July 2019 Public Education Events

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Saturday, July 6, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Glencarlyn Library Community Garden
300 South Kensington Street, Arlington, VA 22204

Garden Talks - First Saturday of the month - June - September

Herbs for Flavor, Fragrance, Health and Butterflies

Tour the herb beds at Glencarlyn Library Community Garden with an Extension Master Gardener to learn about the nurturing properties of herbs for humans and butterflies.

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


Tuesday, July 9, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Simpson Gardens
420 E. Monroe Street, Alexandria 22301

Simpson Garden Stroll

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

Stroll 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.

 


Tuesday, July 9, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Fairlington Community Center
3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206

Twilight Landscape Gardening I:
Native Plants of the Fairlington Community Center

Amsonia tabernaemontana (Bluestar) in April. Photo by Robert M. Kline, 2017-04-17, private garden, Arlington, Virginia.

Amsonia tabernaemontana (bluestar) in April.
Photo © 2017 Robert M. Kline

Come learn how native plants have been integrated into the landscape of the Fairlington Community Center. Extension Master Gardeners will lead a tour showcasing both woody and herbaceous plants and their cultural needs. You’ll come away with tips on how to choose native plants for your own home garden.

[Note: This class is outdoors and seating is not provided. Class will be cancelled due to severe weather involving high winds, heavy rain, or lightning. We, unfortunately, will not reschedule if this occurs.]

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


Thursday, July 11, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cherrydale Library
2190 Military Road, Arlington 22207

Mosquitos 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.

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

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


Saturday, July 13, 11:00 a.m. -12:00 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, July 16, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Fairlington Community Center
3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206

Twilight Landscape Gardening II:
Easy Low-Cost Landscape Maintenance Techniques

Extension Agent Kirsten Conrad demonstrates pruning a Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luykens' (common cherry laurel) hedge during a pruning practicum at the Fairlington Community Center. Photo © 2019 Christa Watters

Extension Agent Kirsten Conrad demonstrates pruning a Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luykens’ (common cherry laurel) hedge at the Fairlington Community Center.
Photo © 2019 Christa Watters

Could you use some tips and tricks to care for your home garden? Extension Master Gardeners will demonstrate pruning, propagation of perennials, and edging and mulching techniques on the grounds of the Fairlington Community Center. Weed management practices for lawn and landscape will also be addressed.

[Note: This class is outdoors and seating is not provided. Class will be cancelled due to severe weather involving high winds, heavy rain, or lightning. We, unfortunately, will not reschedule if this occurs.]

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


Saturday, July 20, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Beatley Library Reading Garden
5005 Duke St., Alexandria 22304

Composting Basics

Turn yard clippings, kitchen waste and excess paper into black gold for your garden! Extension Master Gardeners will show you how to start composting at home, what to put into a compost pile, how to easily maintain it so the materials break down properly, and how to apply it in your own garden and lawn.

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


Tuesday, July 23, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Fairlington Community Center
3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206

Twilight Landscape Gardening III:
Small Space Vegetable Gardening

Raised garden by back fence. Small pallet garden and squash plant in self-watering bucket can also be seen

Raised garden by back fence. Small pallet garden and squash plant in self-watering bucket can also be seen.
Photo © 2018 MGNV

The Fairlington Community Center has a vegetable garden filled with state-of-the-art techniques for food gardening in small spaces. Extension Master Gardeners will provide tips and tricks for producing food in shady garden spaces and particularly focus on management of common pests and diseases and ways to promote pollinator activity.

[Note: This class is outdoors and seating is not provided. Class will be cancelled due to severe weather involving high winds, heavy rain, or lightning. We, unfortunately, will not reschedule if this occurs.]

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


Saturday, July 27, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Barrett Library, 717 Queen Street, Alexandria 22314

Succulents for Small Spaces

Sansevieria trifasciata hahnii

Sansevieria trifasciata hahnii
Photo Creative Commons

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.

Don’t miss our recent article on Succulents for Small Spaces.

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


2019 Wednesday Library Garden Talks 

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

  • July 10: Top 10 Vegetable Diseases.
    Our area’s hot, humid summers make vegetables vulnerable to diseases. Learn how to control the occurrence and spread of plant diseases. Meet by the garden.
  • July 17: Vegetables vs. Summer Heat.
    Learn how heat affects plants, how to protect heat‐hating plants, and which plants tolerate our summer heat. Meet by the garden.
  • July 24: Mushroom Growing.
    Grow your own mushrooms on logs. A hands‐on demonstration with techniques & materials needed for success. Meet by the garden.
  • July 31: Preserving the Harvest – Canning, Freezing
    Learn how to can & freeze fresh produce to savor summer flavors all winter, from experienced Master Food Volunteers. Meet in the Bluemont Room.

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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