September 2018 Public Education Events

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


Saturday, September 7, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Glencarlyn Library Community Garden
300 South Kensington Street, Arlington, VA 22204

Garden Talk: Good Gardens All Start With Good Soil

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

Healthy soil is the foundation for a healthy garden and essential to our planet’s food web. Come tour the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden with an Extension Master Gardener to learn about the elements of good soil and practical ways you can care for the soil in your own garden.

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


Saturday, September 7, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fairlington Community Center
3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206

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Thursday, September 12, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Beatley Central Library
5005 Duke St., Alexandria 22304

Fall Lawn Care and Turf Alternatives

grassFall is the ideal time to restore cool-season grass, the most common turf grass grown on lawns in our area. This program describes how you can improve your lawn and the underlying soil, and outlines steps for preventing and controlling weeds to ensure a beautiful lawn, with an emphasis on sustainable practices that minimize the impact on our native pollinators and wildlife. We’ll also discuss alternatives to turf grass and manageable techniques to reduce the size of your traditional lawn. This class is offered by Extension Master Gardeners

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


Tuesday, September 10, 10:00 –11:00 a.m.
Simpson Park Gardens
420 East Monroe Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301

Simpson Gardens StrollSimpson Gardens Tuesday Stroll

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? Call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.


Saturday, September 14, 1:00 -4:00 p.m.
Organic Vegetable Garden at Potomac Overlook Regional Park,
2845 Marcey Road, Arlington 22207

Organic Vegetable Garden Pepper Fest!

Colorful peppersCome sample the many kinds of peppers that we grow and tour the garden. Extension Master Gardeners will answer questions about growing peppers and other beloved summer crops. We’ll also cover other topics such as composting, soil preparation, seed selection, protecting crops from insects and animals, and ideas for the Fall garden.

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


Sunday, September 15, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Glencarlyn Library Community Garden
300 South Kensington Street, Arlington, VA 22204

Glencarlyn Library Community Garden AutumnFest

Glencarlyn Autumnfest Logo 2018

Come visit the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden for AutumnFest, a lively celebration of fall, herbs and nature. There’s much to learn during three educational presentations

    • 11 a.m. with “Grow Your Own Herbal Teas,” – participants will learn about plants and recipes to create the most soothing and tasty libations.
    • 12 noon – “Succulents for Small Spaces,” – look at how to hop on board with one of the hottest trends in home and garden décor
    • 1 pm  “Container Gardening Made Simple,”  – an introduction to bringing beauty and food into your life using pots.

AutumnFest also offers native and other plants perfect for fall planting; autumnal décor; the opportunity to consult with Extension Master Gardeners, Tree Stewards and Audubon at Home Ambassadors; a chance to visit the Colonial Ball-Sellers House; vendors selling hand-made pots, hand-crafted jewelry, reusable recycled bags and herbal treats with recipes to try at home.

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


Saturday, September 21, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fairlington Community Center
3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206

The Edible Oasis: Permaculture Ideas for Small Urban Yards

Cherry Belle radishes

Cherry Belle Radish at the Organic Vegetable Garden
Photo © 2016 by Nancy Dowling

Get a continuous return from your sweat equity in the garden. Learn to grow vegetables, fruits, nuts, and herbs to produce food now and for many years to come – while reducing your annual labor and investment. Our basic permaculture concepts and designs will let you transform your small urban yard – or a tiny slice of it – into your own mini-food forest. We’ll tour the nascent food forest that Extension Master Gardeners are developing in the Fairlington Teaching Garden.

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


Monday, September 23, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington 22205

Landscaping Techniques and Native Plants for Wet Sites

Panicum virgatum (Switch Grass) in July. Photo by Elaine L. Mills, 2017-07-11, Rockville, Maryland.

Panicum virgatum (Switch Grass) in July.
Photo by Elaine L. Mills, 2017-07-11, Rockville, Maryland.

Has the latest storm swept all your well-placed mulch into your neighbor’s yard and left you with more bog than garden? Come learn about landscaping techniques, appropriate native plants, and local resources to help you address the effects of soggy conditions in your yard. 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


Sunday, September 29, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Simpson Park Gardens
420 East Monroe Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301

Simpson Park Gardens Fall Open House

Penstemon drifts at Simpson Gardens
Photo © 2017 Christa Watters

Join Extension Master Gardeners at the Simpson Park Demonstration Gardens and visit the colorful newly renovated gardens. Learn techniques for deadheading plants, and interesting container gardening ideas. New to the area? Stop by our information table and pick up publications about free public education programs offered throughout the year for home gardening.  Extension Master Gardeners can answer questions regarding native plants, trees and shrubs, pollinator plants, sustainable gardening practices, soil tests and composting, and vegetable gardening. Learn about our Help Desk hours and location for the Alexandria and Arlington communities. Did you know Simpson Garden was once a road bed?

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The garden is certified as an Audubon at Home Wildlife Sanctuary. Extension Master Gardener volunteers will be in the demonstration gardens to answer questions and provide information on sustainable gardening. Simpson includes beds that feature waterwise gardening, scented plants, plants that attract pollinators, plants that prefer shade, and beds that illustrate the use of structure and texture in the garden.

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


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2019 Wednesday Library Garden Talks

gardening basketWednesdays, 7:00 p.m
Arlington Central Library
1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201

 

September 4: Making Teas & Using Herbs from Your Garden.
Teas & herbs have many benefits. Learn what your herb garden can offer for enjoyment and health. Meet in the Bluemont Room.

September 11: Growing Season Extension and Winter Sowing.
Hot caps, cold frames, row covers & other techniques protect your crops from the chill. Plus, learn Winter Sowing techniques to start spring seeds early outdoors, with no lights needed! Meet in the Bluemont Room.

September 18: Permaculture for an Urban Setting.
Discover permaculture, a sustainable way to grow food, with basic designs & tips on how to start. Includes presenters’ journey installing a food forest at Fairlington Community Center. Meet in the Bluemont Room.

September 25: International Flavors from the Garden.
Join AFAC clients, staff & volunteers as they explore international cuisines using harvests from area farms & gardens. Meet in the Quincy Room

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


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 5 days prior to the event at 703-228-6400 or *TTY 800-828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations.


Virginia Cooperative Extension  is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. VCE programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. 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; Jewel E. Hairston, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State, Petersburg.
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