April 2019 Public Education Events

MGNV LogoThese public education events for April 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/.


Small Space Gardening for Pollinators

THIS CLASS IS FULL!

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.


Saturday, April 6, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Burke Branch Library
4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304

OR

Tuesday, April 9, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington 22205

Tomato Love

Sungolds, Romas

Sungolds, Romas
Photo © 2016 Nancy Dowling

Americans love tomatoes – whether it’s that first bite of a BLT, a bowl of cool gazpacho or cherry tomatoes picked off the plant and popped into your mouth, tomatoes are the 2nd most consumed vegetable in the world! Learn everything you need to know to grow exceptional tomatoes: understand the many varieties; select those that suit your needs; prepare your garden; plant and nurture your plants; and harvest tasty tomatoes of your own this summer.

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.


Tuesday, April 16, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Beatley Central Library
5005 Duke St., Alexandria 22304

Mosquitos and Ticks: Identification and Control

Adult Deer Tick

Adult Deer Tick

Learn the lifecycle and science of how best to control mosquitoes and ticks, keeping them away from you and your family without pesticides. Extension Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists will teach you how to identify the mosquitoes and ticks that are common in our area, as well as learning about their life cycle, how they reproduce, and where they go in the winter. We will focus on implementing sustainable options for you, your yard, and your neighborhood.

This class is offered by Extension Master Gardeners and Extension Master Naturalists

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


Wednesday, April 17, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Arlington Mill Community Center
909 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington 22204

EarthFest

hand holding photo of earthEnjoy a special Earth Day Festival to learn about compost, recycling, energy efficiency and much more. Play recycling games, learn how to compost and create upcycled art. Stations include representatives from AIRE, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Environmental Services, Arlington Art Truck, Remove Invasive Plants, Creative Arts, Fitness, and more. This activity takes place over Spring Break, and all ages are invited.

Free. Questions? See Arlington Parks and Recreation Earthfest.


Saturday, April 27, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Barrett Branch Library
717 Queen St., Alexandria VA 22314

OR

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

Grow Your Own Herbal Teas

Herbal Teas and recipes

Herbal teas and recipes
Photo ©2017 Patrick Gregerson

Enjoy creating your own herbal tea garden! Bring the flavor, health, beauty and convenience of homegrown herbs to your teatime. Our simple DIY techniques will show you how to plant, care for and harvest herbs that thrive in our area – in a garden or in containers – for flavorful teas with minimal time and effort.

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.


Saturday, April 27, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Kenmore Middle School
202 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington 22204

Arlington Home Show & Garden Expo

Arlington Home Show and Garden ExpoSustainable landscaping practices can have a positive impact on the health of your home garden and the value of your property. This year’s family-friendly community event offers classes on turf alternatives, edible landscaping, and energy smart landscape lighting solutions. Extension Master Gardeners at the Ask the Master Gardener table will answer your questions on a variety of topics such as composting, mosquito and tick control, and vegetable gardening. Check here for class times: http://arlingtonhomeshow.org/free-classes/.

Free. Questions? Contact Extension Master Gardeners at telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.


Saturday, April 27, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Lenny Harris Memorial Fields at Braddock Park
1005 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria 22301

Alexandria Earth Day: Climate Change – Take Action!

Alexandria Earth DayExtension Master Gardeners will be on hand to share secrets of successful non-chemical mosquito management and container gardening. This family-friendly community event will include educational exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for all ages.

Free. For general information about Alexandria Earth Day, see https://www.alexandriava.gov/EarthDay.


Sunday, April 28, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Simpson Park Gardens 
420 E. Monroe Street, Alexandria 22301

City Nature Challenge 2019 at Simpson Park Garden

At Simpson Garden in Alexandria, an Extension Master Gardener will lead an event on April 28 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm for the City Nature Challenge taking place April 26 – 29. In the challenge cities around the globe will compete to see who can find the most species of plants, animals, reptiles, and fungi, and who can engage the most people. In 2018, the Washington, D.C. metro region came in fifth out of sixty-nine cities! Where better to observe flora and fauna than in public and home gardens?iNaturalist logo with hand holding phone

Download the iNaturalist app (https://www.inaturalist.org/) to your cell phone and come join the fun. No cell phone? Your sharp eyes can make observations for others to document. Arlington Regional Master Naturalists will also lead events during the four-day challenge at a number of area parks.

For those event times, check https://armn.org/volunteer-opportunities/. Look for the City Nature Challenge 2019 signs. Open to all ages.

Free. Questions? Contact Extension Master Gardeners at telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.


And coming in early May:

Saturday, May 4, 10 am – 3 p.m.
Organic Vegetable Garden
Potomac Overlook Regional Park
2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington, 22207

Organic Vegetable Garden Open House

Judy with the Rye and Vetch

Judy with the Rye and Vetch – at the Organic Vegetable Garden
Photo © 2016 by Nancy Dowling

Learn organic vegetable gardening techniques at our Demonstration Garden—composting, early planting, best varieties, and more!

Free. Questions? Contact Extension Master Gardeners at telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com


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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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