February 2020 Public Education Events

MGNV LogoThese public education events for 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/.


Monday, February 3,
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington 22205
OR Thursday, February 13,
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Burke Branch Library

4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304

How to Build Inexpensive and Effective Grow Lights

Give your plants a healthy start with grow lights to ensure your seedlings get great light indoors, even when it’s freezing outside. Grow unusual and hard-to-find varieties of vegetables not offered at local garden centers, or farm nutritious microgreens indoors. Learn the pros and cons of light systems and options for creating your own. Instructions and material lists provided are to help you jumpstart your garden. 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.


Tuesday, February 4, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Barrett Branch Library
717 Queen St., Alexandria 22314

Seeds: Selecting and Starting

Photo © 2018 Elena Rodriguez

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 how to make your own starter pots, create simple lighting systems, and practice winter sowing by starting seeds outdoors in milk-jug greenhouses. Germination is complex, but seed starting is reassuringly simple! 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.


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.

Also check out the recently published article, Keeping Honeybees, on mgnv.org by two of our extension master gardeners.

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


Monday, February 10, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington 22205

This Class is Full – Registration is closed

Planning An Edible Landscape

Carolyn's bed of edibles

Edible garden border Photo © Dorothy Acosta

Can’t decide whether to plant “pretty” plants or things you can eat? Limited time and/or space constraints? Want to put more “fun” in your gardening fundamentals? Then come learn the art of edible landscaping that mixes ornamental plants, herbs, greens and vegetables. Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will present easy and straightforward techniques for turning your yard into a delightful and delicious oasis!

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


Tuesday, February 18,
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Cherrydale Library,
2190 North Military Rd., Arlington 22207
OR Thursday, February 20,
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Fairlington Community Center

3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206

Build Healthy Soil and Manage Water in Your Yard

Hands holding soilThe healthier the soil in your yard, the more water it can potentially absorb into the ground during a deluge and the less water your plants may need when the dry times come. Learn how to build soil health by feeding your soil’s biome, how to prevent or mitigate soil erosion and compaction by choosing appropriate plants, and whether certain landscaping techniques – such as terracing or a bioswale among others – might be worth your time and effort. 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.


Monday, February 24,
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Beatley Central Library
5005 Duke St.,
Alexandria 22304
OR Saturday, February 29,
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Lee Community Center
5722 Lee Highway, Arlington 22207

Spring Lawn Care

Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge) lawn Photo © Elaine Mills

Learn what you can do now to improve and manage your lawn to make it a more environmentally friendly, less resource intensive part of your home garden. We will discuss the best types of grasses for our area, specific springtime turf management practices, nutrient management and soil testing, and basic pest and disease management. 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.


Saturday, February 29, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
American Horticultural Society River Farm
7931 E. Boulevard Drive, Alexandria 22308
Inclement Weather Date: March 7

This Class is Full – Registration is closed

Winter Pruning for Woody Plants

Wendy, Alyssa, and Judy prune a red twig dogwood in the garden.

EMGs pruning a red twig dogwood in the winter.

Winter is the best time to prune many trees and shrubs. Come for hands-on training on the how, when, and why to prune hedges, multi-stem shrubs, small trees, and large branches. The results will be healthier and fuller growth, better flowers and fruit, and attractive landscaping.
Bring your own tools, and remember to dress for the weather!
Entire class is held outdoors.
This class is offered by Extension Master Gardeners.

Free.
Advance registration required
by February 26, 2020 at mgnv.org.
Space is limited and we cannot accept walk-ins.
Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email 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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