March 2020 Public Education Events CANCELED

Due to the presence of COVID-19 in our communities, the decision has been made by both Arlington County and the City of Alexandria Public School Systems to close schools and to curtail non-essential meetings. 

By Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) policy, our programming is linked to the schedules of the schools, and as such we are currently suspending all Public Education programming and EMG activities as further detailed below.  The school closings have been extended through April 14.

Virginia Cooperative ExtensionProgramming may be further impacted by the closure of recreation centers.  As of 5:00 pm 3/13/20 Fairlington Community Center is and plans to be open on its normal schedule. No programming is permitted:  the gym is closed and while the Help Desk can remain open, we cannot have meetings or classes at Fairlington.

  • All Extension Master Gardener/MGNV led public education is cancelled. This applies not only to our own offerings, but also to those that we offer through other partners, such as the AFAC Wednesdays in the Garden, Buddy Ford Nature Center, Walter Reed 55+ and others.
  • The VCE office will be open for those seeking seeds and advice during morning Help Desk hours. If we are able to access email messages remotely, we will attempt to monitor and respond to phone and email messages.
  • All Plant Clinic services are cancelled.  

Demonstration gardens will remain open to the public.  The purpose of these closures is to limit public interaction.  If social distancing can be used effectively for outdoor activities, please do implement this procedure.  Please help to keep yourself healthy.

MGNV---Extension-Master-Gardener-Help-Desk-Our Extension Master Gardener Help Desk  operates year-round and we welcome your garden-related questions, including those related to plant and insect identification.  PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS AT THIS TIME.

Contact us at 703-228-6414 or,

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 

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