October 2019 Public Education Events

MGNV LogoThe following public education programs scheduled by VCE Master Gardeners in Arlington and Alexandria in October 2019 are open to all, but space may be limited.
To reserve a spot, please register online.

ClassesPlant Clinics |   Wednesday Library Garden Talks

October is Urban Agriculture Month!

In October we celebrate the farmers and gardeners who provide the bounty of food we enjoy. Several events are being held in Arlington and Alexandria, including VCE Master Gardener programs and Garden Talks at the Arlington Central Library on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. See below for specific events.

Two Special Events:

    • October 2019 Urban Agriculture Month FlyerJoin Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture at Barley Mac in Rosslyn on Thursday, October 3 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. for the October Urban Agriculture Month Kickoff Event & Social Hour  – enjoy food and refreshments, and learn how we can accelerate urban agriculture initiatives in Arlington.
      Special guest speaker Wythe Marschall, a national expert in vertical and indoor farming, will lead a discussion on how we can transplant best practices from New York City and European cities to grow a sustainable, just and secure food system in Arlington.
    • On Friday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Arlington Arts Center, 3553 Wilson Blvd, EcoAction Arlington will hold its 2019 EcoExtravaganza. This year’s theme will focus on Celebrating Our Waterways from Source to Sea – a critical part of urban agriculture.

More information on these and additional events can be found at http://home.arlingtonurbanag.org/events. And don’t forget to stop by a Farmer’s Market!


Friday, October 4, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus
Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center Building
The Forum Meeting Room
8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale 22003

Home Owner Associations (HOAs) and Condo Associations: Sustainable Solutions to Landscaping Headaches

Is your community association board or property management company wrestling with problems like erosion, flooding, unused lawns and unattractive green spaces? This half-day symposium will focus on how HOAs and condo associations can develop plans to upgrade the green infrastructure in their communities. Learn about the role of native plants in sustainable landscaping, the resources available for investing in ecologically focused community projects, and how to work with your community bylaws or committees to ensure positive outcomes. Success stories from local communities will be featured and a variety of experts in the field will be on hand to answer questions at a poster session. This event is sponsored by Plant NOVA Natives – learn more and register for this symposium.

Questions? Telephone 703-244-9174 or email plantnovanatives@gmail.com.

Monday, October 7, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Burke Branch Library
4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304

Landscaping Techniques and Native Plants for Wet Sites

All wood chips were swept away leaving only bare dirt after the big storm at the Shade Garden at Bon Air Park.
Photo © 2019 Carolyn Vincent

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

Tuesday, October 8, 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.

Tuesday, October 22, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Arlington Mill Community Center
909 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington 22204

Preparing Your Garden for Winter

Hamamelis virginiana, Witch Hazel

Hamamelis virginiana, Witch Hazel

Fall is the ideal time to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials, and even vegetables. Come learn easy tips for onsite composting, providing winter habitat and food for wildlife, and end-of-season care of tools and equipment. We’ll also help you identify plants that can add interest to your yard in wintertime. This class if offered by Extension Master Gardeners.

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

Saturday, October 26, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fairlington Community Center
3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206

Fruit Trees for the Home Garden

MGNV - Urban Agriculture LogoAre you ready to turn your yard into a mini-food forest? Come learn tips and techniques to help you successfully select and care for fruit trees commonly grown in our area such as apples, cherries, peaches, nectarines, figs, pears and other fruits. You’ll learn best practices for assessing your site, pruning, watering and fertilizing, integrated pest management, and other techniques to maximize your harvest. This class is offered by Extension Master Gardeners.

Free. Questions? Call 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


October 2: Garlic – Growing, History.
Plant this fall, harvest next summer. Learn varieties and the fascinating history! Meet in the Quincy Room.

October 9: Growing Microgreens & Sprouts.
Healthy, easy & low cost to grow indoors. Learn techniques, benefits, get grow kit and supplies! 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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