Revised April 2020 Public Education Events

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VCE-MGNV Virtual Classroom public education events for April and May 2020 are online and open to all.
Register online at https://mgnv.org/public-education-events/vce-horticulture-programs-registration/ .

You will receive an email 24 hours prior to the class with the Zoom link that will allow you to participate.


Vegetable Garden Design for Success

Saturday, April 11, 2020 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ONLINE

Cherry Belle radishesBest location? How to lay out? Plan your garden for the best vegetables. Learn how to use flowers to attract pollinators.

Free online class offered by Extension Master Gardeners.
Register at mgnv.org to receive link to participate.
Questions? Email mgarlalex@gmail.com


Tomato Love

Friday, April 17, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. ONLINE

colorful heirloom tomatoes

These beautiful heirloom tomatoes were at St. Peter’s Food Co-op in St. Peter, Minnesota
Photo © 2011 Diane Krebs

Americans love tomatoes – whether that first bite of a BLT, a bowl of cool gazpacho or cherry tomatoes picked off the plant and popped into your mouth – and tomatoes are the second most consumed vegetable in the world! Learn everything you need to know to grow exceptional tomatoes: understand the many varieties, select those that suit your needs, prepare your garden, plant and nurture your plants, and harvest tasty tomatoes of your own this summer.

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Free online class offered by Extension Master Gardeners.
Register at mgnv.org to receive link to participate.
Questions? Email mgarlalex@gmail.com


Safely Enjoy the Outdoors Despite Mosquitoes and Ticks

Monday, April 20, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ONLINE

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A female Aedes aegypti mosquito while she was in the process of acquiring a blood meal from her human host.

As we welcome warmer weather, it’s time to prepare for the return of mosquitoes and ticks. Learn how to identify and control mosquitoes and ticks in a safe and effective manner – without the use of chemicals that kill beneficial insects. Participants will be able to submit questions via chat or by email.

Free online class offered by Arlington Regional Master Naturalists.
To participate, see: tinyurl.com/vm4t8kc


The Art of Composting: How to Make Your Own Black Gold

Friday, April 24, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. ONLINE

Compost scraps in compost binTurn yard clippings, kitchen waste and excess paper into black gold for your garden! Extension Master Gardeners will show you how to start composting at home, what to put into a compost pile, how to easily maintain the pile so that the materials break down properly, and how to apply the finished product to your own garden and lawn.

Free online class offered by Extension Master Gardeners.
Register at mgnv.org to receive link to participate.
Questions? Email mgarlalex@gmail.com


Outdoor Container Gardening: Basics and Beyond

Friday, May 1, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. ONLINE

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.

Free online class offered by Extension Master Gardeners.
Register at mgnv.org to receive link to participate.
Questions? Email mgarlalex@gmail.com


Coronavirus Related Schedule Changes

MGNV---Extension-Master-Gardener-Help-Desk-OPERATING! The Extension Master Gardener Help Desk is still answering emails! We welcome your garden-related questions, including those related to plant and insect identification. The Help Desk email account is reviewed  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.(noon). Contact us at mgarlalex@gmail.com.

CANCELLED – Organic Vegetable Garden Open House
Saturday, May 2, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

CANCELLED – Glencarlyn Library Garden Spring Celebration and Plant Sale
Sunday, May 3, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

MGNV - Plant Clinic logoPOSTPONED– Our Plant Clinics are postponed until further notice.

  • Arlington Central Library Plant Clinic (located in the East Lobby of the Library, 1015 N. Quincy St);
  • the Arlington Farmers Market Plant Clinic (N. 14th St. & N. Courthouse Rd) and
  • the Beatley Library Plant Clinic (5005 Duke St, Alexandria)

POSTPONED – Healthy Food, Healthy Planet-Author Forum with Mark Winne and Walker Chapel MonarchFest – New date to be announced.
Sunday, May 3, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

POSTPONED – Information Night for Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program – New date to be announced.
Thursday, May 21, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

POSTPONED – The Wednesday Night Library Garden Talks
Arlington Central Library that run from March to September 2020.
1015 N. Quincy St, Arlington 22201.

Presented with the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)

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