June 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, June 1, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Glencarlyn Library Community Garden
300 South Kensington Street, Arlington, VA 22204

Gardening for Pollinators – A Redesign of the Glencarlyn Pollinator Bed

Learn from Extension Master Gardener interns how they designed and installed a trellis and selected native plants to serve as nectar and host plants for a variety of pollinators in the renovation of the Pollinator Bed at Glencarlyn Library Community Garden.

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


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! Whatever the conditions in your yard you will find plant selections, combinations and ideas aplenty at the Sunny Garden and the Quarry Shade Garden Open House in Bon Air Park. Come enjoy special activities including seed planting for kids, an informational walk to learn about trees in the park, free seed giveaway and a plant raffle. The Sunny Garden is adjacent to the parking lot and the Quarry Shade Garden is a short walk on the W&OD bicycle trail.

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


Monday, June 3, 2019

Plan Now for Arlington County Fair Competitive Exhibits in August 2019

Arlington County Fair Logo 2019Have you just planted your vegetable bed or your summer annuals, or do you have summer flowering shrubs in your yard? If you live in Arlington County, Alexandria City, the City of Falls Church, or Ft. Myer-Joint Base Henderson, you are eligible to enter your vegetables or ornamentals in the Competitive Exhibits of the Arlington County Fair. Compete for blue ribbons! Enjoy growing the best squash, the tallest corn stalk, the most perfect zinnia! There are separate categories for adults, teens, and children. Look at what is growing in your garden and plan now to enter your best in the County Fair.

More information about specific categories, dates, and entry forms at Arlington County Fair Competitive Exhibits


Saturday, June 8, 11:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Organic Vegetable Garden
Potomac Overlook Regional Park
2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington, 22207

Ask an Extension Master Gardener at the Organic Vegetable Garden

Overwintered Swiss Chard with new fava beans and spinach

Overwintered Swiss Chard with new fava beans and spinach – at the Organic Vegetable Garden
Photo © 2016 by Nancy Dowling

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


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

Simpson Garden Stroll

Simpson Gardens StrollStroll through Simpson Gardens with Extension Master Gardeners as they describe the gardens’ variety of demonstration beds that combine sustainable gardening practices with appealing aesthetics: waterwise gardening, scented plants, plants that attract pollinators, plants that prefer shade, and plants that have appealing structure and texture.

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


Monday, June 17, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Beatley Library Reading Garden
5005 Duke St., Alexandria 22304

The Hospitable Garden: Welcoming Beautiful Butterflies, Moths and Other Critters

While beautiful, Lepidoptera such as this swallowtail butterfly, are not the most efficient pollinators. Photo © Elaine Mills

While beautiful, Lepidoptera such as this swallowtail butterfly, are not the most efficient pollinators.
Photo © Elaine Mills

Are you interested in welcoming butterflies to your garden? This talk will help you learn how to be a good host to Lepidoptera, providing cultural tips and plant suggestions to make your winged guests feel right at home. Join us for this fun and educational event during National Pollinator Week (June 17 – 24). This event is offered by Extension Master Gardeners.

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


Saturday, June 22, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Beatley Library Reading Garden
5005 Duke St., Alexandria 22304

Dig’em, Kill’em, Eat’em: Ways to Get Rid of Weeds

Lamium amplexicaule (Henbit)

Learn why weeds like your lawn/garden, what you can do to encourage or discourage their presence, and even which ones you can eat. Remember, a weed is just a wildflower in the wrong place! This event is offered by Extension Master Gardeners.

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


Saturday, June 22, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Columbia Pike Branch Library,
816 South Walter Reed Drive, Arlington 22204

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Saturday, June 29, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Burke Branch Library
4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304

Succulents for Small Spaces

Sedum ternatum, Wild Stonecrop

Sedum ternatum, Wild Stonecrop
Photo © 2016 Elaine Mills

Do you live in a small space? Succulents are a perfect choice if you live in an apartment or condo and want to incorporate plants into your small space. We’ll explore what makes a plant a succulent, their geographic origins, and why they are great options for small spaces. You’ll learn all about the light, water, and soil requirements for successfully growing succulents. This event is offered by Extension Master Gardeners.

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

New class added to June schedule!

Thursday, June 27, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Burke Branch Library
4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304

Mosquitoes and Ticks: Identification and Control

Learn the science of how best to control mosquitoes and ticks, and how to keep them away from you and your family without pesticides. Extension Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists will teach you how to identify the common mosquitoes and ticks our area, 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.

Check out our recent article on Protecting Yourself From Ticks . . . Without Harming Pollinators


2019 Wednesday Library Garden Talks 

gardening basket7:00 p.m.
Arlington Central Library, 2nd Floor Conference Room
1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

June 5: How to Grow Squash & Cucurbits.
Cucumber beetles, borers, wilt & mildew problems? Learn growing & pest control techniques for squashes & cukes.
Talk meets by the garden (tennis court side).

June 12: Insects: Pests & Beneficials.
Learn from an expert how to manage pests and favor beneficial insects in your garden without resorting to chemicals.
Talk meets by the garden (tennis court side).

June 19: Weeds 101 – Keep those Weeds at Bay.
Learn how to identify some local weeds & best ways to deal with them (Hint: some are edible!).
Talk meets by the garden (tennis court side).

June 26: Body Techniques for the Garden.
A physical therapist teaches you how the right moves can help you avoid aching muscles and injury.
Talk meets by the garden (tennis court side).

AFAC logoFree. No registration necessary. Presented with the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).


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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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