March VCE Master Gardener Public Education Programs

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DATE:      February 9, 2016

TO:          Arlington/Alexandria Community Organizations

FROM:     Teddye Clayton, Publicity Chair, Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (Alexandria/Arlington)

 

SUBJ:     March VCE Master Gardener Public Education Programs

 

VCE Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (Alexandria/Arlington) have scheduled the following free events in March 2016. We hope you will be able to share this information widely with your organizations, neighbors and friends.

Wednesday, March 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m.—Turfgrass Management, Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington 22206. Learn about turfgrass selection for our area, specific springtime turf management practices, nutrient management and soil testing, and basic pest and disease management. Advance registration is requested. Free. Register at mgnv.org. Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or send an email to mgarlalex.org.

Saturday, March 5, 10:30 a.m. to noon (Arlington location to be announced) and Saturday, March 12, 2:30 to 4 p.m. (Alexandria location to be announced)—How to Prune Practically Anything. Come learn the proper way to prune evergreens and deciduous shrubs, deadhead perennials, remove large limbs from trees safely, and remove English ivy from trees. This workshop will demonstrate proper pruning techniques and provide an opportunity for hands-on experience. You’ll also learn how to sharpen and maintain your tools and how to use them safely. Bring your own tools and dress warmly for a two-hour session outdoors.Each workshop is limited to 15 participants, so register early at mgnv.org. Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or send an email to mgarlalex.org.

Tuesday, March 8, 7 to 8:30 p.m.—Herbs: From the Grocery Store to the Garden to the Kitchen,Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St., Alexandria 22314. Learn how to shop the produce aisles of your grocery store to supplement your seed and plant purchases.  Do you have a taste for ginger and new potatoes?  Do you use a lot of garlic and shallots? This program will cover how to plant, grow and cook with the many vegetables and herbs you can buy at the grocery store. Free. Register at mgnv.org. Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or send an email to mgarlalex.org.

Wednesday, March 9, 2 to 4 p.m.—Going Native: Tried & True Plants for the Landscape, Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria 22304. This program will focus on the characteristics of native plants, why they matter and how to incorporate them into a home garden. Best bets for particular settings—sun, shade or in-between—will also be discussed. Free. Register at mgnv.org. Questions? Call 703-228-6414or send an email to mgarlalex.org.

Series of Wednesday evening programs on Urban Gardening beginning March 16 and continuing through mid-October. 7 to 9 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington 22201. Designed to teach gardening skills to a wide audience, these programs are jointly sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension, Master Gardeners of Arlington/Alexandria and the Arlington Food Assistance Center.The March 18 program will focus on seed starting and soil preparation. No need to register. 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, March 19, 10:30 to noon—Plant Propagation, Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304. Do you want to make more plants from the ones you already have? Spend a morning with Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia and learn tips and techniques for expanding your inventory. This program covers the basics of sexual plant propagation, including pollination, planting seeds and transplanting seedlings. Demonstrations of asexual plant propagation will include stem cuttings, leaf cuttings, division and air layering. Come learn how to make your plants go forth and multiply! Free. Maximum of 30 participants, so register early at mgnv.org. Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or send an email to mgarlalex.org.

Tuesday, March 22, 7 to 8:30 p.m.—Vegetable Gardening 2: Management and Maintenance,Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington 22206. This program for new gardeners will emphasize best management practices to manage and maintain a healthy garden. Topics covered include the importance of pollinators and other beneficial insects and how to identify them; how crop rotation and intercropping can help control the challenges of garden pests; how to identify diseases and weeds; and how to maximize harvests with space-saving techniques. Free. Register at mgnv.org. Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or send an email to mgarlalex.org.

 

And a reminder: VCE’s Master Gardener Help Desk operates year-round to answer garden-related questions, including questions about plant and insect identification. It’s staffed from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays in the VCE office at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. You can reach us by phone at 703-228-6414 or by email at mgarlalex@gmail.com. You’re also welcome to drop by, but we suggest contacting us beforehand to let us know you’re coming.

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