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VCE-MGNV Virtual Classroom public educationevents for June 2021 are online and open to all. RSVP online at https://mgnv.org/events/ to receive the link toparticipate. Click on the event titles to RSVP for each event. If you can't join usfor a live online presentation, video recordings of the sessions will be postedto https://mgnv.org/reading-room/master-gardener-virtual-classroom/.

Friday, June 4, 10:00 – 11:30 am, ONLINE

Native Blooms for the Summer Garden

Spring brings an abundance of showy flowering plants to gardens in the Mid-Atlantic region, while Fall offers the beauty of colorful foliage, fruits, and seed heads. Summer flowering native plants have equally glorious ornamental qualities and provide your garden with continuity of bloom important to supporting local wildlife. Join Extension Master Gardener Elaine Mills as she describes the characteristics and attributes of 35 native perennials, woody plants, and grasses that bloom during the summer months. Elaine, a creative force behind the MGNV resource Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic, will also discuss landscape uses, as well as care and maintenance tips for these native plants. Free. RSVP at https://mgnv.org/events/ toreceive link to participate.


Friday, June 4, 12:00 noon — 1:30 pm    ONLINE

2021Arlington Green Home and Garden Tour

Sponsored by Arlington County’s Office of Sustainability and Environmental Management, Eco Action Arlington and the Virginia Cooperative Extension, this tour will feature homes with energy-efficient technologies, solar panels, and green renovations; watershed-friendly gardens, native plants, rain gardens, rain barrels, and edible landscaping. A website with short videos highlighting each tour location will be provided. Then participants are welcome to join via Zoom breakout rooms for the opportunity to interact with tour hosts as well as other local experts, including Extension Master Gardeners. Suggested donation is $5per household.  RSVP at allevents.in/online/green-home-and-garden-tour/200020998487706 for tickets.


Friday, June 18, 10:00 – 11:30 am, ONLINE

The Hospitable Gardener: Welcoming Birds to Your Garden

Birds are some of the most visible and charming visitors to our gardens. Are you interested in being a better host to them? This talk will provide practical cultural tips and plant suggestions to invite them in and help your feathered guests feel at home. Speaker Alyssa Ford Morel is an Extension Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, and the Audubon at Home Co-Coordinator for Arlington County and the City of Alexandria. Free. RSVP at https://mgnv.org/events/ toreceive link to participate.

Friday, June 25, 10:00 – 11:30 am, ONLINE

Vegetable Garden Pests and Diseases

Join Kirsten Conrad, Extension Agent for Arlington and the City of Alexandria, for a class on recognizing common injurious insects and diseases in your vegetable garden. Learn how to attract and encourage beneficial insects to assist you in fighting off these pests. Kirsten will provide tips and tricks to limit and even prevent damage on your vegetable crops. Free. RSVP at https://mgnv.org/events/ toreceive link to participate.