Plant clinics sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension are gearing up for the upcoming gardening season in Arlington and Alexandria, and opening dates will be arrive soon. All are staffed by VCE Master Gardeners, who answer general gardening questions as well as questions about pests and diseases and plant identification. They also provide free soil test kits on request.
Days, times and locations of the VCE Master Gardener plant clinics are listed below.
- The Arlington Central Library Plant Clinic opens March 16 and will operate from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. every Wednesday to October 26, 2016. It is located in the East Lobby of the library, 1015 N. Quincy Street. (Directions/Map)
- The Arlington Farmers’ Market Plant Clinic opens April 16 and will operate every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. through September. The Farmers’ Market is located at N. 14th St. and N. Courthouse Rd. (Directions/Map)
- The Del Ray Farmers Market Plant Clinic at East Oxford and Mt. Vernon Avenues in Alexandria opens Saturday, May 7, and will operate from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. every Saturday morning through September 24. (Directions/Map)
- The Old Town Alexandria Farmers Market Plant Clinic at 301 King Street also opens on Saturday, May 7, and will operate from 7:30 to 9:45 a.m. every Saturday through September. (Directions/Map)
VCE Master Gardeners also staff the Horticulture Help Desk, which operates from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday year round at the VCE office at the Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford Street, Arlington. The Help Desk can be reached by phone at 703-228-6414 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.