The Quarry Shade Garden Presents Sensational Summer Stars Please join us for a 20-minute tour of the Quarry Shade Garden highlighting shade plants to brighten your summer garden. Extension Master …
Extension Master Gardeners Amy Crumpton and Molly Newling discuss how to properly care for trees already in your home landscape and how to assess your site’s conditions to help you select appropriate new tree species to include. Their emphasis is on native tree species since our area has such a rich number of species to choose from. They discuss how and when (Fall is the time!) to plant a tree and how to tend it as you watch it grow.
Are you curious about saving seeds from your garden? Or from veggies you bought at a farmer’s market or grocery store? Gardeners across the country are saving their own seeds to develop plants with the qualities they value, and that are adapted to their own specific gardens. Join Extension Master Gardeners Libby Good and Kathryn Kellam to learn when and how to save seeds, which ones are likely to be reliable, and which ones may surprise you. Choose wisely and you may develop your very own heirloom strain!
Join us at our celebration of Fall and nature with plants, crafts, food and education! Taste foods and beverages featuring herbs; Visit the Ball-Sellers House for tours and the Glencarlyn Library for story time at 10:30 am; Buy Native plants, pottery, honey, T-shirts; Make sachets from dried herbs; Learn from Extension Master Gardeners!
Stop by while you're at the Fairlington Farmers Market! Extension Master Gardeners Anne Reed and Debbie Keefe will introduce the Green Invaders (invasive plants) and Groot (the superhero that controls and can protect native plants). Children will see some of Virginia’s “Dirty Dozen” Green Invaders and learn why they are harmful. Kids will hear about Groot’s “mastermind plan” to grow natives. A free native plant will be offered per family. For children ages 5-10. Due to space limitations, participants are limited to 15 kids – first come, first served.
Come sample the many kinds of peppers we grow and tour the garden! Extension Master Gardeners will answer questions about growing peppers and other beloved summer crops. We’ll also cover topics such as composting, soil preparation, seed selection, protecting crops from insects and animals, and ideas for your garden this Fall.
Economically, exotic invasives cost the United States over $120 billion annually (Pimentel et al. 2005). Exotic invasives come in all shapes, sizes, and kingdoms. Virginia has over 90 species of exotic invasive plants. "Right Plant, Right Place" is an easy guide for homeowners to remember when planting. Extension Master Gardeners have many other solutions to planting beautiful eco-friendly gardens as alternatives to invasive plants. See examples of pollinator beds and shade loving plants. We will be on hand to answer your questions about the demonstration gardens and "Right plant, Right place."
The Plant Clinic at the Small Space Garden is staffed by VCE Master Gardeners, who answer general gardening questions as well as questions about pests, diseases, and plant identification. They also provide free soil test kits on request. The Plant Clinic coincides with the Fairlington Farmers Market and is located at the back of the Fairlington Community Center.