April 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/.


CANCELED – Monday, April 6,
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Beatley Central Library
5005 Duke Street
Alexandria 22304
OR CANCELED – Monday, April 13,
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington 22205

CANCELED – Gardening to Attract Wildlife in a Yard of Any Size

Zinnia with Monarch

Zinnias in the Butterfly Garden at Simpson Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia attract pollinators like the monarch butterfly.
Photo © Mary Free

Looking to attract more birds, butterflies and pollinators to your yard and in the process help our local ecosystem? Providing wildlife habitat is key. Learn how to make your yard more attractive to wildlife using sustainable landscaping techniques, many of which require less work and maintenance than traditional gardening methods! Learn about native plants and other resources that can create a healthful garden for birds, butterflies and for you and your family.

This class is offered by Extension Master Gardeners.

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


CANCELED – Small Space Gardening for Pollinators

MGNV---PollinatorsThurday, April 9, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Burke Branch Library
4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria 22304

Flowers and pollinators at the garden

Flowers and pollinators at the Glencarlyn Garden.
Photo © Judy Funderburk

Learn which plants will attract and fill the needs of our native pollinators even if your garden space is limited to a small yard, a patio, or a balcony. Best gardening practices for pollinators and special considerations for designing and maintaining successful containers of native plants will also be discussed.

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.


CANCELED – Monday, April 13, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Arlington Mill Community Center
909 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington 22204

Arlington EarthFest 2020

Play recycling games, learn about recycling in Arlington, create upcycled art, learn about energy efficiency and much more. This fun event takes place on a teacher work day and all ages are invited.

Free. Questions? See Arlington Parks and Recreation Earthfest.


Saturday, April 18, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Kenmore Middle School
202 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington 22204

Arlington Home Show & Garden Expo

Arlington Home Show and Garden ExpoThis year’s family-friendly community event includes classes on turf alternatives to the traditional lawn, solar energy, and strategies to prevent basement flooding. Extension Master Gardeners at the “Ask the Master Gardener” table will answer your questions on a variety of topics.

Free. Questions? See: http://arlingtonhomeshow.org/free-classes/.


Tuesday, April 21,
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington 22205
OR Thursday, April 23,
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Burke Branch Library
4701 Seminary Road,
Alexandria 22304

Grow a Traditional Medicinal Herb Garden

Enjoy creating your own traditional medicinal herb garden! Bring the flavor, health, beauty and convenience of homegrown herbs to your garden. Our simple DIY techniques will show you how to plant, care for and harvest herbs that thrive in our area – in a garden or in containers – for bountiful herbs with a tradition of healthful benefits. (photos © Elaine Mills)

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.


Sunday, April 26, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Simpson Park Gardens 
420 E. Monroe Street, Alexandria 22301

Spring at Simpson Gardens

Waterwise Garden at Simpson Gardens in Alexandria. Photo © Christa Watters

Waterwise Garden at Simpson Gardens in Alexandria.
Photo © Christa Watters

It’s time to get out into the garden! Learn how to divide perennials, propagate new plants from existing ones, and pot up extras to give to friends. Plus, we’re giving away free seeds and providing instruction on how to choose and plant new additions to your garden. Is your garden sunny or in the shade? Dry or waterlogged? Extension Master Gardener volunteers have tips for how to cope and how to choose plants that are native to this area, making them more likely to thrive and survive.

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


Tuesday, April 28,
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Shirlington Branch Library
4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206
OR Thursday, April 30,
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Beatley Central Library
5005 Duke Street
Alexandria 22304

Outdoor Container Gardening: Basics and Beyond

Fairlington front garden Photo © 2018 Elena Rodriguez

Fairlington front garden – a mix of herbs and natives, right after planting.
Rosemary, sage, thyme, tarragon and mint in containers.
Photo © 2018 Elena Rodriguez

Learn how to grow edible and ornamental plants in containers on your porch, deck, balcony or patio. This workshop will explore soil, containers, maintenance and selection of suitable plants.

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.


Check out our Plant Clinics!

  • MGNV - Plant Clinic logoThe Arlington Central Library Plant Clinic is in the East Lobby of the Library, at 1015 N. Quincy St., on Wednesdays from 6:45-8:45 pm.
  • The Arlington Farmers Market Plant Clinic is at N. 14th St. and N. Courthouse Rd., on Saturdays from 8-11 am.
  • The Beatley Library Plant Clinic is at 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, 22304, on Tuesdays from 7:00–8:30 pm.
  • The Del Ray Farmers Market Plant Clinic is at 203 E. Oxford Ave., Alexandria, beginning Saturday May 2nd from 8:30-11:00 am.
  • The Alexandria Old Town Farmers Market Plant Clinic is at 301 King St., Alexandria, beginning Saturday May 2nd from 7:00-9:30 am.

Our Extension Master Gardener Help Desk  operates year-round and we welcome your garden-related questions, including those related to plant and insect identification. MGNV---Extension-Master-Gardener-Help-Desk-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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