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TO:                 Arlington/Alexandria Community Organizations

FROM:            Publicity@mgnv.org, Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia(Alexandria/Arlington)

SUBJ:             October 2020 Public Education Programs

NOTE! VCE-MGNV Virtual Classroom public education events for October 2020 are online and open to all. RSVP online at https://mgnv.org/events/ to receive the link to participate. Click on the event titles to RSVP for each event. If you can’t join us for a live online presentation, video recordings of the sessions will be posted to https://mgnv.org/reading-room/master-gardener-virtual-classroom/.

Friday, October 9, 10:00 – 11:30 am, ONLINE

Gardening for Wildlife: Audubon at Home Wildlife Sanctuary Certification

Looking for a way to make an environmental difference in your own yard, church grounds or condo complex by creating a sanctuary for wildlife using native plants and other resources? This friendly talk reviews the “whys and how” of supporting local wildlife, and how you can obtain an Audubon at Home Wildlife Sanctuary Certification in your garden. Speaker Alyssa Ford Morel is an Extension Master Gardener, Master Naturalist and the Audubon at Home Co-Coordinator for Arlington County. Free. RSVP at https://mgnv.org/events/ toreceive link to participate.


Friday, October 16, 10:00 – 11:30 am, ONLINE

Putting Your Garden to Bed

Did you know that Fall is the ideal time to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials? This class offers easy tips for onsite composting, providing winter habitat and food for wildlife, and end-of-season care of tools and equipment. We’ll help you identify opportunities to learn from this year’s successes and failures (we all have them) to lay the groundwork for next year. Speakers are Extension Master Gardeners Joan McIntyre, who leads the VCE-MGNV Neighborhood Champions program that supports Master Gardeners as they offer gardening expertise to their neighborhoods, and Molly Newling, who excels at teaching the fine points of pruning among her many other gardening talents. Free. RSVP at https://mgnv.org/events/ to receive link to participate.


Friday, October 23, 10:00 – 11:30 am, ONLINE

Native Plants for Winter Interest

Cooler Fall weather is considered the perfect time to add woody plant to your landscape. Learn about some native trees and shrubs, as well as selected perennials, ferns and grasses, that you can still plant to provide interest and beauty to the garden throughout the winter. Extension Master Gardener Elaine Mills, a creative force behind the resource Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic, serves as a co-coordinator at the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, a Virginia Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden in Arlington, Virginia. Free. RSVP at https://mgnv.org/events/ to receive link to participate.


Note to All:

OPERATING! – The Extension Master Gardener Help Desk is still answering emails! We welcome your garden-related questions, including those related to plant and insect identification. Please include photos to assist us with identification. The Help Desk is open weekdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (noon).Contact us at mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Also check out the resources on our website, mgnv.org. You’ll find Gardening Basics for Arlington & Alexandria, VA listing our hardiness zone and frost dates, a list of problem plants and better alternatives, and an extensive compilation of Tried and True Native Plants for the Mid-Atlantic Area, complete with great color pictures and descriptions. Our schedule of gardening programs is posted on this website, so be sure to check it often!


OPEN! – Demonstration Gardens!  Designed and maintained by Extension Master Gardeners to model techniques and plants best for our area, the following gardens are open for visiting.  Information kiosks have plant lists and other cultural tips.  Information in parentheses indicates when Extension Master Gardeners may be working in the gardens and be available to answer questions.  Please wear a mask when visiting the gardens and maintain an appropriate social distance when talking with volunteers! Glencarlyn Library Community Garden (Sunday & Monday on alternate weeks 8:30-10:30am) at 300 S. Kensington St. 22204; The Teaching Garden, located behind the Fairlington Community Center and the Master Gardener Tribute Bench Garden in front of the Fairlington Community Center at 3308 S. Stafford St.22206; Organic Vegetable Garden (Wednesday 8:30-10:30 am) at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Rd 22207; Quarry Shade Garden(Alternate Saturdays 8:30-10:30 am) and Sunny Garden (Alternate Saturdays and Mondays. 9:00-11:00 am) at Bon Air Park, 850 N. Lexington St.22205; Simpson Garden (Tuesday 9:00-11:00 am and Thursday 8:30-10:30 am)at Simpson Park, 420 E. Monroe St Alexandria 22301.

For more information go to https://mgnv and click on Demonstration Gardens.


CLOSED – Our Plant Clinics: Alexandria Farmers Market Plant Clinic, Arlington Central Library Plant Clinic, Arlington Farmers Market Plant Clinic, Beatley Library Plant Clinic, and Del Ray Farmers Market Plant Clinic are closed until next year.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Arlington County Cooperative Extension five days prior to the event at703-228-6400 or *TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours (8:00 am–5:00 pm) to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event.


Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation ,race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. VCE is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.