Monday, April 29, 2013

Upcoming Classes with Virginia Cooperative Extension

Saturday in the Garden
Taught by VCE - Prince William Master Gardener Volunteers
Teaching Garden at St. Benedict Monastery, 9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow,  20136.
All programs are free and run from 9:00am-Noon.  Registration is requested call 703-792-7747 or email
May 18 - A Time to Plant!  Join us for hands on lessons in our Teaching Garden Cooks’ Garden - direct seeding & transplanting seedlings will be covered.  Plant Sale too!  Give Your Garden a Facelift!  Spring Garden Renovation class – Join Master Gardener Volunteers as we discuss and demonstrate renovation of our Bee, Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden at the Teaching Garden.  *Master Gardener Plant Sale*
June 15 - Homegrown Herbs – growing, maintaining and using fragrant and delicious herbs with Master Gardeners Marilyn Spencer and Heidi Johnson.
Shade Savvy Plants – The Woodland Garden is featured in this class on the challenges and joys of growing plants in the shade.
July 20 - Managing problems in Your Landscape – Join Master Gardener Volunteers at the Teaching Garden as they teach “lessons learned” in a few of our 25 garden beds.  Turf Alternatives – Want less grass to mow?  The class will include a discussion of groundcovers, clover, moss, ornamental grasses, and other plants as an alternative to planting and maintaining a lawn.
August 10 - Super Turf Saturday!  Join us at the Teaching Garden for a talk and demonstration of best practices for fall lawn care.  What’s that Weed?  Let Master Gardener Volunteers help you identify common lawn and garden weeds and introduce you to some of those helpful control tips -- and a few warnings, too.
September 14 - Got Wildlife?  Get tips on handling nuisance critters and encouraging beneficial wildlife species where you live.  From Garden to Table – Want to know proper handling, storage and preparation tips for that garden produce?  Join us at the Teaching Garden for lessons on using your harvest.  *Master Gardener Plant Sale*
October 12 - Curb Appeal – Glorious gardens make your home $hine.  Join us for some tips on sustainable, research-based landscaping techniques.
Master Gardeners’ Favorite Plants – Everybody has a favorite plant.  Let Master Gardeners introduce you to some new and old favorites.

“Wildlife Walk”
May 25th, 2013 
Bristoe Station Battlefield, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Cost: $5 per person
Join outdoor experts, Charles Smith, Harry Glasglow and Jeannie Couch on a guided walk of the battlefield. Learn about the beneficial wildlife especially the birds and butterflies that call this ecosystem home.  Learn to identify the plants that these birds and butterflies need for food and shelter.  Bring binoculars.  The tour departs from the kiosk in the parking lot at Iron Brigade Unit Ave and 10th Alabama Way.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.  No pets please.  Registration requested 703-792-7747 or

Ask a Master Gardener your gardening questions
at Local Garden Centers!
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Lowe’s - Gainesville
Lowe’s - Woodbridge
Merrifield - Gainesville
Southern States - Manassas
May 4 & 18
Call 703-792-7747 for more information.

Ask a Master Gardener your gardening questions
at Local Farmers’ Markets!
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Dale City Farmers’ Market
Dale City Commuter Lot
Dale Blvd and Gemini Way
May 12 & 26
June 9 & 23
July 14 & 28
August 11 & 25
September 8 & 22
October 13 & 27
November 10

Manassas City Farmers’ Market
Located at the corner of West Street and Prince William Street in the heart of Old Town Manassas.
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
May 11 & 25
June 8 & 22
July 13 & 27
August 10 & 24
September 14 & 28
October 12 & 26
November 9
Call 703-792-7747 for more information.

10 Steps to a Greener Lawn
Saturday, August 3, 2013 
Chinn Library
13065 Chinn Park Drive; Prince William, 22192
10:00 am – 12:00 pm - Free
Master Gardener Volunteer, John Miller will share 10 ways you can keep your grass green and our local waterways clean.  This lawn care seminar will answer your lawn care questions.  Free, but registration requested 703-792-7747 or

Introduction to the Prince William County
Master Gardener Program
Find out about becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer with Virginia Cooperative Extension.  Please plan to attend one of the information sessions:
Monday, August 19, 6:30-8:30 pm – Development Services Building 5 County Complex Dr. Prince William, 22192
Wednesday, August 21, 6:30 – 8:30 pm – McCoy Conference Room, Sudley North Government Building 7987 Ashton Ave. Manassas, 20109
Free, but registration is necessary please call 703-792-7747

Extending the Season - Fall Vegetable Gardening
Saturday, September 7, 2013 
Chinn Library
13065 Chinn Park Drive; Prince William, 22192
10:00 am – 12:00 pm- Free
Learn from the Master Gardener Cook’s Garden Team Leader, Paul Gibson, how to extend your growing season and get your garden ready for winter with cover crops.  Free, but registration requested 703-792-7747 or

Fall Landscape Tree Selection & Maintenance
Saturday, October 19, 2013 
Chinn Library
13065 Chinn Park Drive; Prince William, 22192
10:00 am – 12:00 pm- Free
Fall is the best time to plant a tree.  Most urban/suburban trees decline prematurely due to improper planting, selection and care.  Free, but registration requested 703-792-7747 or

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