November/December 2019 Public Education Events

MGNV LogoThe following public education programs, scheduled by Extension Master Gardeners in Arlington and Alexandria in November & December of 2019, are open to all, but space may be limitedTo reserve a spot, please register online.

Saturday, November 2,  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 and Condo Associations:
Sustainable Solutions to Landscaping Headaches

Plant NOVA Natives - Naturally Beautiful - logo with buildingsIs 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 and registration is at Questions? Telephone 703-244-9174 or email

Tuesday, November 5, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Shirlington Branch Library, Campbell Room
4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206


Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Barrett Branch Library
717 Queen St., Alexandria 22314

(please note that the same class content is offered twice)

Microgreens: What Are They, Why They Are So Fabulous, and How to Grow Them

Mimicrogreenscrogreens – You’ve likely seen them, but what makes them so good for you? Join us to learn their many benefits, and some simple ways to grow these delicious, nutritious and inexpensive baby plants and sprouts in your own home. Plus, we provide supplies for you to plant your own container. So come prepared to get a bit dirty while you make your own microgreen garden in class! This event is offered by Extension Master Gardeners.

Free. Advance registration requested at
Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or email

Saturday, November 9, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Barrett Branch Library
717 Queen St., Alexandria VA 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.

This class is now full.  
Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email

Saturday, December 7, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Walter Reed Community and Senior Center
2909 S. 16th St., Arlington 22204

Guerrilla Gardening in Your Yard: Converting Neglected Spaces into Food, Beauty, and Diversity

See your yard anew through fresh, guerrilla gardening eyes. Learn how those difficult, abandoned, or underutilized parts of your yard can be transformed into successful garden spaces that provide natural beauty, healthy foods, and important support for pollinators and other beneficial insects. We’ll show you best practices, tools, and techniques to transform your yard’s missed opportunities into attractive and productive gardens – by working with Mother Nature and not against her.
This class is offered by Extension Master Gardeners.

Free. Advance registration requested at
Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email

Check out our Plant Clinics!  

Our other plant clinics will resume in the spring.

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 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. 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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