event.


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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