January 2020 Public Education Events

MGNV LogoThese public education events for January 2020 are open to all, but space may be limited. To reserve a spot, please register online https://mgnv.org/public-education-events/vce-horticulture-programs-registration/.

Thursday, January 9, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Burke Branch Library
4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304

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

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


Monday, January 27, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Arlington Mill Community Center
909 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington 22204

Selecting and Starting Seeds

Starting Seeds

Jump-start your vegetable garden! Get the scoop on seed selection—hybrid vs. heirloom, which seeds to start indoors and what’s required to get them growing. Learn to make your own starter pots and how to bring sunshine inside with simple lighting systems. Germination is complex, but seed starting is reassuringly simple!

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

Saturday, January 25, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Gunston Community Center
2700 S. Lang Street, Arlington 22206

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, geographic origins, and why these plants 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.

And coming in February  . . . Just Added!

Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Arlington Mill Community Center, Room 525
909 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington 22204

Introduction to Slovenian AŽ Hive Accessible Urban Beekeeping

Urban beekeeping is a unique way of protecting pollinators and growing a honey harvest in limited urban spaces. Join us to learn about an alternative to the traditional type of Langstroth hive box with experienced, Slovenian beekeeping experts. Learn about local laws, bee health, sustainability, urban agriculture and much more. This event is one of the 2020 Sustainable Urban Agriculture Lectures

Free. Advance registration by calling 703-228-6414 or emailing mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Our Plant Clinics at the Farmers’ Markets and the Arlington Central Library and the Garden Talks at the Arlington Central Library are closed for the season but our Extension Master Gardener Help Desk remains open!

MGNV---Extension-Master-Gardener-Help-Desk-Our Help Desk operates year-round and we welcome your garden-related questions, including those related to plant and insect identification. The Help Desk operates from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays at the VCE office at the Fairlington Community Center
3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206 

Contact us at 703-228-6414 or mgarlalex@gmail.com, or drop by to speak with our Help Desk volunteers.  It’s best to call before you come to make sure we’re available.

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