May 2019 Public Education Events

MGNV - Public Education logoPublic education events are open to all, but space may be limited. To reserve a spot, please REGISTER ONLINE.

Saturday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 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 Organic Vegetable Demonstration Garden nestled in Potomac Overlook Regional Park. We have tips on composting, early planting, selecting best varieties, and more!

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


Sunday, May 5, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Glencarlyn Library Community Garden
300 South Kensington Street, Arlington, VA 22204

Glencarlyn Library Community Garden Spring Celebration and Plant Sale

Flyer about Glencarlyn Spring CelebrationNative plants and nature to enrich your home and life! Join us rain or shine. The sale will include native and locally propagated plants, compost tea, local honey, hand-made pots, hand-made reusable bags, t-shirts, and nature related items (please note that some items may be cash or check only). Extension Master Gardeners will be available to help with plant selection and gardening questions. All proceeds support care and maintenance of the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden.

 

Free. Questions? Contact Alyssa Ford Morel at 703-907-9318,
Elaine Mills at 703-244-7309 or email glencarlynlibrarygarden@gmail.com.


Spring crops in May 2018 at the Organic Vegetable Garden. Photo © 2018 Judy Salveson

Spring crops in May 2018 at the Organic Vegetable Garden.
Photo © 2018 Judy Salveson

Saturday, May 11, 10:00 – 11 a.m.
Organic Vegetable Garden
Potomac Overlook Regional Park
2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington, 22207

Ask a Gardener at the Organic Vegetable Garden

Have questions regarding growing vegetables in Northern Virginia? Come to the Organic Vegetable Garden in Potomac Overlook Regional Park to talk all things vegetable with an Extension Master Gardener.

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


Saturday, May 11, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Burke Branch Library
4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304

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Tuesday, May 21, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington 22205

Container Gardening for Food, Fun and Beauty

Fairlington front garden Photo © 2018 Elena Rodriguez

Fairlington front garden – a mix of herbs and natives, right after planting. Rosemary, sage, thyme, tarragon and mint in containers.
Photo © 2018 Elena Rodriguez

Learn how to grow edible and ornamental plants in containers on your porch, deck, balcony or patio. This workshop will cover soil, containers, maintenance and selection of suitable plants.

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.


Monday, May 13, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Arlington Central Library,
1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

Mosquitos and Ticks: Identification and Control

Adult Deer Tick

Adult Deer Tick

Learn the 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.

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


Tuesday, May 14, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 
Simpson Gardens
420 E. Monroe Street, Alexandria 22301

Simpson Garden Stroll

Simpson Gardens StrollJoin us for the first stroll of the year at Simpson Gardens. Tour the gardens’ demonstration beds that feature waterwise gardening, scented plants, plants that attract pollinators, plants that prefer shade, and plants that illustrate the use of structure and texture. Extension Master Gardeners will be in the garden to answer questions on sustainable gardening practices.

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


Saturday, May 18, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Green Spring Gardens
4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria 22312

Green Spring Garden Day and Big Plant Sale

All plants are propagated by Extension Master Gardeners in their own gardens or in our Demonstration Gardens. Unit 13 at Green Spring Gardens Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A variety of plants to include: Native plants Plants for pollinators Shade and sunny solutions Cash, checks and credit cards accepted Located close to the intersection of Braddock Rd. and Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA 22312The Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (MGNV) will be joining over 40 vendors selling plants at Green Spring Gardens. MGNV will be offering a variety of plants including VA natives and will be on hand to answer your questions. There will be a bake sale and food trucks. Don’t miss this exciting annual tradition! This event is hosted by Friends of Greens Spring Gardens (FROGS) and proceeds help purchase plants for the gardens and support educational efforts at Green Spring.
More information is at Spring Garden Day 2019.

Free. Questions? Telephone FROGS at 703-642-5173 or email info@friendsofgreenspring.org.


Tuesday, May 21, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Fairlington Community Center
3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206

Information Night for Fall 2019 Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program

Master Gardener Susan Lewis with Carlin Hall Pre-Schooler, watering in the pansies

Master Gardener Susan Lewis with Carlin Hall Pre-Schooler, watering the pansies

Do you want to be a volunteer educator, love gardening, and want to protect our environment by sharing what you learn with our community? Then consider becoming an Extension Master Gardener (EMG)! Come to Information Night and learn what EMGs do and what the requirements of the volunteer training program include. You will meet our Extension Agent and Program Coordinator, as well as many of our dedicated volunteers. You will be able to pick up application materials and ask recent graduates of our volunteer training program about their experience. Join us!

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


Thursday, May 23, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Simpson Gardens
420 E. Monroe Street, Alexandria 22301

Simpson Garden Family Night

Alyssa teaches a young garden visitor about bumblebees.

Teaching a young garden visitor about bumblebees.

Bee seen in your garden in 2019! We will have bee-and butterfly-friendly seed planting for kids. Take home a kit to create a Butterfly Puddler in your yard, and plenty of plant ideas for pollinator gardens, herb gardens, and container gardening. Come learn why planting native plants are the best choices for the home garden. Extension Master Gardeners will be there to answer your questions. A fun evening for all ages!

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


Saturday, May 25, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Beatley Library Reading Garden
5005 Duke St., Alexandria 22304

Tips for Selecting Native Plants for Your Home Garden

July Sunny Garden with native perennials including Rudbeckia and Liatris (front) and Eupatorium spp. (Joe-Pye Weed) and white Phlox paniculata (behind). © Mary Free

Native perennials including Rudbeckia and Liatris (front) and Eupatorium spp. (Joe-Pye Weed) and white Phlox paniculata (behind). © Mary Free

Find out which plants are easiest to grow, because they already call this area home. Learn how to select appropriate plants that will thrive best in the conditions of your yard. We’ll discuss some best practices for planting and maintenance and some tips and techniques to help you attract birds, butterflies and pollinators to your garden.

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 June:

Sunday, June 2, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Bon Air Park 
850 N. Lexington St., Arlington 22205

Open House for Sunny and Shade Demonstration Gardens

Visit two Extension Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens at once! Both the Quarry Shade Garden and the Sunny Garden will be open Sunday afternoon at Bon Air Park. Whatever the conditions in your yard you will find plant selections, combinations, and ideas. Extension Master Gardeners will be on hand to provide growing tips.

Free. Questions? 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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