VCE Master Gardener April Gardening Programs

Series of Wednesday evening programs on Urban Gardening, April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 7 to 9 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. This series, taught by Arlington Food Assistance Center volunteers and VCE Master Gardeners, is designed to teach gardening skills to a wide audience. Topics by date: April 1, Superfoods for Health: Learn to Grow and Cook Them; April 8, Spring into Gardening: Transplanting, Direct Planting and Readiness (hands-on); April 15: Edible Landscaping & Fruit in the Garden; April 22, Container Gardens for Edibles; April 29, Water, Irrigation & Rain Barrels. No registration required. To confirm topic and room number, check the Arlington Library Events Calendar at http://library.arlingtonva.us or call the library at 703-228-5990

Saturday, April 11, Managing the Vegetable Garden, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. This is the final in a series of three programs on vegetable gardening. New gardeners will learn about pollinators and other beneficial insects, how crop rotation and companion planting can help control garden pests and other challenges, and how to maximize production from limited space. Registration is requested; sign up online at mgnv.org. Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Thursday, April 16, Opening of the Arlington Central Library Plant Clinic, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m., 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. The plant clinic will be open every Thursday evening through mid-November.

Saturday, April 18, Opening of Arlington Farmers Market Plant Clinic, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., N. 14th St. and N. Courthouse Rd. The plant clinic will be open every Saturday morning through September.

Saturday, April 18, Square Foot Gardening, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria. Square Foot Gardening is the practice of planning and creating small but intensively planted gardens. it combines concepts from other organic gardening methods, including a strong focus on compost, densely planted raised beds and attention to a small, clearly defined area. It is ideal of those who want to garden but have little space. Certified SFG Instructor and Master Gardener Renee Johnson will lead this program. Registration is requested; sign up online at mgnv.org. Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Monday, April 20, Ornamental Edibles in Landscapes and Containers, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington 2206. Learn how to grow ornamental edible plants in containers on your deck, balcony, or patio. This workshop will cover soil, containers, maintenance and selection of suitable plants. Registration is requested; sign up online at mgnv.org. Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 21, Managing the Vegetable Garden, 7 to 8:30 P.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington 22206. Repeat of the April 11 program, the final in a series of three programs on vegetable gardening. New gardeners will learn about pollinators and other beneficial insects, how crop rotation and companion planting can help control garden pests and other challenges, and how to maximize production from limited space. Registration is requested; sign up online at mgnv.org. Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 25, Earth Day Alexandria, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Dr. VCE Master Gardeners will help staff this event, which will include educational exhibits, demonstrations, hands-on activities for all ages, a tree sale, and more.

Saturday, April 25, Carlyle House Plant Clinic, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. Held in conjunction with the Carlyle House Annual Garden Day Herb & Craft Sale.

Sunday, April 26, Bees and Butterflies for Every Garden: How to Attract Pollinators to Your Home Garden, 1 to 3 p.m., Simpson Park Gardens, E. Monroe Ave at Simpson Park, Alexandria. MGNV volunteers will demonstrate how to incorporate native plants and plants that attract pollinators into existing gardens, using examples from MGNV’s demonstration gardens at Simpson Park: the butterfly garden, the butterfly soak, the waterwise garden, and the new shade garden.

Monday, April 27, Plan, Plant, and Use Herbs, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Learn the elements of an herb garden, how to plant a successful garden, and how to use the herbs you’ve grown. Registration is requested; sign up at mgnv.org. Questions? telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com

Monday, April 27, Design Considerations for Sustainable Gardening, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. Do you feel overwhelmed when you try to think about how and where to use plants in your yard? Have you wasted money buying plants that don’t look right where you plant them, require a lot of care, or don’t even survive? You’re not alone, and this program is a perfect place to start learning how to make smart, sustainable, and beautiful selections for your yard.Registration is requested; sign up online at mgnv.org. Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.