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Saturday, May 1, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library, Alexandria ONLINE

Small Space Gardening for Pollinators: Q&A with MGNV

Extension Master Gardener Elaine Mills will answer questions regarding plants and best practices for sustaining a welcoming space for regional pollinators. To prepare for this session, please view the video Small Space Gardening for Pollinators in the MG Virtual Classroom at mgnv.org, and come with questions about getting started on your existing garden. Free. Access this program through the Upcoming Virtual Events at the Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library, http://alexandria.libnet.info/barrett.


Friday, May 7, 10:00 – 11:30 am, ONLINE

Controlling Mosquitoes and Ticks in Your Yard Without Pesticides

Learn pesticide-free best management practices to control mosquitoes and ticks in your yard and keep them away from you and your family. Extension Master Gardener Joan McIntyre will explain how to identify mosquitoes and ticks prevalent in this area, their lifecycle, how they reproduce, and where they go in the winter. Free. RSVP at https://mgnv.org/events/ toreceive link to participate.


Friday, May 14, 10:00 – 11:30 am, ONLINE

Top Insect and Disease Management Strategies for Fruit Producing Trees

Got fruit?  Want to add some shade with edible crops to your landscaping?  This class will offer you best practices for recognizing and managing the top 12 disease and insect pests that are found on our most popular home fruit trees. Speaker Kirsten Conrad, Extension Agent for Arlington County and the City of Alexandria, will explain how to grow a viable fruit crop without the use of pesticides or fungicides. Free. RSVP at https://mgnv.org/events/ to receive link to participate.


Sunday, May 16, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, 300 South Kensington Street, Arlington22204

Glencarlyn Library Garden Spring Celebration and Plant Sale

Come rain or shine to celebrate Spring in the Glencarlyn Library Garden! Native and locally propagated plants – including herbs, vegetables, annuals and ornamentals – from Hill House Nursery and the Library Garden will be available for sale. Honey, compost tea, hand-made pots, and t-shirts, too! We’ll be giving away free tree saplings and Extension Master Gardeners will be on site to help answer your gardening and plant selection questions. All proceeds will support care of the Glencarlyn Library Garden. Please wear your Springiest face mask and help us practice safe social distancing during the event. Free. For more information call Alyssa Ford Morel at 703-907-9318, or Elaine Mills at 703-244-7309, or email glencarlynlibrarygarden@gmail.com.


Friday, May 21, 10:00 – 11:30 am, ONLINE

Best Bets: Native Plants for Dry Conditions

Homeowners often wonder which plants will be best suited to the soil conditions in their landscapes. In this class, Extension Master Gardener Elaine Mills will describe the factors that lead to dry conditions in a garden and the adaptations plants have made to do well in hot, exposed sites, tolerate rain shortages, or survive in dry shade. She will introduce native trees, shrubs, perennials, ground covers, grasses, and sedges that have been found to thrive in these conditions, explain the benefits they provide to wildlife, and offer tips for growing and maintaining them. Free. RSVP at https://mgnv.org/events/ toreceive link to participate.


Saturday, May 22, 11:00 – 11:45 am, Arlington Home Show & Garden Expo ONLINE

Home Turf Alternatives: Converting Your Lawn into a Garden!

Are you ready to think outside of that boxy carpet of lawn that dominates your yard? Join Extension Master Gardener Donald Bobby to explore alternatives to turf grass and learn manageable techniques to reduce the size of your traditional lawn. Free. To register for session, go to https://arlingtonhomeshow.org/.The Arlington Home and Garden Expo runs on Saturday and Sunday May 23& 23, 10:00 am – 3 pm, ONLINE only. For a full list of offerings and programs, go to https://arlingtonhomeshow.org/.