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VCE-MGNV Virtual Classroom public education events for September 2021 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 postedto https://mgnv.org/reading-room/master-gardener-virtual-classroom/.

Friday, September 10, 10:00 – 11:30 am, ONLINE

Tree Care: Managing Pests and Diseases 

The health of Arlington and Alexandria’s urban forest depends on efforts across the community to plant and care for our trees. From time to time, our green canopy needs some TLC. Join Kirsten Conrad, Extension Agent for Arlington County and the City of Alexandria, to learn about common questions asked regarding tree root, leaf, and stem diseases and insect pests, and what is injurious to your trees and what is not. This program also will discuss best practices for tree planting and replacement and will offer easy, inexpensive, straightforward measures to help avoid tree problems and ensure that your trees have the best possible chance for success. Free. RSVP at https://mgnv.org/events/ toreceive link to participate.


Saturday, September 11, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, Organic Vegetable Garden at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 Marcey Road, Arlington 22207

Organic Vegetable Garden Pepper Fest!

Come sample the many kinds of peppers that we grow and tour the garden! Extension Master Gardeners will answer questions about growing peppers and other beloved summer crops. We’ll also cover other topics such as composting, soil preparation, seed selection, protecting crops from insects and animals, and ideas for your garden this Fall. Free


Friday, September 24, 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 planting, 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 a link to participate.


Sunday, September 26, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, 300 South Kensington Street, Arlington 22204

Glencarlyn Library Community Garden Autumn Fest

Come to the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden Autumn Fest for a lively celebration of Fall! There will be three mini-workshops on gardening. At 11:00 am, “Climate Conscious Gardening” will offer ideas for earth-friendly gardening practices. At 12:00 noon head over to the historic Colonial Ball-Sellers House across the street from the library to learn about the selection, placement and uses of plants in “Colonial Gardens. ”Need a refresher on how to sharpen and care for your garden tools? At 1:00 pm, “Tool Time” will provide answers. Consult with Audubon at Home Ambassadors and Extension Master Gardeners and peruse the native plants from Hill House Nursery and the many craft vendors. For the kids, a Naturalist will discuss critters from 10:00 am – Noon. Free. For more information, email glencarlynlibrarygarden@gmail.com.